BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team took to the ice for the first official practice of the 2009-10 season.
“This is an exciting group,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “I think the players did a lot of work in the off season and it’s pretty obvious that they’re in good shape.”
The practice was a chance for this year’s squad to get some of kinks out and get used to their new equipment. The team will conduct two practices a day over the weekend, the first practice being at 9 a.m. and the second at 3 p.m. After the weekend the team will conduct weekday practices from 1:15-3:15 p.m. during the fall semester.
The Beavers will return all but four players return to the ice, including the top four scorers from the 08-09 season: forwards, Erin Cody (12G, 16A), Erin Johnson (10G, 11A), Annie Bauerfield (8G, 13A), and defensemen Montana Vichorek (3G, 10A). The four combined for 59-percent of the Beaver’s offensive output a year ago.
Also returning for the Beavers is Slovakian National Team goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Solvakia). Tomcikova garnered All-WCHA Second Team and All-WCHA Rookie Team honors last year after posting a .915 save percentage, while making a league-best 882 saves in conference play. Tomcikova rose to the occasion in her freshman year, replacing Emily Brookshaw, being awarded the highest individual honor in team history as she was named to the All-WCHA Second Team and All-WCHA Rookie Team. She was also the first player ever named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three consecutive times, winning for the weeks of Dec. 10, Dec. 17, and Jan. 7.
The Beavers first game of the season will be an exhibition game against the Minnesota Whitecaps at home on Sept. 26.