Tomcikova named WCHA Defensive POW
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
MADISON, Wisc. - Bemidji State University women’s hockey goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) had one of the best weekends of her young career in the recent two-game series against the University of Minnesota Duluth, and for her efforts the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that she has been named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 10-16.

Tomcikova recorded a career-high 93 saves in the two-game series at then No. 4-ranked Minnesota Duluth, while matching her single-game career high with 47 in a 4-1 loss to the Bulldogs at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center in Duluth, Minn., last Saturday.

Tomcikova, who faced 51 shots on goal in each game and a total of 102 overall in the Dec. 5-6 series, posted a .912 save percentage on the weekend while making double digit saves in all six periods. The save percentage was the second best amongst WCHA goaltenders who played in both games this past weekend.

Tomcikova was the only goaltender to play all 120 minutes in net for her respective team. Her 93 saves were more than all the goalies combined in the St. Cloud State-Wisconsin series (86), and tied the number of saves from all the goalies in the Minnesota-North Dakota series.

She had 46 saves, including 21 in the third period, in the first game of the series when Bemidji State fell 5-2 to UMD. She helped hold the Bulldogs to three power-play goals in 16 man-advantage opportunities over the weekend.

On the season, Tomcikova ranks fourth overall among WCHA goaltenders with a .926 saves percentage, and she owns a 2.84 goals-against average while playing 717:45.

The last time a BSU player earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors was Nov. 27, 2007, when Emily Brookshaw was awarded the honor. The last time a BSU player was named a player of the week was Jan. 15, when Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) was named rookie of the week.

Bemidji State (1-13-2, 0-12 WCHA) will be looking to win its first conference game of the season Dec. 12-13 when North Dakota comes to John Glas Fieldhouse. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m., respectively, and this will be the last two games of the fall semester.

WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: December 10, 2008
Offensive Player of the Week: Gigi Marvin, University of Minnesota
Defensive Player of the Week: Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State University
Co-Rookies of the Week: Brooke Ammerman, University of Wisconsin
Monique Lamoureux, University of Minnesota Duluth

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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