No. 9/10 Ohio State (7-6-1; 3-6-1-1 WCHA)
Bemidji State (6-5-1; 4-3-1-1 ,WCHA)
Location: Columbus, Ohio (OSU Ice Rink)
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
Listen Online: BeaverRadioNetwork.com & OhioStateSports.net
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Up next for the Beavers
• The BSU women’s hockey will make its second conference road trip this season heading to Columbus, Ohio to take on the No. 9/10 Buckeyes.
• Coming off an idle weekend, the Beavers have won five of their last seven games going 5-1-1 in that span.
• This will be the first match up between the two teams this season, Last year Bemidji State went 1-2-1 against the Buckeyes, with the one win coming on the road.
• Overall in the series against the Buckeyes the Beavers have gone 15-24-7.
• One of the keys to success for the Beavers will be to try to contain the potent offensive line up of Laura McIntosh, Natalie Spooner, and Hokey Langan. The three have provided over half of the offensive production for the Buckeyes this season.
Scouting Ohio State
• The No. 10 Buckeyes split a road series at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, Nov. 19-20 at the DECC. The Buckeyes upset the Bulldogs the first game in a 4-2 win before falling the second game, 8-0.
• The victory Friday gave Ohio State back-to-back wins against Minnesota Duluth for the first time in 50 meetings.
• Natalie Spooner posted her third-consecutive two-goal performance, scoring the opening goals for the Buckeyes. Paige Semenza tallied the game-winner at the end of the second period and Hokey Langan sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 1:14 left.
• Natalie Spooner has scored multiple goals in five of 10 games played this season. She leads the team and is tied second in the WCHA overall with 14 goals. With two goals last Friday, Spooner extended her point streak to 13 games and her goal streak to 10 games – both of which came to an end in the second game. Her 13-game point streak tied for the third-longest in Buckeye history. Spooner continues another streak though with a point in 21-consecutive series dating back to the second series of last year.
• Hokey Langan had a goal and assist in the first game for a string of three-consecutive two-point games with five goals in that span.
• Laura McIntosh, who had a 14-game point streak earlier this season, was on a seven-game point streak that ended last Saturday.
• Spooner came back to the Buckeyes after missing the last two series while with the gold medal-winning Canadian Women’s National Team at Four Nations Cup. Also returning to the Buckeyes after missing three games with their national teams were sophomore forward Minttu Tuominen (Finland) and freshman defenseman Annie Svedin (Sweden).
• Freshman Lisa Steffes has made 30-plus saves in four of the last five games. She has seven games with 30-plus saves in just 14 games this season. Steffes became just the third Buckeye to make 50 or more saves in a game Saturday. She stopped 50 shots for the first 50-save game since Deidre Facklis had as many Dec. 9, 2007 and was only four shy of tying the record set by April Stojak Jan. 28, 2000. All three performances were set against Minnesota Duluth. She also made 31 saves in the win Friday night for a total of 81 against the Bulldogs. Steffes also picked up her third assist of the year on Spooner’s second goal last Friday.
• The Buckeyes and Beavers tied for fifth in the WCHA last season, but Ohio State won the tie-breaker leading the 2009-10 series 2-1-1.
• Spooner leads Ohio State in scoring against BSU with nine points (4g, 5a) in eight games against the Beavers. McIntosh has eight assists in eight meetings and Shannon Reilly also has eight points (2g, 6a). Langan scored five goals and six points in four meetings with the Beavers last season.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team picked up five valuable points over the Nov. 12-13 weekend after beating then-No. 8 North Dakota 2-1 on Nov. 12 before picking up a shootout win on the following day.
• The win in the first meeting was the Beaver’s third win over a nationally-ranked team so far this season. In the game Erin Cody opened the scoring after netting a breakaway goal. The play started when Zuzana Tomcikova played the puck to defenseman Marlee Wheelhouse, who then saw Cody down ice open for an opposed chance on net. The Sioux battled back in the second period, out-shooting BSU, and tied the game at 1-1 before heading into the third period. Special teams made the difference in the final period as Emily Erickson scored the would-be game winner on the power play. However, after taking back the lead, the Beavers had to kill off a four minute man advantage for the Sioux, which included a two-minute span of five-on-three within those four minutes. Tomcikova recorded 22 saves in the contest and the assist on Cody’s goal was the first point of her collegiate career.
• In the second game of the weekend the Beavers again jumped-out on top first, this time with a goal from Sadie Lundquist. Lundquist scored the goal off the rebound from a shot by Cody. Erickson started the play when she made a pass from the corner to Cody who was advancing on net. However, the goal would be the only one of the day for the Beavers as UND’s Stephanie Ney turned away 35 shots to keep her team’s deficit at one goal. The Sioux would find the back of the net on the power play in the third period, to force an overtime. BSU outplayed UND in the extra frame, but couldn’t find the game winner as the two teams entered a shootout to decide who would walk away with the extra point. Lundquist was scored for the Beavers in the first round. UND was the first to shoot, but Beaver goalie Alana McElhinney made all three stops on the Sioux and that combined with the lone goal by Ludquist gave the Beavers their first shootout victory of the season.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 260 saves so far this season. In nine games she has recorded a .932 save percentage.
• Making a season-high 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.
• Recording 16 consecutive points, Erin Cody has had a hand in each of BSU’s past 16 goals, spanning back to the second goal in the 5-3 win over then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16. In the past seven games she has scored eight goals and tallied eight assists.
• 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.
• Cody sits just 10 points shy of the 100 career-point mark. There have only been two players in BSU history to ecplipse the century mark: Kelly Hart (100) and Amber Fryklund (122).
Helper from the crease
• Zuzana Tomcikova became the fifth goalie in BSU history to record a point after picking up an assist against North Dakota on Nov. 12.
• Alana McElhinney picked up her first collegiate point last season 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 forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 20 of the 23 goals this year and have tallied 21 of the 41 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with nine goals and 10 assists, while Erickson has six goals and six assists. Lundquist has five goals and five assists.
• The trio has accounted for 41 of the 64 total points on the season.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 222 shots on the season.
Wining Against The Best
• In 12 game so far this season the Beavers have claimed three victories and one tie against nationally-ranked 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.
• Over the Nov. 12-13 weekend the Beavers picked up a 2-1 win over then-No. 8 North Dakota before tying 1-1 on the following night.
• 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 62. Second is Minnesota State with 57.