Beavers open WCHA play at Wisconsin
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Beavers open WCHA play at Wisconsin

Series against Wisconsin
• The BSU women’s hockey team opens conference play this weekend with two games in Madison, Wis. against the Badgers in a Friday-Sunday match up.
• Last season the Beavers split the series with Wisconsin picking up two shutouts in the two games won.
• In 2009-10 the Badgers were the first conference foe for the Beavers and BSU went on to win the first game 1-0 that was played in Coleraine, Minn.
• Following a 6-1 defeat in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic in Madison, Wis., the Beavers bounced back to win the following day’s game 2-0 in the Kohl Center.
• Overall the series between Wisconsin and Bemidji State has the Badgers owning a large lead, going 41-3-2 all-time against BSU.

Scouting Wisconsin
• The Badgers debuted at No. 5 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason national polls after concluding the 2009-10 season unranked and remain No. 5 in the nation this week.
• Wisconsin opened the 2010-11 season with a pair of shutout victories over Rensselaer Polytechnic at the Kohl Center last weekend.
• UW won its season-opener, 7-0, before following up with a 6-0 victory over the Engineers.
• The Badgers outshot RPI 62-21 in the series.
• UW had 13 players pick up at least one point over the weekend, including nine Badgers with multi-point performances.
• Junior Hilary Knight led Wisconsin with six points on four goals and two assists, while sophomore Brianna Decker tallied one goal and a team-high four assists for five points.

Last time out
• In the opening weekend, the Beavers split against Wayne State University falling 4-2 on Oct. 2 after winning the first game 3-0 on Oct. 1.
• Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., G., Bratislava, Slovakia) set the tone early in the Oct. 1 game stopping a Warrior breakaway for her first save of the game. Tomcikova went on to turn away 26 more shots to record her ninth-career shutout.
• The forward line of Erin Cody (Sr., Roseville, Minn.), Sadie Lundquist (So., Cloquet, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-So., Coleraine, Minn.) recorded six points in the Oct. 1 game. Each person on the line had one goal and one assist.
• Erickson followed up her performance in the Oct. 2 game with an additional goal and an assist, even though the Beavers fell 4-2. On the weekend she recorded two goals and two assists and leads Bemidji State with four points.
• For the weekend the Beavers out-shot the Warriors 66-40.

Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has started the season off on the right foot picking up the team’s first win in a 3-0 shutout victory over Wayne State University on Oct. 1. She turned away 27 shots in the contest, including 12 in the third period, to record her ninth-career shutout.
• For her efforts in the Oct. 1 game, she was honored as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 6. Winning her eighth-career weekly honor, Tomcikova has now won more player of the weeks than any other Bemidji State women’s hockey player. The previous mark was set at seven by former goaltender Emily Brookshaw.
• After a stellar freshman campaign the Beaver goaltender made an even better sophomore debut gathering 795 saves on 848 shots. In her second year she recorded a .938 save percentage while recording a 2.06 goals against average.
• Tomcikova returned from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where she played in all five games for the Slovakian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team. In those five games she faced 235 shots on goal, more than any other goaltender, male or female, in the 2010 Winter Games.
• She was nominated for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award. An award of The USA Hockey Foundation that recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey each season.
• She recorded her eighth-career shutout on Jan. 23 at Ohio State stopping 38 shots.
• She was also named to the 2009-10 and 2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team, which was the highest individual award won by a BSU women’s hockey player.

Tremendous Trio
• Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld accounted for 46 percent of the offensive production for the Beavers last season.
• Six of Johnson’s 2009-10 goals came on the power play.
• Six of the ten game-winning goals from last season came 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
• So far this season the Bemidji State defense has blocked 23 shots.
• Sisters and defensive linemates Erika Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse recorded a total of 32 blocks over the weekends against Wisconsin and Ohio State last season. 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.
• The Bemidji State defense blocked a total of 770 shots last season.

Fab-Five
• BSU has five freshmen this year: Tess Dusik (For., Oak Bluff, Manitoba), Allie Duellman (Def., Maplewood, Minn.), Alex Ehlert (Def., Portage, Wis.), Emily McKnight (For., Roland, Manitoba), and Danielle Williams (Def., Waconia, Minn.).
• Ehlert recorded the first point of the five on Oct. 2 recording an assist on the second Beaver goal of the game against Wayne State.
Shootout Veterans
• BSU won three of the six shootouts that it entered in the 2009-10 campaign lending to the success in the standings that the Beavers have experienced this season.
• Bemidji State was first in the league for having competed in the most rounds of a shootout with 36. Minnesota State was the second-most with 27.

Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers had 17 players who have recorded points last season.
• The 17 players combined to score 175 points for BSU.

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.

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