This is the second-straight week she has won the award, and she becomes the first player in the conference to be named defensive player of the week more than once this season.
Tomcikova recorded 88 saves in two games against the Fighting Sioux, which were by far the most of any goaltender that played this past weekend from the WCHA. She recorded 46, one shy of her collegiate career high, in a 2-1 loss to UND at John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji Dec. 12. Tomcikova, who faced 45+ shots on goal in each game and a total of 94 overall in the Dec. 12-13 series, posted a .936 save percentage on the weekend while making double-digit saves in all but one of the six periods.
She had the second-best save percentage of all WCHA goalies this past weekend, while posting the highest save percentage among goaltenders who played in both games of their respective series. With all those shots faced, she was still able to post the second-best goals against average among goalies who played in both games at 2.94, and third amongst all goalies.
She had 42 saves, including 19 in the second period and 17 in the third, in the second game of the series when Bemidji State fell 4-3 in overtime to North Dakota.
Tomcikova helped hold the Fighting Sioux to three power-play goals in 14 man-advantage opportunities. On the season, Tomcikova leads the conference with 512 saves, 91 more than No. 2 on that list, and ranks fourth overall among all WCHA goaltenders with a .928 save percentage. She owns a 2.86 goals-against average while playing 840:23. Tomcikova is also second in the entire country in total saves while ranking 13th overall in save percentage.
The last time a BSU player earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors before Tomcikova began this two-week stretch was Nov. 27, 2007, when Emily Brookshaw was awarded the honor. Brookshaw won the award twice in a season three separate times, and Tomcikova will have the opportunity in the second half of the year to do something she never did, win it three times in one year.
Bemidji State (1-15-2, 0-14 WCHA) is currently in the middle of a three-week break to observe the holidays, and the team will be back in action Jan. 2-3 at Robert Morris University. The two squads will hit the ice at 6:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., respectively.
WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: December 17, 2008
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Hayley Klassen, Ohio State University
Melissa Jaques, University of North Dakota
Defensive Player of the Week: Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State University
Rookie of the Week: Natalie Spooner, Ohio State University
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.
For further information about the university, visit our Web site at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu.