Buckeyes Fall in Game One in Bemidji, 4-1
Feb. 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to Bemidji State Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. by a score of 4-1.
The loss drops Ohio State to 11-15-5 on the season and 6-14-5 in WCHA play. Bemidji State gains three points on OSU in the league standings and now sits one point back of the Buckeyes for fifth-place.
The Buckeyes outshot the Beavers 31-28 in the contest and senior goaltender Lisa Steffes stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in the game while Beaver goaltender Brittni Mowat saved 30.
Bemidji State took control of the opening period while on the penalty kill. The Beavers took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted short-handed goal by Kaitlyn Tougas after she tool the face-off in front of the OSU net and immediately put it into the back of the net.
BSU pushed its lead to two scores less than two minutes later on a goal from Kristine Grenier, who had just gotten out of the penalty box. The Buckeyes were outshot 14-7 in the first period.
The Buckeyes came out stronger in the second, getting on the board early in the period as they took advantage of another Grenier penalty and cut the lead to 2-1. Junior Taylor Kuehl got the goal for OSU at the 3:00 mark of period two, her eighth of the season. Kuehl leads the Buckeyes with five power play scores this season. Senior Ally Tarr picked up the lone assist on the play, her team-leading 25th point of the season.
OSU got a five-minute power play midway through the second period following a checking from behind major and game-misconduct on Tess Dusik of the Beavers but was unable to get the game-tying score they were looking for.
Despite outshooting Bemidji State 15-4 in period two, the Beavers again took a two-goal lead into the locker room as Allie Duellman got the puck past Steffes late in the period to put BSU up 3-1.
The lone goal of the final stanza came with under three seconds remaining on the clock as Alex Citrowske added an empty-net goal to give the Beavers a 4-1 victory.
OSU finished 1-4 on the power play and held the Beavers scoreless on three power play attempts.
The teams will wrap up the series Saturday at the Sanford Center starting at 3:07 p.m. ET.
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