Bemidji State (8-7-3; 6-5-3-2 WCHA)
St. Cloud State (0-18-1; 0-13-1-1 WCHA)
Location: St. Cloud, Minn. (National Hockey Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
Listen Online: BeaverRadioNetwork.com
Live stats: www.stcloudstate.edu/athletics
Up next for the Beavers
• Kicking-off the new year Bemidji State will travel down to St. Cloud over Jan. 7-8 to finish the season series against the Huskies.
• Earlier this season the Beavers picked up their first and only weekend sweep of the season after defeating the Huskies by scores of 3-2 and 4-0 in Bemidji over the Oct. 29-30 weekend.
• The Oct. 29-30 games against St. Cloud State saw one of the best performances by senior forward Erin Cody as she tallied seven points on the weekend, including a natural hat trick on Oct. 29. The following day she recorded two goals and two assists as the Beavers finished off the Huskies 4-0.
Scouting St. Cloud State
• The Huskies (0-18-1 overall, 0-13-1-1 WCHA) entertained three nationally-ranked opponents in league rival #2 Wisconsin, #4/5 Mercyhurst College and #10 Northeastern during the 2011 Easton Holiday Showcase on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1-2, at the National Hockey Center.
• Last Saturday, No. 2 Wisconsin blew by No. 10 Northeastern by a score of 7-2. The following game, No. 4/5 Mercyhurst cruised past the host team, St. Cloud State, by a score of 8-1.
• The second day of the Showcase featured a face-off between Wisconsin and Mercyhurst. The game proved to be a thrilling match as the Badgers were able to pull away in the end, garnering a 7-4 non- conference victory over the Lakers. St. Cloud State completed the 2011 Showcase with a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Northeastern. St. Cloud State arguably played its best game of the season, out-shooting the NU Huskies 40-28 and holding them to just 1-of-4 on the power-play. Rookie forward Molli Mott scored the lone goal of the contest for SCSU while senior netminder Ashley Nixon backstopped the Huskies with 39 saves in net. This was the first time in school history that St. Cloud State had faced Northeastern University. St. Cloud State’s Mott and Brittany Toor each scored a goal on the weekend, while Michelle Burke and Alex Nelson dished out assists in the Showcase.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team picked up five valuable conference points on the road against a pesky Minnesota State team. Both games went into overtime as the first game was a 2-1 BSU win, with the second game ending in a 1-1 tie and Bemidji State taking the extra point from the shootout victory.
• The Dec. 10 game was the first overtime victory of the season as the Beavers downed the Mavericks of Minnesota State. Montana Vichorek came up huge for the Beavers as she netted the game-winning goal just 56 seconds into overtime and with four seconds left on a BSU power play. In the first period the two teams skated fairly even with BSU out-shooting the Mavericks 11-10, but it was MSU that took the first advantage netting a goal a the 16:13 mark of the period.
With the one goal deficit, the Beavers wanted to battle back and that’s just what they did. Out-shooting the Mavericks 9-5 in the second, BSU went on the prowl for a game-tying goal. In the MSU end, MacKenzie Thurston carried the puck behind the goal. Thurston saw linemate Lauren Williams open in front of the net and made a centering pass to her. Williams attempted to get the shot off, but a Maverick defender broke up the shot and the rebound went the far side of the net where Emily Erickson tapped home her ninth goal of the season.
• The Dec. 11 game was was the fourth overtime game and third shootout of the season for Bemidji State as the Beavers and Mavericks battled to a 1-1 tie. The Beavers then went on to take the shootout 2-1 in three rounds. With 3:17 left in the second period, Emily Erickson passed the puck to the point over to Erika Wheelhouse. With traffic in front of the net, Wheelhouse wound-up and took a slap shot from the point. On the way to the net, the shot was redirected by Erin Cody. The redirection beat MSU tender Alli Altmann and went into the back of the net for Cody’s 12th goal of the season.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 27 of the 34 goals this year and have tallied 27 of the 57 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 13 goals and 12 assists, while Erickson has nine goals and eight assists. Lundquist has five goals and seven assists.
• The trio has accounted for 54 of the 91 total points on the season.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 397 saves so far this season. In nine games she has recorded a .934 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average.
• On Dec. 3, Tomcikova turned away 29 shots and picked up her 12th career shutout blanking the then-No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
• 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 5 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 321 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.