No. 8 North Dakota (10-7-3; 8-6-2-0 WCHA)
Location: Roseau, Minn. (Ram Sports Center)
Date & Time: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
Location: Grand Forks, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Date & Time: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
Video: www.FightingSioux.com (Sunday only)
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
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Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will finish its regular season series against the Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota in a Saturday-Sunday series. Saturday’s game will be held in Roseau, Minn. and will be played at 7:07 p.m. Sunday’s game will be in Grand Forks, N.D. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and will be played at 4:07 p.m.
• Earlier this season the Beavers picked up five points against then-No. 8 North Dakota at home in the Sanford Center. The Sioux were without their two Olympians Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamouruex-Kolls during that earlier series against the Beavers.
• On Nov. 12, Bemidji State claimed a 2-1 victory over the Sioux as Erin Cody and Emily Erickson scored the two goals. The following day Sadie Lundquist scored the lone goal for the Beavers as the two teams tied 1-1. BSU went on to win the shootout with Lundquist scoring the shootout winner.
• With the win and the tie earlier this season the Beavers improve their record over the Fighting Sioux to 16-15-3, the only winning record Bemidji State has against a WCHA opponent.
Scouting North Dakota
• With all eight teams now having played 16 games in conference play, the Sioux dropped to fifth place with 26 points, which is three behind this weekend’s opponent in the fourth-place Beavers. • The Fighting Sioux opened the 2011 calendar year with a non- conference series at Vermont last Friday and Saturday. UND opened the series with a 4-1 win before settling for 3-3 tie in the finale. UND outshot the Catamounts 80-37 in the series.
• Sophomore forward Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored her 100th career point last Friday as she scored a hat trick and added an assist collecting a point on all four UND scores. Sophmore Jocelyne Lamoureux scored the fourth goal for the Sioux, which was the game-winner. Junior netminder Stephanie Ney allowed a goal on a 3-on-2 rush only one minute into the game and on UVM’s first shot, but stopped all 11 shots the rest of the way to improve to 6-2-2 on the season. She now has a 1.97 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
• Junior Alyssa Wiebe moved within three points of the program’s all-time leading point scorer with the game’s first goal last Saturday, a shorthanded effort. Lamoureux-Kolls would add her fourth and fifth of the weekend with two goals in the third period, but after each UND goal the Catamounts were able to answer with the last coming with only 22 seconds remaining and their goalie pulled.
• The Fighting Sioux concluded the first half of the season with a program-record eight conference wins and a .563 conference winning percentage.
• Through the first half of the season, the Sioux had the hardest strength of schedule with 12 of their 18 games against top-10 ranked teams going 6-5-1 in those games. According to USCHO.com, UND’s strength of schedule was a 251.7 with Minnesota Duluth second at 204.6.
• Sophomore Jocelyne Lamoureux ranks fifth in the nation averaging 1.00 goals per game.
• Wiebe is only three points shy of the program record of 78 career points as a member of the Sioux. She has 28 goals (eight shy of the program record) and 47 assists (holds the record).
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team picked up the regular season sweep over St. Cloud State downing the Huskies 3-1 both nights over the Jan. 7-8 weekend.
• In the first game of the weekend, Erin Cody opened up the scoring with 16 seconds left in the first period. Emily Erickson and Montana Vichorek were credited with the assists on the play. The Huskies evened the score early in the second period, but the Beavers retorted on their first power play opportunity of the game. Just seven seconds into the man advantage, Erin Johnson was set up in the slot for a one-timer. Her shot beat the SCSU goalie over the glove and gave the Beavers back their one goal lead. Later in the third period, Tess Dusik and Johnson set up Annie Bauerfeld with a breakaway pass. Alone with the goalie, Bauerfeld buried the puck top shelf to secure the Beaver victory.
• On the following night the Beavers had two goals from Erickson and one from Johnson to topple the Huskies by another 3-1 score. Erickson opened the scoring on the power play after she batted a deflected puck out of midair to score her 10th goal of the season. Johnson later added to the BSU lead scoring her second goal of the weekend. After the Huskies cut the Bemidji State lead to one in the third period, Erickson later capped the scoring off with one-timer goal from Sadie Lundquist and Cody.
• The six points gained over the weekend moved Bemidji State up to fourth place in the WCHA. BSU sits three points above North Dakota, one point behind Minnesota and two points behind Minnesota Duluth.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 29 of the 39 goals this year and have tallied 31 of the 69 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 13 goals and 14 assists, while Erickson has 11 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has five goals and eight assists.
• The trio has accounted for 60 of the 108 total points on the season.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 437 saves so far this season. In 17 games she has recorded a .936 save percentage and a 1.82 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 353 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.
• Dusik tallied her first point against St. Cloud State on Jan. 7, when she assisted on Annie Bauerfeld’s third period goal.
• 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.