MADISON, Wis. —Sophomore netminder Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia) was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 16-22 announced the WCHA office on Wednesday. The award is the sixth of her career, and the third on the season.
Tomcikova was recognized for her efforts over the weekend as she made a total of 82 saves against the No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. After giving up four goals on 40 shots in Saturday’s loss, Tomcikova rebounded posting a near-record high 46 saves on 48 shots to help carry the Beavers into their first ever shootout against UMD She then went on to stop all three shooters to allow BSU to walk away with two points from the game.
On the weekend she had a .935 save percentage. Tomcikova has now stopped 14 of 16 shootout attempts she has faced this season. She is also second in the nation with saves (498) and tenth in save percentage (.933).
The award is the fourth for the Beavers and second consecutive so far this season. Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) won last week’s Offensive Player of the Week award, while Tomcikova won the defensive honor previously on Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.
Bemidji State enters the holiday break at fourth place in the WCHA with a conference record of 5-6-3-3 (6-11-3 overall). BSU will return after break on Jan. 8-9 when they play host to Minnesota State.
WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 16, 2009
Offensive Player of the Week: Brooke Ammerman, So., F, Wisconsin
Defensive Players of the Week: Zuzana Tomcikova, So., G, Bemidji State
Rookie of the Week: Megan Bozek, Fr., Minnesota