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Bemidji State women's hockey falls flat against Ohio State

Bemidji State's Jamie Hatheway (right) and Ohio State's Brittany Carlson (left) battle for the puck behind the Ohio State net Friday at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The same Bemidji State women's hockey team that earned a promising split against No. 4 Wisconsin last weekend came out flat Friday night against Ohio State.

The Buckeyes scored three first-period goals and went on to defeat the Beavers 5-2 at John Glas Fieldhouse.

"We're disappointed," Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said. "They out worked us, they were more physical than us and it showed on the scoreboard. There was no energy and passion like we had last week."

The Beavers will look to gain the split Saturday afternoon at 2:07 p.m. when the two teams wrap up the weekend series.

Ohio State's Natalie Spooner, Hokey Langan and Jenna Kilpatrick scored in a seven-minute span in the first period for the Buckeyes.

"We were just not moving our feet at all in the first period and we were not generating any offense at all," Sertich said. "Their top players were outplaying our top players."

Erin Johnson scored both goals for Bemidji State.

The Beavers (1-4-0, 1-2-0 WCHA) were outshot in the game 28-16.

BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova finished with 23 saves and Ohio State goalie Chelsea Knapp finished with 14 saves.

Johnson's first goal came in the second period on the power play. She deflected a blue line shot from Montana Vichorek and the puck fluttered over Knapp's shoulder.

"That was one of the few things we did right in the game," Sertich said. "We were not winning many faceoffs, especially in the second period."

It cut Ohio State's lead to 3-1.

As quickly as that goal breathed life into the Beavers, Ohio State answered and went back up three goals when Minttu Tuominen scored just over a minute later.

Johnson scored her second goal with 10 minutes left in the game.

Ohio State is now 1-2-2 overall and 1-2 in the WCHA.

Sertich will be looking to mix up line combinations for Saturday's games.

"We have to take a look at changing up the lines because we had no energy," he said. "We need to have some personnel changes so we can get something going."