Minnesota State (6-10-2; 5-7-0-0 WCHA)
Bemidji State (7-7-2; 5-5-2-1 WCHA)
Location: Mankato, Minn. (All Seasons Arena)
Date & Time: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 3:07 p.m.
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
Listen Online: BeaverRadioNetwork.com
Live stats: MSUMavericks.com
Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will play its final games of the calendar year traveling to Mankato, Minn. for a WCHA series against Minnesota State University.
• This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Last year saw the Beavers go 2-0-2 against the Mavericks, with both teams claiming a shootout victory over each other.
• The two wins over the Mavericks came by scores of 3-1 and 3-0.
• Bemidji State and Minnesota State hold the WCHA record for longest shootout when on Nov. 6, 2009 the two teams needed 13 rounds to decide a shootout winner.
• Overall the Mavericks hold a slight lead in the all-time record between the two teams. The Beavers are 17-20-9 against the Mavericks.
• The Beavers are unbeaten against MSU in the past six games going 4-0-2 in that stretch. The last Maverick win came on Nov. 1, 2008 with a score of 4-3.
• The Mavericks (6-11-1 overall, 5-7-0-0 WCHA) played host to Robert Morris University this past weekend and finished 0-1-1. The Mavericks lost their fifth straight game last Friday night, 2-1 and then ended the skid with a 2-2 tie on Saturday.
• MSU finished the season 1-3-2 against non-conference opponents and will start back up in the WCHA this weekend when it hosts Bemidji State.
• On the Dec. 3-4 weekend the Mavericks out shot Robert Morris, 51-28, but were out scored, 4-3. The Mavericks committed 10 penalties for 31 minutes to RMU’s seven penalties for 14 minutes.
• Three Mavericks scored goals last weekend vs Robert Morrs in freshman Melissa Klippenstein, freshman Kathleen Rogan and sophomore Lauren Zrust. Four Mavericks also finished with one helper each in sophomore Emmi Leinonen, sophomore Erika Magnusson, freshman Kelsie Scott and sophomore Lauren Smith.
• Rogan, a freshman, leads the Mavericks in points this season with 9- 7=16. Senior forward Nina Tikkinen sits second on the team with 5-6=11. Smith has tallied nine points (3-6=9) while junior forward Moria O’Connor (3-3=6), freshman forward Tracy McCann (3-3=6), sophomore forward Zrust (3-3=6) and junior forward Emmi Leinonen (3-3=6) are all owners of six points. Two icers own five points on the season in junior blueliner Jackie Otto (5a) and rookie defenseman Nicole Germaine (1-4=5).
• Rogan’s nine goals and seven assists are both team-bests.
• Leinonen leads the team in power-play goals with two while McCann owns a team-best two game-winning goals.
• Smith and Rogan each own one shorthanded goal and two unassisted goals, team-bests.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team split the weekend against No. 7 University of Minnesota, winning the first game 2-0 and dropping the second 6-2.
• The win on Dec. 3 was the third ever in program history over the Golden Gophers and the first one to come at home.
• Zuzana Tomcikova earned her fourth shutout of the season, second against a nationally-ranked team, as she blanked the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2-0 on Dec. 3. She turned away 29 shots including eight shots that came on UM power plays. Besides successfully killing off all three BSU penalties and Tomcikova was forced to make saves on a handful of odd-man rushes. For the weekend she had a .923 save percentage making 36 saves.
• After having a quiet weekend against Ohio State in the previous week, Erin Cody came out firing and gave the Beavers an early lead in the Dec. 3 game. Just six minutes into the start of the game, a failed attempt at the Gophers to clear the puck out of their zone resulted in Cody corralling the puck at the right face off circle. With traffic between her and the UM tender Noora Räty, Cody saw an opening and rifled the puck on net. Her shot went bar-down over Räty’s glove. Cody’s linemate Sadie Lundquist (So., Fwd., Coleraine, Minn.) picked up the first assist on the play. Freshman defender Allie Duellman (Maplewood, Minn.) picked up her first-collegiate assist, second career point, as she stopped the clearing attempt at the blue line to gain the second assist on the play. Cody later added another goal on an empty net to secure the win.
• The folllowing night on Dec. 4, the Gophers scored five-straight goals in the first two periods to force the weekend split. However, the Beavers were determined not to roll over and continue to battle against the No. 7 team in the nation. Bemidji State did just that as they out-shot the Gophers 8-5 in the final frame and managed to notch two goals, even while conceding one on the penalty kill. Emily Erickson scored the first goal for the Beavers just 1:34 into the start of the third. Annie Beuerfeld scored the second goal for the Beavers on a two-on-one break with Cody.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 25 of the 31 goals this year and have tallied 25 of the 51 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 50 of the 82 total points on the season.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 362 saves so far this season. In nine games she has recorded a .933 save percentage and a 2.11 goals against average.
• 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.
• 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).
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 288 shots on the season.
Wining Against The Best
• In 16 games so far this season the Beavers have claimed four victories and two ties 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.
• Over the Dec. weekend the Beavers picked up their third ever win over the Golden Gophers beating then-No. 7 Minnesota 2-0.
• 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.
• 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. She later recorded her first assist helping on the first goal of the game against Minnesota on Dec. 3.
• On the following night (Nov. 27) against Ohio State, Williams recorded her first collegiate goal, socring an unassisted goal in the second period.
• 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.