BSU travels to Minneapolis to face-off against No. 4 Gophers
Thursday, February 10, 2011
BSU travels to Minneapolis to face-off against No. 4 Gophers
Bemidji State (12-13-3; 10-11-3-2 WCHA)
No. 4 Minnesota (20-7-2; 15-7-2-1 WCHA)


Location: Minneapolis, Minn. (Ridder Arena)
Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
                      Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
 
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Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will hit the road for the final time of the regular season this weekend as the Beavers head to Minneapolis to face off against the No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
• Earlier this season the Beavers split with the Gophers over the Dec. 3-4 weekend, winning the first game 2-0 before dropping the second 6-2. Erin Cody scored both goals in the 2-0 defeat while Zuzana Tomcikova made 29 saves in the contest. The following night, Emily Erickson and Annie Bauerfeld scored the two goals for BSU, but the Beavers couldn’t overcome an offensive blitz from the Gophers.
• The Gophers have gone on a 10-1-2 run since losing to Bemidji State on Dec. 3.
• All time the Beavers are 3-44-5 against Minnesota and the Dec. 3 win was the first time BSU had beaten the Gophers in Bemidji. The previous two wins, Jan. 7, 2006 and Feb. 9, 2007, happened at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
• With only four games left in the regular season the Beavers are not mathematically eliminated from hosting the first-round of the WCHA playoffs, but one win or shootout win by Minnesota Duluth would eliminate any chance of home ice for the Beavers in the upcoming postseason. The Beavers could still finish anywhere in the conference from tied for third to sixth.
• Junior goalie Zuzana Tomcikova will be rejoining the Bemidji State squad, returning from Turkey where she participated in the 2011 World University Winter Games with the Slovakian Women’s National Hockey team.

Scouting Minnesota
• The No. 4 Golden Gophers (20-7-2 overall, 15-7-2-1 WCHA) earned a two-game sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend at Ridder Arena. Minnesota had goal-scoring from eight different individuals, while 12 recorded a point in the sweep. On the weekend, Amanda Kessel had seven points, followed by Sarah Erickson with four and four individuals with three points.
• With the Saturday win and a Bemidji State loss to Wisconsin, the Gophers clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Minnesota is currently second in the conference standings with 48 points, followed by North Dakota in third (47), Minnesota Duluth (45) and Bemidji State (35). Wisconsin won the WCHA regular season championship last night and currently have 64 conference points to clinch the No. 1 seed.
• The Gopher win also marked another 20-win season for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have had a 20-plus win season since it became a varsity program in 1997-98.
• The Gophers earned a 4-1 win last Saturday to clinch WCHA first round home ice. After a scoreless first period, three goals were scored in the second as Minnesota went up, 2-1. Kessel scored the game’s first goal when she netted a power-play goal at 10:38 in the second period. St. Cloud State scored its first goal of the weekend at 13:24 in the second period from Molli Mott. Minnesota responded with a goal at 19:37 in the second to put the Gophers up, 2-1 after two as Becky Kortum knocked in a rebound attempt. Jen Schoullis cushioned the lead at 2:52 in the third. Minnesota was called with a penalty at 14:01 and St. Cloud State called timeout. Out of the break, SCSU pulled goalie Ashley Nixon to add the extra power-play attacker. Minnesota returned its player to the ice as SCSU still had the goalie pulled. At 19:49, Kessel set up Ashley Stenerson for her first career goal as a Golden Gopher with the empty netter and a 4-1 final.
• Minnesota opened the series last weekend with an 8-0 shutout over SCSU. Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one when Erickson and Kessel each scored an unassisted goal. The Gopher opened the floodgates with five goals in the second period to put the game at 7-0 after two. Schoullis netted a goal of her own just :38 seconds into the second stanza to put the game at 3-0. Minnesota then lit the lamp again at 4:46, 8:25, 8:54 and 10:39 of the second period. Mira Jalosuo scored a Gopher power- play goal at 7:29 in the third period when she capitalized on a rebound attempt from Kessel and Anne Schleper. Both of the starting goalies left the game during the second period. Gopher goalie Noora Raty left after Minnesota’s fourth goal scored, while Nixon departed after Kessel’s second goal of the game. Raty was replaced by Jenny Lura. She continued the shutout with 17 saves, including nine in the third period. Raty earns the win, but both goalies assist in the shutout. Tayler VanDenakker replaced Nixon and had 21 saves in 31 minutes played.
• Bemidji State comes to town this weekend as the Golden Gophers close out their regular home season, Feb. 11-12. Friday’s BSU game is slated for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s tilt will be at 4 p.m. The Saturday game will also feature an on-ice senior presentation prior to the game as the Gophers honor Lura, Laura May and Terra Rasmussen.
 
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team dropped two games to the top team in the country losing 7-1 and 3-2 in overtime to the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers.
• In Friday’s contest the Badgers opened the first period jumping out to a large 4-0 lead. In the final of minute in the opening frame the Beavers started to get some momentum rolling and found a goal at the 19:23 mark. Sadie Lundquist and Erin Cody combined to help Abby Williams score her first goal as a BSU Beaver. The second period saw a hug turn-around in Bemidji State’s play as the Beavers kept the Badgers scoreless while creating their own offensive opportunities. However, the skill of the No. 1 Badgers was too much for BSU and Wisconsin would eventually take the game with a 7-1 score.
• Saturday saw the Beavers rebound in a huge way from the previous day. From the drop of the puck, Bemidji State looked determined to pull out a victory from the Badgers. At the 5:42 mark of the first period Erin Cody scored on the power play to give the Beavers their first lead of the weekend. Montana Vichorek was credited with an assist along with tender Alana McElhinney as she started the play from behind the BSU bet. The Beavers scored a second goal eight minutes in the second period, but after official review was waived off for goaltender interference. McElhinney started the game making 29 consecutive saves before conceding Wisconsin’s first goal at the 15:02 of the second period. The Badgers would later score to take a 2-1 lead late in the third period, but BSU’s Marlee Wheelhouse would personally see to it that the BSU deficit was erased. After intercepting a dump-in at the BSU blue line, Wheelhouse skated into the Wisconsin zone, weaving past two Badgers before cutting across the top of the slot and sniping the puck past Alex Rigsby’s right shoulder. The Beavers entered overtime for the fifth time in the season and had an unblemished 1-0-3 record in overtime games. However, UW’s Hilary Knight scored halfway through the extra frame complete the regular season sweep over the Beavers. The goal was reviewed for goaltender interference, but was upheld after official review.
• Alana McElhinney made a total of 77 saves on the weekend, the most of any goalie in the WCHA last weekend, including 23 saves in the second period alone in Saturday’s contest.
• The goal by Marlee Wheelhouse was the first of the season for the junior defender.

Not In Our House
• With the win over Minnesota State on Jan. 22 the Beavers tied their school record for most home wins in a season with eight. The 1999-2000 squad finished with a 8-7-2 record and with two home games left this season, this year’s team could do now worse than finishing 8-7-1 which would still set the mark for the highest home-winning percentage in program history.

Senior Leadership

• Bemidji State is sixth in the nation for senior class scoring with 64 points. BSU’s seniors, Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld, have combined for 29 goals and 35 assists, averaging 2.29 points per game.

Power Line
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 36 of the 57 goals this year and have tallied 32 of the 95 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 18 goals and 15 assists, while Erickson has 13 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has six goals and 10 assists.
• The trio has accounted for 68 of the 152 total points on the season.
• Over the Wisconsin series in Bemidji (Feb. 4-5) the trio did not play together due to Erickson’s injury.

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 has scored four goals and assisted on seven.
• Erin Johnson has also scored four and assisted on seven. She had an eight-game scoring streak, recording at least one point in each of the games to start the new year.

Isn’t That Special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team is tied for first with a 90.0 percent penalty kill. Spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota, the Beavers have successfully killed 39 of the last 41 penalties.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked sixth on the power play having scored 15 goals on 88 opportunities (17.0 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.
• Setting a record in style, Cody eclipsed the century mark for career points by recording a hat trick against then-No. 6 Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 28. She surpassed Kelly Hart (100) on the all-time points list at BSU and now sits 20 points behind 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. She recorded her second assist on Feb. 5 when she helped set up a play behind the BSU net on the power play against No. 1 Wisconsin.
• 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 507 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. Assisting on Arola’s first collegiate goal on Jan. 29 against then-No.6 UMD, Dusik picked up her third assist. She now leads the five in scoring with three points on the season.

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.
• This winter junior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova participated in the 2011 World University Winter Games held in Erzurum, Turkey. Making 134 saves in six games, posting a .912 save percentage, Tomcikova helped lead Slovakia to the Bronze Medal game where they defeated the United States 3-1.
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