No. 8 North Dakota (6-3-1; 5-2-1-0 WCHA)
vs Bemidji State (5-5-0; 3-3-0-0 WCHA)
Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM (Friday) & Talk Radio 1360 (Saturday)
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Live stats: Available at BSUBeavers.com
Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will finish it five-week homestand playing host to the University of North Dakota over the weekend of Nov. 12-13, before taking a week off from competition.
• Last season the Beavers went 3-1 against the Sioux, in which two of the victories came by shutout. BSU out-scored UND 7-4 in those four games.
• Erin Cody scored four of the seven BSU goals against the Sioux last season, including an overtime game-winner on Dec. 6, 2009.
• Both Beaver goalies Zuzana Tomcikova and Alana McElhinney posted a shutout over the Sioux last year.
• In the overall history beetween the two teams, neither has an advantage with the series record at 15-15-2.
Scouting North Dakota
• The seventh-ranked University of North Dakota women’s hockey team earned four out of a possible six points this weekend in the WCHA standings as it played to a 3-2 win and 2-2 tie against ninth-ranked Ohio State.
• The Sioux used a trio of unassisted goals to edge OSU in an overtime thriller. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls netted a goal at 2:19 of the first period while Jocelyne Lamoureux sniped a wrist shot off the joint of the crossbar and post for a 2-1 lead at 9:14 of the second frame.
• The Buckeyes looked as if they would at least gain a tie in the game with under 30 seconds remaining and control of the puck in the Sioux zone, but Wiebe was able to block a shot from the point, beat the defender back to the puck and on a breakaway wristed a shot past Steffes with only 14 seconds remaining.
• The Sioux lost their leading scorers in the Lamoureux twins for Saturday’s game (including next weekend’s series against Bemidji State), but they barely skipped a beat as the game shaped up to look very similar to the night before.
• UND outshot the Buckeyes 32-19 and through two periods the Buckeyes only had seven even-strength shots on goal, but after Allison Parizek scored the lone goal of the first period OSU responded with the next two goals to lead late in the third period. Jordan Slavin joined the play as an extra skater as the Sioux pulled goaltender Stephanie Ney with 1:25 left on the clock. Slavin picked the high glove-side corner of the net just seven seconds after stepping on the ice for the game-tying goal. In OT the Sioux struggled to get anything going as the clock ran out. The Buckeyes would gain the extra point in the standings with a 2-0 shootout win.
• Friday’s overtime goal by Wiebe broke a 13-game goal drought for UND’s leading point scorer from last season.
• Sioux goaltenders Jorid Dagfinrud and Stephanie Ney continue to share time in net. Dagfinrud improved to 3-3-0 while Ney remained unbeaten in the tie with a new mark of 3-0-1.
• UND’s all-time series record against the Beavers is tied 15-15-2 going 5-4-1 in its last 10 meetings. Both Dagfinrud and Ney have a all-time record of one win and one loss against BSU with Ney also having one tie.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team ended an 11-year winless streak to Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 5 after the Beavers shutout the then-No. 3 Bulldogs 1-0.
• Netting two goals over the weekend, Emily Erickson scored one of the biggest goals in BSU history netting the game winner in Friday’s match to end an 11-year winless streak to Minnesota Duluth. After being held scoreless for the majority of the game, Erickson found the back of the net on the power-play with under seven minutes left to play in the game. In Saturday’s just 18 seconds after UMD opened the scoring, Erickson netted the lone BSU goal in response to tie the game back up. For the weekend she finished with a +1 plus/minus rating with 11 shots on goal and blocking one on defense.
• Zuzana Tomcikova recorded the most saves of any goalie in WCHA play over the past weekend, turning away 72 shots. In Friday’s contest she made 38 saves to help Bemidji State snap an 11-year winless streak against Minnesota Duluth as the Beavers picked up their first win in style blanking the Bulldogs 1-0. The shutout was her 11th of her career and third of the season. On the following night Tomcikova made 34 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs. She also set the school record for longest shutout sequence of 149:30 which started on Oct. 29 in the third period to Saturday’s game the second period.
• Tomcikova’s work was made easier as the BSU defensive corps blocked 47 shots over the weekend, including 13 by Marlee Wheelhouse and 10 by Montana Vichorek.
• The BSU special teams went 6-8 on the penalty kill over the weekend and was perfect (3-3) in Friday’s win.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 238 saves so far this season. In eight games she has recorded a .930 save percentage.
• Making a season-hihg 38 saves, Tomcikova picked up her 11th-career shutout on Nov. 5 as the Beavers defeated then-No.3 Minnesota Duluth 1-0.
• For her efforts in the Oct. 1 game against Wayne State University, 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 17 of the 20 goals this year and have tallied 17 of the 35 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with eight goals and eight assists, while Erickson has five goals and five assists. Lundquist has four goals and five assists.
• The trio has accounted for 35 of the 55 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 186 shots on the season.
Wining Against The Best
• In just ten game so far this season the Beavers have claimed two victories over top 3 teams.
• 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.
• BSU ended an 11-year winless streak against Minnesota Duluth after defeating the then-No. 3 Bulldogs 1-0 on Nov. 5.
• Zuzana Tomcikova set the school record for longest shutout sequence of 149:30 which started on Oct. 29 in the third period against St. Cloud State and ended on Nov. 6 in the second period against Minnesota Duluth.
• The 56 saves made by Alana McElhinney on Oct. 16 against then-No. 1 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 then No. 1 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).
• 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.