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Bemidji State notebook: Women's hockey team hosts Wayne State

Erin Johnson and the Bemidji State women's hockey team hosts Wayne State Friday night and Saturday afternoon at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State women's hockey team returns home this weekend to end the non-conference schedule this season with Wayne State.

The Beavers play the Warriors at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at John Glas Fieldhouse.

Bemidji State enters the series with a 1-6-1 overall record (1-2-1-1 WCHA) after losing a pair of one-goal decisions at Northeastern last weekend.

Wayne State is 3-2-2 after picking up a pair of victories last weekend on the road against Colgate.

The Beavers played strong last week in Boston and outshot the Huskies 63-46 in the series.

But the Beavers could not find a way to close out the games, giving up the winning goal both nights in the final minutes of the third period.

It has been a mixed start through the first month for the Beavers, who began the year with back-to-back series against Mercyhurst and Wisconsin.

The Beavers finished 1-3 in that stretch by earning the second win in school history over Wisconsin in Coleraine.

The Beavers then played Ohio State and lost and won in a shootout before going to Northeastern last weekend.

Bemidji State played Wayne State last season in the opening weekend and split with the Warriors, winning 3-2 and losing 2-1.

The Beavers are having trouble scoring as no player has more than a single goal on the season.

Annie Bauerfeld leads the team in points with one goal and four assists.

Goalie Zuzana Tomcikova is 1-4 this season with a goals against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .917.

The Bemidji State women's soccer team closes out the regular season with a pair of home games this weekend.

The Beavers will play Augustana at 3 p.m. Friday and Wayne State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Beavers are currently tied for eighth place in the NSIC standings and a win against Augustana and a tie against Wayne State would secure a playoff spot for the Beavers.

The Beavers played only one game last weekend and tied with No. 25 Minnesota-Duluth 1-1.

Samantha Ross had nine saves in the tie and that performance earned her NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The Beavers are fighting through injuries at the end of the season with Kim Sorteberg, Tiffany Van Haaften and Jenny Stromberg lost for the season to various ailments.

The Beavers carry a 9-6-1 overall record into the weekend series and are 5-5-1 in the NSIC.

Augustana is 7-6-5 overall (4-3-4 NSIC) and Wayne State is 4-13-1 overall (1-9-1 NSIC).

The Bemidji State volleyball team hits the road this weekend to take on two nationally ranked teams.

The Beavers face No. 14 Minnesota State, Mankato Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 16 Southwest Minnesota State Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Beavers are tied for seventh in the conference standings with a 9-15 overall record and 6-7 NSIC record.

Bemidji State played one game last week, a 3-0 loss to No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.

It snapped a three-match winning streak for the Beavers in NSIC play.

This weekend presents a challenge for BSU as the Beavers are 0-8 against ranked opponents this season.

BSU hitter Nicole Olson is approaching 300 kills for the season and enters the weekend with 257.

Bethany Thompson, Nicole Solum, Laura Slinger and Courtney Bitter are also helping the Beaver offense with over 100 kills each on the season.

Bitter could reach 1,000 set assists this season and has 814 enters the weekend with 814 with six games to play.

Soccer forward Ashlee Ellefsen and football quarterback Derek Edholm were named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 19-25.

Ellefsen provided the lone goal in BSU's tie with Duluth.

She became BSU's all-time career points leader (72) in the game as well. Ellefsen had 28 goals and 16 assists this season.

With one more assist, she can set the school record for assists in a single season.

Edholm threw for a career-high 391 yards and matched a career-best five touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to No. 7 Duluth last weekend.

He finished the day 27-of-41 passing and lead the Beavers to three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game.

His 391 yards also stands as the Beavers' fourth-best single-game passing yardage total since 1980.