BSU hosts No. 1 Mercyhurst to open BREC
Thursday, October 14, 2010
BSU hosts No. 1 Mercyhurst to open BREC
Series against Mercyhurst
• The BSU women’s hockey team is set to host Mercyhurst this Friday and Saturday afternoons, with game times set for 2:07 p.m. both days. Friday’s game will be the first-ever hockey game played in the brand new Bemidji Regional Events Center.
• Last year the Beavers traveled to Erie, Pa. to take on the Lakers, but ended up losing both games by scores of 4-1 and 6-1.
• Erin Johnson scored both the goals against Mercyhurst last season and both came on the power play.
• All-time the Beavers have only defeated the Lakers once, 2-1 in Erie, Pa. on Oct. 9, 2004. The series belongs to Mercyhurst as BSU has a record of 1-9-2 against the Lakers.
Scouting Mercyhurst
• Mercyhurst moved to 4-0-0 for the second straight season with a pair of wins over Maine, 5-2 and 6-1.
• The Lakers are now unbeaten in their last 36 regular-season games on the road. Their last loss came at the end of the 2007-08 season when Wayne State skated to a 3-2 OT victory Feb. 23, 2008.
• The Lakers improved their goals per game average 6.5 with the 11 goals in the series. They now have 26 goals, marking the most goals scored in a four-game span to start the season.
• Senior captain Meghan Agosta recorded five points in the series on four goals and an assist. She now has 125 goals and 228 points through 104 games at Mercyhurst.
Last time out
• Opening conference play, the Beavers dropped two games to the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers.
• The first game saw the Badgers out-skate the Beavers to a 7-1 final score. In the following game, the Beavers put together a better production, but still fell to Wiscosin 2-0.
• Goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova had her work cut out for her and made a total of 70 saves on the weekend.
• The BSU defense chipped-in and blocked a total of 38 shots on the weekend.
• Annie Bauerfeld had the lone goal for the Beavers on the weekend, scoring on the power play. Assisting on her goal was Erin Cody and Montana Vichorek. The goal was the first goal scored of the weekend, as BSU held a 1-0 lead over the Badgers going into the second period in Friday’s contest.
Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 97 saves so far in just three appearances this season.
• She 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 61 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.
• 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.