BSU closes out regular season against No. 3 Bulldogs
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
BSU closes out regular season against No. 3 Bulldogs

Series against Minnesota Duluth
• Bemidji State currently sits in fifth place in the WCHA just one point shy of a share for third with St. Cloud and Wisconsin.
•The Beavers have an opportunity to finish fourth in the conference, which would be the highest finish in school history, while claiming a home-playoff berth.
• Minnesota Duluth is the only Western Collegiate Hockey Association team that the Beavers have not gained a win against, with BSU going 0-44-2 against the Bulldogs.
• Earlier this season the Beavers broke a 34-game losing streak when they gained a tie and shootout win over UMD on Dec. 13 in Duluth. Erin Cody scored two goals in the Dec. 12-13 weekend, one being the game-tying goal on Dec. 13.
• Last year the Beavers only lost by one goal to Bulldogs on Feb. 6, 2009 at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse. There have been a total of three other one-goal games in the history between the two teams.
• The first non-loss was on Feb. 3, 2002 at the DECC with a score of 3-3.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth
• The No. 3 Bulldogs split with Ohio State at the DECC last weekend, fighting for a 5-4 overtime win Friday before dropping a 6-3 setback Saturday. Friday’s game was the Bulldogs’ fourth come-from-behind win in their last six outings as UMD snuck by the Buckeyes 5-4 in overtime.
• The Bulldogs received two goals from junior forward Laura Fridfinnson, including her fifth game-winner of the season and two assists from Emmanuelle Blais and Jessica Wong. Rookie netminder Jennifer Harss made 41 saves, her third 40-plus stop contest of the season and second in three games. Harss also set UMD’s single-season saves record during the game, surpassing redshirt Olympian Kim Martin’s mark of 843 set during the 2007-08 title run.
• Saturday evening was a different story for the Bulldogs, and despite outshooting OSU 35-27, UMD suffered its first setback since Dec. 4 and in 12 games, dropping a 6-3 contest. With a chance to tie Minnesota for first-place in the WCHA, the Bulldogs allowed the most goals at the DECC since the 2003-04 season and a 7-2 loss to Harvard back on Dec. 13, 2003.  
• Currently, Fridfinnson owns an eight-game scoring spree (8g, 8a) and Blais a six-game streak (4g, 6a).
• Harss has made more saves (881) than any other player in the NCAA and owns the second most wins (20). She ranks ninth in the nation in both goals-against average (2.18) and saves percentage (.931).

Last Time Out
• Last time out BSU split the weekend with the University of North Dakota losing on Friday night, 2-0, before winning on Saturday, 1-0.
• Friday’s contest was the first time this season that the Beavers have been shutout. After 32-13 in the first two periods, BSU went on an offensive blitz in the third taking 24 shots on goal in the period. However, UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud shutdown the blitz and held on for the shutout win.
• In Saturday’s game, both sides were a bit sluggish. It was a defensively minded game as the shots on goal were 19-17 in favor of the Beavers. Keirstin Visser netted her third goal of her career with 20 seconds left in the game to give BSU it’s tenth win on the season.
• BSU tender Alana McElhinney has made 89 saves on 90 shots in the past three games. Her only wins on the season have been when recording shutouts.

She’s On Fire!
Erin Cody has been averaging just under 1.00 goal/game and 1.06 points/game in her last 16 games. In those games she has netted 13 goals and tallied four helpers.
• She has tallied two-thirds of her season goals in the past 14 games.
• In those past 16 games she has recorded 17 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; 2 goals at Ohio State on Jan. 22; 1 assist at Ohio State on Jan. 23; 1 goal and 1 assist at St. Cloud State on Jan. 29; 1 goal at St. Cloud State on Jan. 30; 1 goal at Wisconsin on Feb. 7).

Tremendous Trio
Erin Cody (17G, 11A), Erin Johnson (10G, 5A), and Annie Bauerfeld (6G, 15A) have accounted for 44 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.

D-Line Express
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 670 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.

Freshmen Contributions
Erika Wheelhouse is leading all freshmen at BSU in scoring with 13 points (0G, 13A).
• In second place among freshmen with nine points is Sadie Lundquist (2G, 7A). MacKenzie Thurston has two goals while Keirstin Visser has three goals on the season.
Jamie Hatheway recorded her first goal on Feb. 6 at the outdoor game against the Badgers in Madison, Wis.

Clutch in Overtime
• Bemidji State is currently unbeaten in games that enter into overtime (1-0-7).

Shootout Veterans
• 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 36. Minnesota State has the second-most with 27.

Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers have 17 players who have recorded points so far this season.
• The 17 players have combined to score 145 points for BSU.

Squeaky clean
• While playing in every game so far this season, senior captain Franny Dorr has only earned three trips to the penalty box.
• Dorr is fourth on the team in scoring, with fourth goals and nine assists.
• In 133 games, she has only compiled 33 penalties for 65 PIMs, roughly averaging one penalty in every four games.

Empty Box
• 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.

Helper from the crease
Alana McElhinney became the fourth goalie in BSU women’s hockey history to record a point when notching an assist on Jan. 29 at St. Cloud State. Past tenders on the score sheet include Jill Luebke (2A), Janet Hicks (1A) and Bre Dedrickson (1A).

Breakin’ Records
• Bemidji State took part in the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Class outdoor game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Feb. 6, 2010. The game broke the single-game attendance record for a NCAA women’s hockey game, drawing 8,263 fans. The previous record was set at 6,889 on Jan. 8, 2010 between Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire in an outdoor game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.

Slovakian Sensation
• After a stellar freshman campaign Beaver goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova has made an even better sophomore debut this season gathering 708 saves on 752 shots. She currently has a .941 save percentage on the season while recording a 1.97 goals against average.
• She recorded her eighth-career shutout on Jan. 23 at Ohio State stopping 38 shots.
• 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.