Beavers travel to Duluth to challenge No. 6 Bulldogs
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Beavers travel to Duluth to challenge No. 6 Bulldogs
No. 6 Minnesota Duluth (12-7-3; 10-7-3-0 WCHA)
Bemidji State (12-9-3; 10-7-3-2 WCHA)


Location:
Duluth, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena)
Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
                      Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
 
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Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will finish its regular season series against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs this weekend traveling to Duluth. The games will take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:07 p.m. at the new AMSOIL Arena.
• Earlier this season the Beavers picked up their first-ever win over the Bulldogs, downing the then-No. 3 team 1-0 at the Sanford Center. Emily Erickson the lone goal of the game at the 13:25 mark of the third period. Erin Cody and Erika Wheelhouse picked up assists on the play. Zuzana Tomcikova made season-high 38 saves in the contest to blank the Bulldogs.
• In the game following the win, BSU dropped a 3-1 decision to UMD. The only goal for the Beavers came again at the hands of Erickson. Tomcikova stopped 34 more shots in the game, but Bemidji State couldn’t overcome the offensive pressure of the Bulldogs.
• All time against Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State is 1-48-2. The Beavers and Bulldogs played to a 2-2 tied on Dec. 13, 2009 with BSU winning the shootout.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth
• The No. 6 Bulldogs picked up just one point against top-ranked Wisconsin last weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision Friday night before earning a 4-4 tie Saturday night.
• The series vs UW was the first ever women’s match ups in the Bulldogs’ brand new AMSOIL Arena, and last Friday’s opening was a start-studded affair, with alums Jenny Potter, Caroline Ouellette and current assistant coach Maria Rooth dropping the honorary first puck in the ceremonial face-off. UMD struggled to assert its new home ice advantage, however, as the Badgers built up a three-goal lead by the third period. The Bulldogs didn’t get on the scoreboard until 8:15 on a goal by Elin Holmlov. Wisconsin added an open net goal and outshot UMD, 25-21, while winning its 11th game, 4-1 style. UMD leading scorer Haley Irwin did not play Friday night, and sophomore goaltender Jenny Harss made 21 saves.
• The Bulldogs fought back to overcome a two-goal deficit in each of the three periods last Saturday evening to earn the 4-4 tie vs the Badgers. Outshot 43-27, UMD had two players – Kacy Ambroz and Tara Gray on the power-play – notch their first goals of the season. Sophomore defenseman Jessica Wong added a power-play tally, her 11th of the year, and rookie forward Jamie Kenyon scored her third goal of the season, and first game-tying tally of her young career, with just 1:14 left in regulation to bring the game to a 4-4 stalemate. Kenyon’s and Gray’s goals came 1:17 apart and in the last three minutes of regulation. The overtime – the 19th ever between the two programs – ended in their 10th tie, although UMD lost in the ensuing shootout 2-1. Jennifer Harss made 39 saves – a season-high for either Harss or senior goaltender Kim Martin.
• UMD is now 26-21-10 all-time against the Badgers, and finishes up the regular season portion against Wisconsin 1-2-1, with two overtime games. The Bulldogs are also now 2-4-3 against Wisconsin when the Badgers own the No. 1 ranking since 2007.
• Last Saturday’s 4-4 draw vs UW was the first time this year UMD has allowed four goals by its opponent but not suffered a setback. The Bulldogs are 0-3-1 in contests they surrender four goals so far this season.
• Senior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque made her own Bulldog history last Saturday. With her assist on Gray’s goal at 17:29 in the third period, Larcoque became the all-time leading scoring defenseman in UMD history with a combined 92 points (16g, 76a) in 115 skates.
• Minnesota Duluth has not won a game since Dec. 10, a 4-1 victory against North Dakota. Since then, in five games, the Bulldogs are 0-3-2 – the longest winless streak in UMD’s storied history.
• The Maroon and Gold’s seven WCHA setbacks this season is only the third time in program history the Bulldogs have lost seven or more games in league play. UMD was 18-7-3 in league play in 2005-06, and lost a program-high eight skates in the WCHA back in 2003-04, when the Bulldogs went 15-8-1.
• The Bulldogs are 6-6-2 so far this season against teams ranked in the top-10.
• UMD has now had seven games where the team has netted two or more power-play goals during an outing. Four of those two-goal power- play games have come against nationally-ranked opponents, and while UMD is just 4-of-35 in its last six games with the extra skater, they have had two of their two-goal power-play outings in those last six games.

Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team picked up the weekend sweep over the Minnesota State Mavericks winning by scores of 2-0 and 3-1.
• Seven different players scored points for BSU over the weekend. Montana Vichorek and Danielle Williams each had an assist, Emily Erickson had one goal, Annie Bauerfeld, Sadie Lundquist and Lauren Williams each had one goal and one assist, while Erin Johnson had one goal and two assists.
• In Friday’s, Jan. 21, game the Beaver defense shined as Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 22 shots on goal to record her fifth shutout of the season. Annie Bauerfeld and Erin Johnson connected to open the scoring in the second period. Bauerfeld intercepted a MSU pass in the defensive zone and chipped the puck up to Johnson who was making a break up the ice. Entering the offensive zone with two players on her heels, Johnson fought-off the two defenders and kept possession of the puck long enough to make a move around Maverick goalie Alli Altmann for score her fourth goal of the season. In the final minute of play the Mavericks pulled Altmann to gain an extra attacker in hopes of tying the game, but Emily Erickson scored on the empty to secure the Beavers’ 11th victory of the season. Sadie Lundquist and Lauren Williams were credited with assists on the play.
• The following day started off quickly as Lauren Williams scored her first collegiate goal at the 3:27 mark of the first period. Danielle Williams and Erin Johnson connected to set up Lauren Williams on a quick transition play. Lauren Williams then played the puck off the boards to herself to get around a MSU defender. Carrying the puck down on net, she was tripped up and slid into the goal, but only after she slipped the puck past MSU’s tender Alli Altmann. Seven minutes later, Annie Bauerfeld found the net for her sixth goal of the season, fifth since the start of the new year. The play all started on in the BSU defensive zone when Johnson gained control of the puck and played it back behind the net to Montana Vichorek. Vichorek then skated up the zone and made a cross-ice pass to Bauerfeld who found herself with an open lane to the left side of the net. Bauerfeld took the puck in and fired a close-range shot on Altmann’s right. Altmann got the first bit of the shot, but the puck deflected up and over her shoulder and landed in the back of the net. In the final stanza, Tomcikova turned away ten shots to keep the Mavericks from tying the game and sophomore forward Sadie Lundquist would add an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining in the game to secure the weekend sweep.

Power Line
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 33 of the 48 goals this year and have tallied 32 of the 83 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 14 goals and 14 assists, while Erickson has 13 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has six goals and nine assists.
• The trio has accounted for 65 of the 131 total points on the season.

Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 525 saves so far this season. In 21 games she has recorded a .929 save percentage and a 1.99 goals against average.
• Turning away 22 shots on goal, she recorded her 13th career shutout denying the Minnesota State Mavericks on Jan. 21.
• 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.
 
New Year’s Resolution
• So far this new year Annie Bauerfeld has had a hand ten of the last 15 goals scored by the Beavers. Since the new year she has scored four goals and assisted on six. Erin Johnson has also helped in nine of those past 15 goals, scoring three and assisting on six. The two have recorded at least one point in each of the past six games this new year.

Isn’t That Special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team is ranked first with a 90.9 percent penalty kill. They haven’t allowed a power-play goal in 27-straight penalties, spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked fourth on the power play having scored 12 goals on 67 opportunities (17.9 percent).

Boomshakalaka!
• Erin Cody had a hand in 16 consecutive goals, spanning from Nov. 13 from to the second goal in the 5-3 win over then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16 to Nov. 13 against then-No. 8 North Dakota.
• 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 1 point 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 412 shots on the season.

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. 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. She later picked up her first-career assist against Minnesota State on Jan. 22.
• Dusik tallied her first point against St. Cloud State on Jan. 7, when she assisted on Annie Bauerfeld’s third period goal. On Jan. 16, Dusik picked up her second collegiate assist when she tallied a helped on Bauerfeld’s goal against North Dakota.

Shootout Veterans
• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 68. Second is Minnesota State with 60.

Wining Against The Best
• This season the Beavers have claimed four victories and two ties against nationally-ranked opponents.
• 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.

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.

National Pride
• Over the summer Montana Vichorek was named to 2010 U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team and participated in both the 2010 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival and the 2010 Under-22 Series.
• During the winter break Erin Cody was selected to participate in the 2010 USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp, where she trained along side U.S. Olympians such as Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter, and also 13 current WCHA players.


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