Bemidji State (4-4-0; 2-2-0-0 WCHA)
No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (7-1-0; 5-1-0-0 WCHA)
Location: Bemidji, Minn. (BREC)
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM
Online Radio: Available at BeaverRadioNetwork.com
Live stats: Available at BSUBeavers.com
Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team continues it five-week homestand playing host to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs for the weekend of Nov. 5-6.
• Minnesota Duluth is the only conference team that BSU has never defeated. Bemidji State’s all-time record against the Bulldogs is 0-47-2.
• One of the two ties the Beavers have on UMD came last year as Zuzana Tomcikova made a season high 46 saves to take the 1-1 game into a shootout. BSU ended up winning the shootout and marked the first time the Beavers picked up more than one conference point against Minnesota Duluth.
• The Beavers played the Bulldogs five times last year, going 0-4-1 in those games.
• The Bulldogs ended BSU’s season last year after Bemidji State made its first-ever trip to the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF. The Bulldogs won the semifinal game by a score of 7-3. The three goals scored by BSU were the most conceded by UMD in a single game in the postseason.
• Of the eight goals scored against the Bulldogs last season, four came from the stick of Erin Cody, two from Emily Erickson and one from Annie Bauerfeld.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
• The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs earned a WCHA series sweep over No. 6 Minnesota with 3-2 and 4-2 wins over the past weekend. The Bulldogs who closed the all-time record gap against the Gophers to 23-26-5 has now won six-straight games versus Minnesota and six of the last eight games between the two programs.
• UMD scored two goals in the third period, including the equalizer by Elin Holmlov :52 seconds into the third period, to down the Gophers 3-2 last Friday night. Holmlov had a goal and an assist to help lead UMD, which was backstopped by Jennifer Harss, who is now 5-2 against Minnesota and 5-0 in her last five skates against them. Harss made 20 saves to earn her third win of the season.
• Last Saturday night, junior forward Haley Irwin scored three goals and added an assist to help lead UMD with a 4-2 victory against the Gophers. Irwin’s hat trick – the third of her career – is also only the third hat trick ever by a Bulldog player against Minnesota, and first since the 2002-03 season. Sophomore forward Pernilla Winberg added a goal and an assist in the contest, while sophomore forward Jessica Wong dished out two assists. Kim Martin made 27 saves to improve her record on the season to 4-1 and gives her 57 wins over her career.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team gained a sweep over the St. Cloud State Huskies over the Oct. 29-30 weekend, defeating SCSU on Friday 3-2 and then blanking them 4-0 on Saturday.
• Erin Cody had the biggest weekend of her career as she had a hand in each BSU goal tallying seven points, five goals and two assists, in the series. In Friday’s contest, Cody scored all three Beaver goals in the 3-2 win, recording a natural hat trick. Scoring a power-play, short-handed, and even-strength goal all in the first period, the hat trick was the first of her career. The performance also set a school record for most goals scored by a single player in one period. Following up her performance on Saturday afternoon, Cody tallied assists on the first two BSU goals before scoring the final two for Bemidji State to give her four points in the game.
• Cody’s linemates, Sadie Lundquist and Emily Erickson, had four points on the weekend. Lundquist recorded one assist on Friday and on Saturday picked up one goal and one assist. Erickson tallied one assist in Satuday’s game.
• Zuzana Tomcikova was the only WCHA goaltender to earn a shutout over the weekend, keeping St. Cloud State off the board in Saturday’s game. The shutout was the tenth of her career and second of the season. In the weekend Tomcikova made 40 saves, recording a .952 save percentage, helping the Beavers pick up six valuable points in the conference standings. On the penalty kill, Tomcikova made seven saves over the weekend.
• Montana Vichorek netted her first goal of the season on Saturday when her shot from the point beat SCSU tender Ashley Nixon through her five hole. Vichorek also had two assists in Friday’s contest to earn three points on the weekend. She also had nine blocked shots in the two games, the most of any BSU defender.
• Both Annie Bauerfeld and Erika Wheelhouse recorded assists on the weekend, Bauerfeld had two in both games while Wheelhouse had two in Saturday’s game.
• The BSU penalty kill was perfect over the weekend denying all nine power-play chances the Huskies had.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 181 saves so far this season. In six games she has recorded a .917 save percentage.
• Making 17 saves, Tomcikova picked up her 10th-career shutout on Oct. 30 as the Beavers defeated St. Cloud State 4-0.
• 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 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.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 15 of the 18 goals this year and have tallied 16 of the 31 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with eight goals and six assists, while Lundquist has four goals and five assists. Erickson has three goals and five assists.
• The trio has accounted for 31 of the 49 total points on the season.
• After netting a natural hat trick and having a hand in every goal in a weekend sweep over St. Cloud State, Cody was recognized as WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 139 shots on the season.
• The 56 saves made by Alana McElhinney on Oct. 16 against Mercyhurst were the most saves made by a BSU tender in a win. Of the 56 saves, 23 were made in the third period.
• The Beavers ended Mercyhurst’s 36-game regular-season winning streak when BSU defeated the top ranked Lakers on Oct. 16 by a score of 5-2.
• 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.
• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 59. Second is Minnesota State with 51.
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, 2010 at St. Cloud State. Past tenders on the score sheet include Jill Luebke (2A), Janet Hicks (1A) and Bre Dedrickson (1A).
• The 5-3 victory over then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16 was the first time Bemidji State has ever defeated a top ranked team.
• 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.