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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team lost, 4-1, at Bemidji State Friday afternoon in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Sanford Center. The Buckeyes close out the regular season vs. the Beavers at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.

Ohio State is 14-17-2 overall and 8-17-2-2 in WHCA play, while Bemidji State improves to 13-15-3 and 11-13-3-2 in the conference.

In the first period, the Beavers were the first to strike with two goals in just over a minute. Emily Erickson opened the scoring at 9:48 with an assist by Erin Cody. Bemidji State scored its second goal after Abby Williams sent a shot into the back of the net off a rebound following a save by OSU goaltender Lisa Steffes at 10:53. Annie Bauerfeld and Ericka Wheelhouse were credited with the assists. The Beavers held a 17-3 advantage on shots in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second, Bemidji State stretched its lead to three goals following a score by Lauren Williams at 7:59. The Buckeyes had their first power play opportunity three minutes after the BSU goal, but could not capitalize on the man advantage.

Later in the period, the Buckeyes were able to break up the shutout just seconds following a BSU penalty was completed at 18:03. Senior forward Jenna Kilpatrick scored her first goal of the season with assists coming from sophomore forward Kim Theut and junior forward Natalie Spooner.

The Beavers extended their lead to 4-1 at 9:20 after Cody tallied her 20th goal of the season. Marlee Wheelhouse and Erickson picked up the assists on the Bemidji State’s fourth goal of the afternoon.

Steffes finished with a total of 40 saves and moves to 14-17-2 this season.

Overall, Bemidji State had a 44-21 lead in shots. Ohio State was 0-of-4 on the power play, while Bemidji State was 0-of-1.

Game Notes:

  • Junior forward Natalie Spooner posted her 38th point of the season vs. the Beavers. She has tallied at least one point in the last three games and now has 112 points in her career, which is sixth on the all-time career points list.
  • Spooner leads Ohio State in scoring vs. Bemidji State with 13 points (5g, 8a) in 11 games.
  • Freshman goaltender Lisa Steffes recorded her sixth 40-save game in 2011 Friday afternoon. She now has 979 saves this season, which leads the country.
  • Buckeyes are now 27-14-8 all-time vs. Bemidji State