Series against Ohio State
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team travels out to Columbus, Ohio to finish the season series against the Buckeyes. The games are scheduled for Friday Jan. 22 at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 23 at 1:07 p.m. Both game times are noted in Central Time.
• Ohio State holds the advantage in the series going 23-12-7 against Bemidji State.
• In the previous meeting between the two teams this season, Ohio State walked away with three points, beating BSU the first night 5-3 before losing in a shootout to finish off the weekend.
• In the Oct. 17, 2009 game the Beavers scored two unanswered goals to send the game into overtime. Alana McElhinney was in net for Bemidji State and recorded her first career shoot-out win.
• The last time the Beavers won in Columbus, Ohio was on Jan. 5, 2007 with a 2-1 victory.
• The weekend series against Ohio State will be the last regular-season series for BSU tender Zuzana Tomcikova this year. She will be leaving the BSU squad after the weekend to join up with the Slovakian national team for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Scouting Ohio State
• The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota State by scores of 6-0 and 3-2, Jan. 15-16 at All Seasons Arena in Mankato. Ohio State is 5-2-1 in its last eight games.
• Two season firsts were recorded last Friday when Chelsea Knapp stopped all 26 shots faced for the first shutout and Minttu Tuominen scored three goals for the Buckeyes’ first hat trick. Natalie Spooner, Paige Semenza and Christina Mancuso also had goals for Ohio State, who scored all six goals in the first two periods of the game. A total of nine Buckeyes had points in the game, including five with multiple-point performances.
• After two points in the first 15 games of her career, Semenza has six points in the last six games.
•The Buckeye penalty-kill was a perfect 8-of-8 against Minnesota State and has now held opponents scoreless in 35 of their last 38 power-play attempts.
•Tuominen and former Buckeye All-American Emma Laaksonen were named to the Finnish National Team for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
•Tuominen and Laaksonen join Tessa Bonhomme with Team Canada and Lisa Chesson with Team USA as Buckeyes who will be competing in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Last Time Out
• Last time out BSU picked up two points from the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers, forcing two ties in the weekend series.
• In Friday’s Jan. 15 game, the Beavers tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Emily Erickson redircted a shot by Montana Vichorek to tally her third goal of the season. BSU outshot Minnesota 28-26 in the game.
• The Beavers accomplished the same result in Saturday’s Jan. 16 game, but had to withstand an even stronger barrage from the Gopher attack. Minnesota attempted 102 shots in the game, but Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 44 of the 45 shots on goal. The BSU defense chipped in as well blocking 30 additional shots. Erin Cody scored early in the game to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Cody dangled her way past UM goalie Noora Räty to net her 12th goal of the season.
•The two points from the weekend helped Bemidji State gain a share of third place in the WCHA.
She’s On Fire!
• Erin Cody has been averaging one goal/game and 1.25 points/game in her last eight games. In those games she has netted eight goals and tallied two helpers.
• She has tallied two-thirds of her season goals in the past eight games.
• In those past eight games she has recorded 10 points. (2 goals at North Dakota on Dec. 5; 2 goals vs. North Dakota on Dec. 6; 1 goal at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 12; 1goal and 1 assist at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 13; 1 assist vs Minnesota State on Jan. 9; 1 goal vs Minnesota State on Jan. 8; 1 goal vs Minnesota on Jan. 16).
• Erin Cody (12G, 9A), Erin Johnson (10G, 5A), and Annie Bauerfeld (4G, 10A) have accounted for 45 percent of the offensive production so far this season for the Beavers.
• Six of Johnson’s goals have come on the power play.
• Six of the six game-winning goals have come from the trio, four from Johnson (Oct. 30 vs. Wayne State, Nov. 7 vs. Minnesota State, Dec. 5 vs. North Dakota, & Jan. 9 vs Minnesota State), one from Bauerfeld (Oct. 16 vs. Wisconsin), and one from Cody (Dec. 6 vs. North Dakota).
• On Dec. 9 Cody was recognized for her efforts in the series against North Dakota being named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. She scored four goals, including a game winner in OT, over the weekend against the Sioux.
• After a stellar freshman campaign Beaver goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova has made an even better sophomore debut this season gathering 633 saves on 673 shots. She currently has a .941 save percentage on the season while recording a 1.97 goals against average.
• She is currently ranked fifth in the country for save percentage (.941) and third in the country for saves (633).
• In her seventh-career shutout Tomcikova made 37 saves, 30 of which came in the first two periods against Minnesota State at home on Jan. 9, 2009.
• Posting her sixth-career shutout, Tomcikova turned away 26 shots, including eight on the PK, to help lift the Beavers 3-0 over North Dakota.
• Stopping 28 shots on Nov. 13, 2009 against St. Cloud State at home, Tomcikova earned her fifth-career shutout and her second on the year.
• In the second shoot out of the season for the Beavers, Tomcikova stopped 11 of 13 shooters to help BSU claim the extra point from the shootout win against Minnesota State on Nov. 6, 2009.
• Her shutout against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, 2009 was the second time Bemidji State has recorded a shutout against the Badgers.
• She was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct.14-20. She now has a total of four defensive player of the week awards after garnering three in a row last year.
• Tomcikova will be playing for the Slovakian National Women’s Hockey Team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
• Her success on the ice last year didn’t go unnoticed as she was the first player in WCHA history to be honored with Defensive Player of the Week three times in a row (Dec. 10 - Jan. 7).
• She was also named to the 2008-09 All-WCHA Rookie Team and 2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team, which was the highest individual award won by a BSU women’s hockey player.
• Jackie Robertson returns for her senior season as one of the team captains. Robertson anchors the blue line this season as the oldest and most experienced member of the D-line.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the BSU defense has blocked 475 shots so far this season; including 51 blocked shots in the weekend against Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 12-13) and 50 in the Jan. 15-16 weekend against Minnesota.
• Sisters and defensive linemates Erika Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse recorded a total of 32 blocks over the weekends against Wisconsin and Ohio State. Including a total of 15 blocked shots in the 1-0 shutout against the Badgers.
• Erika was recognized by the WCHA for her efforts in the Jan. 8-9 weekend against Minnesota State being named Rookie of the Week. Wheelhouse contributed two assists, blocked nine shots and helped Bemidji State blank the Mavericks on all nine of their power-play chances in the two-game series.
• Erika Wheelhouse is leading all freshmen in scoring with ten points (0G, 10A).
• In second place among freshmen with nine points is Sadie Lundquist (2G, 7A). MacKenzie Thurston and Keirstin Visser also have two goals each.
Clutch in Overtime
• Bemidji State is currently unbeaten in games that enter into overtime (1-0-6).
• BSU has won three of the six shootouts that it has entered in the 2009-10 campaign lending to the success in the standings that the Beavers have experienced this season.
• Bemidji State is first in the league for having competed in the most rounds of a shootout with 33. Minnesota State has the second-most with 27.
Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers have 15 players who have recorded points so far this season.
• The 15 players have combined to score 111 points for BSU.
• While playing in every game so far this season, senior captain Franny Dorr has only earned two trips to the penalty box.
• Dorr is seventh on the team in scoring, with three goals and five assists.
• In 125 games, she has only compiled 31 penalties for 62 PIMs, roughly averaging one penalty in every four games.
• The Nov. 13, 2009 game against St. Cloud State was the first game BSU has ever gone 60 minutes without being called for a penalty.
• There was only one penalty called during the game and technically no player on the ice was assessed. The lone infraction was on St. Cloud State for too many players on the ice.