Rookie named WCHA DPOW record third-straight time
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
MADISON, Wisc. - Bemidji State University women’s hockey rookie goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia) has made history by being named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight time, an honor that the league announced today.

Tomcikova played in the first game of a series sweep over College Hockey America foe Robert Morris University this past weekend (Jan. 2) in Moon Township, Pa. She posted her second-career shutout, leading the Beavers to a 2-0 victory with 18 saves. The win snapped BSU’s school-record 14-game losing streak and was the beginning of a new two-game win streak, the longest in more than a year.

She was the only WCHA goaltender to record a shutout this past weekend.

Tomcikova lowered her goals-against average to 2.67 and increased her save percentage to .930, third-best in the WCHA. Both marks would be single-season school records if the season were to end today. The rookie netminder has played in 900:23 of action while saving a conference best 530 shots this season. She is also fourth in the entire country in total saves while ranking 10th overall in save percentage.

This is the third-straight time she has earned the award after being named Defensive Player of the Week on both Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

She is just the second player in WCHA history to earn a player of the week honor three times in a row. The only other time this happened was Jan. 23-Feb. 6, 2007, when Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan was named Rookie of the Week for three-straight weeks.

Tomcikova is the first BSU player ever to earn three player of the week awards in the same season, and she is the only player in the WCHA to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors more than once this year.

The freshman goalie is the fifth player in BSU history to earn a player of the week honor three times or more in a career, and she is tied with Amber Fryklund (2000-03) and Bre Dedrickson (1999-03) for third-most player of the week honors by an individual in school history.

Tomcikova now trails just Emily Brookshaw (2004-08) and Jill Luebke (2002-06) for most Defensive Player of the Week honors in a career. Brookshaw leads the way with seven for her career and Luebke is second all-time with four.

Bemidji State (3-15-2, 0-14 WCHA) will be back in action this weekend when WCHA rival Minnesota State University comes to John Glas Fieldhouse. Games will be played Jan. 9-10 and faceoffs are set for 7:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m., respectively.

Offensive Player of the Week: Gigi Marvin, University of Minnesota
Defensive Player of the Week: Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State University
Rookie of the Week: Marie-Michelle Poirier, University of North Dakota

About Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students annually, the university offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The university is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding.

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