Feb. 12, 2016
Bemidji, Minn.—Ohio State (9-21-1, 5-19-1 WCHA) struck first, but Bemidji State (19-9-3, 14-9-2 WCHA) scored the final three goals in Friday’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Beavers.
Though Bemidji State had just a two goal advantage over the Buckeyes, it had nearly 20 more shots: 45 compared to 26. The fact that Ohio State was able to stay within a couple goals despite the shot disparity is really a testament to how well Alex LaMere played between the pipes.
Freshman Lauren Boyle got things started in the box score by scoring the first goal of the game to put Ohio State up 1-0. Her third goal of the year was assisted by linemates Julianna Iafallo and Julia McKinnon. The goal came at 14:21 in the first period and was a good early sign for the Buckeyes, who had failed to convert on two earlier power play chances. Though OSU was outshot 14-6 in the first period, it held the only advantage that mattered thanks to Boyle’s score. Half of Bemidji State’s shots came on its lone power play opportunity of the period, which came after an Ohio State roughing penalty.
With all those shots it was only a matter of time before the Beavers answered, and they did just that at the 12:24 mark of the second period. After killing the only Bemidji State power play up to that point, Ohio State let up a power play goal that tied the game at 1-1. The tie would hold through the second intermission, though the margin between shots grew to 18-6 for the second period and 32-12 for the game.
That tie would be broken in the third period. Bemidji State score twice, once at the 6:53 mark and again at 11:29 to take the 3-1 lead and the game, handing Ohio State its fourth straight loss.
As was previously stated, the loss certainly could have been more substantial had LaMere not had the game she did. The sophomore stopped 42 of the 45 shots that came her way, a new season and career high for her. On the offensive end, Kendall Curtis led the way with five shots while McKinnon and Maggie Rothgery each fired off four shots.
The series will conclude tomorrow afternoon with puck drop scheduled for 5:07 ET