Ohio State (14-16-2; 10-13-3-2 WCHA)
Bemidji State (12-15-3; 10-13-3-2 WCHA)
Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
Listen Online: BeaverRadioNetwork.com
Live stats: www.BSUBeavers.com
Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will finish the 2010-11 regular season this weekend at home hosting Ohio State University. Saturday’s game will also be senior day for the Beavers, as the team will honor this year’s three seniors, Annie Bauerfeld, Erin Cody, and Erin Johnson.
• The Beavers and Buckeyes met previously this season in Columbus, Ohio with BSU only taking one point on the weekend.
• On Nov. 26 the then-No. 9/10 Buckeyes and Beavers skated to a 2-2 tie, and OSU went on to win the shootout. So far that has been the only shootout loss of the season for Bemidji State. Emily Erickson and Allie Duellman scored for the Beavers in the game with Zuzana Tomcikova making 35 saves. The following game saw Ohio State skate to a 3-1 victory over BSU. Danielle Williams scored the lone goal for the Beavers.
• Overall the Beavers are 15-25-8 against the Buckeyes. Bemidji State has gone 2-9-3 in the past 14 meetings wiht Ohio State, with the last BSU victory coming on Jan. 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio by a score of 1-0.
Scouting Ohio State
• Last weekend (Feb. 11-12), the Buckeyes dropped two games to Minnesota Duluth, 5-2 and 5-1, in the final regular-season home games at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes’ five seniors were recognized before the opening faceoff.
• Last Friday, freshman goalie Lisa Steffes broke the single season record for most saves in a season when her 31 stops surpassed the school mark of Lisa Bonanno, who recorded 886 in the 2008-09 season.
• Last Saturday, after a scorfeless first period, the Bulldogs went up 3-0 after the second period. Brienna Gillanders opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 3:52, as her shot trickled over the line. Minnesota Duluth extended the lead to 2-0 on Katherine Wilson’s goal from the slot off a 2-on-1 at 12:52. Elin Homlov scored on a rebound from the just outside the crease at 15:37 to make the score 3-0. Shots were 19-8 in favor of the Bulldogs in the period, with Steffes making 16 saves. Jocelyne Larocque scored 12:05 into the third period to give the Bulldogs a four-goal lead. At 13:48 Buckeye junior Natalie Spooner scored unassisted, beating the goalie high for her team-best 25th goal of the year, to break up the shutout. With the goal, Spooner ties former Buckeye Jana Harrigan (2003-06) for second on the all-time career list with 68 goals. The final score came from Audrey Coumoyer with :40 seconds remaining. Shots in the game were 38-27 in favor of the Bulldogs. Steffes had 33 saves in 59:58 between the pipes. For Minnesota Duluth, Jennifer Harss had 26 saves in 59:56. The Buckeyes were unable to score on four power-play chances, while the Bulldogs converted three-of-five opportunities.
• The Buckeyes are currently on a four-game losing streak having dropped two games to the University of North Dakota two weeks prior.
• Juniors Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner lead Ohio State in scoring this season. McIntosh has the most with 45 points (12G, 33A), while Spooner has 37 points (25G, 12A). Last season’s Rookie of the Year, Hokey Langan, is in a close third with 30 points (13G, 17A).
• In net for the Buckeyes is Lisa Steffes, a true freshman, who received the starting job in net during the preseason when returning goaltender Chelsea Knapp was forced to red-shirt the season due to an injury. Steffese has seen the most minutes played out of any goalie in the nation with 1914:35. She also leads the nation for saves with 939 while allowing 100 goals so far this season.
• The Buckeyes enter the weekend with 12th best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 2.91 goals per game. However, their defense is ranked 31st in the nation averaging 3.25 goals against per game.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team continued on its losing skid, dropping two games to the University of Minnesota this past weekend, with scores of 4-1 and 3-0.
• On Feb. 11, the Beavers opened the scoring just 30 into the game as Megan Bozek was called for freezing the puck in the crease resulting in a penalty shot. Erin Cody took the penalty shot for the Beavers and beat UM’s goalie Noora Räty to score her 19th goal of the season. Unfortunately for the Beavers that would be the only scoring they would do on the weekend. Minnesota went on to score four goals in the first period to help them secure a 4-1 victory.
• The following night, Noora Räty posted her ninth shutout of the season stopping 34 shots on goal. The Gophers scored one breakaway goal and one power-play goal before scoring on the open net in the final minute of play to down the Beavers 3-0.
• In all on the weekend, Zuzana Tomcikova made 51 saves on 53 shots.
• The Beaver penalty kill went 6-7 on the weekend.
• The shutout on Feb. 12 was the third time the Beavers have been shutout on the season and the first time since the Oct. 15 game against then-No. 1 Mercyhurst.
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has secured a sole fifth-place finish in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the best in program history.
• Last season the Beavers finished tied for fifth in the WCHA, BSU has also finished fifth before in the WCHA, but never with an eight-team conference before.
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.
• Bemidji State is sixth in the nation for senior class scoring with 65 points. BSU’s seniors, Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld, have combined for 30 goals and 35 assists, averaging 2.17 points per game.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 37 of the 58 goals this year and have tallied 33 of the 95 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 19 goals and 15 assists, while Erickson has 13 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has six goals and 10 assists.
• The trio has accounted for 69 of the 153 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. The three also did not play together on Feb. 12 at Minnesota.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 576 saves so far this season. In 23 games she has recorded a .932 save percentage and a 1.92 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 eight games starting the new year.
Isn’t That Special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team is second with a 89.7 percent penalty kill. Spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota, the Beavers have successfully killed 45 of the last 48 penalties.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked sixth on the power play having scored 15 goals on 95 opportunities (15.8 percent).
• 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).
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 530 shots on the season.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.