Beavers ready for No. 7 Minnesota
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Beavers ready for No. 7 Minnesota

No. 7 Minnesota (10-5-0; 5-5-0-0 WCHA)
Bemidji State (6-6-2; 4-4-2-1 WCHA)

Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
                      Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.
 
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Up next for the Beavers
• After making a trip out to Columbus, Ohio the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns to host the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers for its final home weekend of the 2010 calendar year.
• The Beavers have never defeated the Gophers at home and have only two wins in program history against them. The two wins came on Jan. 7, 2006 and Feb. 9, 2007.
• In last year’s homestand against Minnnesota, Bemidji State claimed back-to-back ties with both games ending with 1-1 scores. In that series Zuzana Tomcikova made 69 saves on 71 shots en route to a .972 save percentage. In her career against the Gophers she has recorded a .917 save percentage.
• Last season Erin Cody led the Beavers in scoring against Minnesota scoring two goals and tallying one assist. Others recording multiple points last season against the Gophers were Emily Erickson (2G, 0A) and Erika Wheelhouse (0G, 2A).

Scouting Minnesota

• Minnesota played in its final non-conference games of the season as it hosted No. 9 Harvard, Friday and Sunday night. In Friday’s game, the Gophers earned a 3-0 win, while following up with a 4-2 victory Sunday. With the pair of wins, the Gophers improve their overall record to 10-5-0 overall.
• Mira Jalosuo scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career on Friday night. She scored the game-winning goal at 15:56 in the first. It was also the first power-play goal of her career. She followed up with her second goal of the weekend in the 4-2 win Saturday, which later proved to be the game-winning goal. Jenny Lura also saw her first action in net Friday. With starting goalie Noora Raty suffering an injury in the second period, Lura replaced her and she made three saves in the second and seven in the third for 10 saves.   
• Minnesota has relied on its freshmen class to put up points on the board. The rookies haven’t disappointed as three are the Gophers’ top three scorers. Kelly Terry has scored 15 points, while Amanda Kessel and Sarah Davis follow with 13. Veteran leader Sarah Erickson has 12, while Becky Kortum and Anne Schleper each have 11. Along with Sarah Davis has done a great job in the faceoff circle for Minnesota. In 14 games played, Davis has won 209 draws in comparison to 99 losses this season. She holds a win percentage of .679.    
• Minnesota’s power-play clicked in the last two games against Harvard. The Gophers went 2-for-4 in Friday’s game, while holding a 2-for-6 mark in Sunday’s contest. On the season, Minnesota has scored 17 power-play goals in 68 chances for 25 percent. Minnesota has also killed off 71 of 78 penalties for a 91 percent.   
• Head coach Brad Frost has announced four Minnesota natives have signed National Letters of Intent.  Forward Stephanie Anderson (North St. Paul), forward Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids), forward Meghan Lorence (Mounds View) and defenseman Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen) have all signed and will join the Golden Gopher program next fall.

Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team went winless over the weekend recording one draw and one loss in Columbus, Ohio against the No.9/10 Ohio State Buckeyes.
• Friday’s game saw the Beavers get behind in the first period. With a one goal deficit entering the second period, Bemidji State battled back scoring two goals in the period to take the lead heading into the third. Emily Erickson scored on a breakaway during a BSU power play. Annie Bauerfeld made a cross-ice pass to hit Erickson making a break behind the OSU defenders. Erickson calmly deked her way to her seventh goal of the season. Zuzana Tomcikova was given an assist on the play. Just three minutes later the Beavers scored again, this time from freshman defender Allie Duellman. Duellman fired a slap shot from the point that beat the OSU tender through her five hole. Bauerfeld and Kimberly Lieder were credited on the assists. Even thought the Beavers had the lead in the third, the Buckeyes were able to tie the game up and force an overtime. After a scoreless overtime the Beavers failed to score in the shootout and conceded the extra point to Ohio State.
• The following night saw the Beaver offense struggle. The lone goal scored for BSU came from another freshman as Danielle Williams scored an unassisted goal in the second period. Ohio State found its success at the end of each period as all three of the Buckeye’s goals came within the final minute of the given period.
• On the weekend Tomcikova made 66 saves and recorded a .943 save percentage.
• The Beaver defense blocked a total of 33 shots including nine by Montana Vichorek.

Quick Start

• BSU’s six wins is the program’s most through 14 games since 1999-2000, when the team opened with a record of 8-6-0.

Power Line

• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 21 of the 26 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 seven goals and six assists. Lundquist has five goals and five assists.
• The trio has accounted for 42 of the 71 total points on the season.

Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 326 saves so far this season. In nine games she has recorded a .934 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.
 
Boomshakalaka!
• Erin Cody had a hand in 16 consecutive goals, spanning from Nov. 13 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).

Helpers 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. Picking up a second assist on No. 26 at Ohio State, Tomcikova is now tied all-time for most points recorded by a BSU goaltender.
• 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).

Defensive Devotion
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 255 shots on the season.

Wining Against The Best

• In 14 games so far this season the Beavers have claimed three victories and one two 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.
• The Beavers tied No.9/10 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 26.

Brick Wall
• 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.

Grand Larceny

• 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.

Killjoy

• 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.

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.
• Duellman recorded the first goal of the five on No. 26 when she scored off a slap shot from the point against then-No. 9/10 Ohio State.
• On the following night (Nov. 27) against Ohio State, Williams recorded her first collegiate goal, socring an unassisted goal in the second period.

Shootout Veterans
• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 65. Second is Minnesota State with 57. 

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