Experience a trip to Bemidji, Minn., with the Buckeye women’s hockey team

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The town of Bemidji, Minn., is about 900 miles from Columbus, Ohio. Last weekend, the Ohio State women’s hockey team ventured up there for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against the Beavers of Bemidji State.

The Buckeyes left Thursday morning on a flight to Minneapolis. They then loaded up the bus with their bags and equipment and headed four and a half hours north of the Twin Cities.

The only stop on the way was for lunch. Upon arrival, the team briefly dropped their non-hockey gear at the hotel before heading to the John Glas Fieldhouse on the BSU campus for practice. After hours on the bus, the opportunity to stretch the legs and move around felt great.

Practice was followed with dinner and a video session in preparation for the two hockey games against the Beavers.

On Friday, the Buckeyes arrived at the rink at noon to get ready for the 2 p.m. faceoff. After a team meeting, Ohio State got going with warm-ups and stretching before hitting the ice.

The game was a good one. Shannon Reilly scored the tying goal with just 44 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Although the Buckeyes never led the game, Ohio State earned two points with a shootout win.

That night the Buckeyes headed back to the fieldhouse after dinner at the hotel to watch the Bemidji State men’s team face Niagara, archrivals in the College Hockey America league. Also a back-and-forth game, the visiting Purple Eagles topped the Beavers, 4-3.

One off-ice highlight was when Bucky the Beaver broke his drum while beating it loudly in the middle of the Buckeyes. That’s one way to get him to quiet down.

Ohio State had a tougher time against the Beavers Saturday, dropping a 3-1 decision before heading back to Minneapolis to fly home to Columbus Sunday morning.

Four days, 1,800 miles, two WCHA points, 125 minutes of hockey and three rounds of a shootout. That’s one full weekend.

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