Feb. 13, 2016
Bemidji, Minn.— Ohio State fell to No. 7 Bemidji State 6-2 on Saturday night, ending both its season series with the Beavers as well as its regular season road schedule.
Whereas yesterday’ game featured nearly twice as many Bemidji State shots as Ohio State shots, tonight’s game was much closer in terms of shot margin. The Buckeyes’ total of 32 shots was just narrowly edged out by BSU’s 34. In fact, Ohio State outshot its WCHA foe in two of the three periods.
Bemidji State scored two goals in the first five minutes to take an early 2-0 lead. At the 16:35 mark, Cara Zubko potter her fifth goal of the season, cutting Ohio State’s deficit to 2-1. Maddy Field and Claudia Kepler assisted on the goal, with Kepler notching her team-leading 23rd point of the season. That would be the final score of the period, one that ended with a 10-9 shot differential in favor of Ohio State.
The second period was all Bemidji State. It kicked off the scoring with a power play goal just 1:39 into the frame to increase its lead to 3-1, and it would score two more goals to make it 5-1 after 40 minutes. The Beavers outshot the Buckeyes 15-11 in that period and converted on its only power play chance of the frame as well.
Each team would score a goal in the third period which would lead to the final score of 6-2. Ohio State’s goal came from Field, her eighth of the season, and it was assisted by Lauren Boyle and Julia McKinnon. The goal came with some open ice as both teams had a player in the penalty box at the time, forcing both squads to roll with four skaters.
Coming off the bench, goaltender Alex LaMere stopped 13 of the 14 shots she faced, giving her 56 saves over the course of the weekend.
This series concludes Ohio State’s regular season road schedule, and now next weekend’s home series against North Dakota is all that lies between the Buckeyes and the WCHA tournament. Earlier this season, OSU and UND split their series, during which Ohio State earned its first win over a ranked opponent this season. More information on those games to follow.