Beavers open WCHA play at Ohio State
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Beavers open WCHA play at Ohio State

Bemidji State at Ohio State

WCHA Opener, Game 3 and 4
Location: Columbus, Ohio (OSU Ice Rink)
Date & Time: Oct. 7, 6:07 p.m. (CT)
Oct. 8, 3:07 p.m. (CT)
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BSU Players to Watch
R-Jr., F, Emily Erickson
Sr., D, Montana Vichorek
Sr., D/F, Marlee Wheelhouse
Sr., G, Zuzana Tomcikova

Last Week for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team picked up a victory over No. 10 Providence College, 3-1, last Saturday. Friday, the Beavers went 65 minutes with Providence before the game officially ended in a 0-0 tie.

Quick Take - Ohio State
• This weekend’s series against Bemidji State will be the regular-season debut for the Ohio State University Buckeyes. OSU is under new leadership as former Robert Morris University head coach Nate Handrahan replaces the now-retired Jackie Barto. The Buckeyes are led by forwards Laura McIntosh (14g, 33a in 2010-11) and Natalie Spooner (26g, 13a in 2010-11) and defenseman Kelly Wild (3g, 16a). The Buckeyes went 14-19-3 (8-17-3) in Barto’s final year at the helm. Last year the season series was 1-1-2 between the Buckeyes and Beavers. BSU picked up a victory at Sanford Center 4-1 to cap the 2010-11 regular season. The series currently stands at 16-25-9 between BSU and OSU.

The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team pulled off a 3-1 upset over No. 10 Providence Saturday evening building off of last season’s plethora of upsets. BSU had five wins over ranked foes last season including their first win over a No. 1 opponents (Mercyhurst College) and their first win ever versus University of Minnesota Duluth. Saturday’s victory also marks the second-consecutive season Bemidji State has picked up a win over a ranked opponent in their home opening series. BSU defeated No. 1 Mercyhurst in the second-ever game at Sanford Center last year.

Tally Your Votes
The Beavers received votes in both polls this week as they garnered three votes in the Division I poll and four votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Women’s Hockey poll.

WCHA Opener
This weekend’s series against The Ohio State University marks the conference opener for Bemidji State. The Beavers have struggled in their WCHA openers going 4-18-2. This season’s conference-opening series against the Buckeyes marks the first time BSU hasn’t opened the season with University of Wisconsin since the 2007-08 season.

Tomcikova named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career Wednesday after notching 54 saves and allowing only one goal as the Beavers went 1-0-1 in a weekend series against No. 10 Providence College. Tomcikova boasted a .982 save percentage on the weekend and picked up her 15th career shutout in Friday’s 0-0 tie with the Friars.

Block Party
The Wheelhouse sisters, Marlee and Erika, led the Beavers with a combined 25 shot blocks this weekend helping BSU to a 1-0-1 record against No. 10 Providence. The Wheelhouses, both from Crookston, Minn., paced a BSU defense that prevented the puck from getting to goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia.) BSU had 43 blocks compared to 21 blocks from the Friars on the weekend. Only one goal was scored against Tomcikova on the weekend.

Off to the Races
Rachael Kelly
(Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) began her collegiate career with some excitement Saturday as she scored what proved to be the game-winner to send the Beavers past No. 10 Providence. The goal was the first of her collegiate career. Kelly was joined by Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) who also added her first points of the season with an assist on a Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) goal Saturday.

Lieder Breaks in Scoring for BSU
•  After a scoreless night Friday against No. 10 Providence, Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) opened the lid on BSU’s scoring with a rocket from the blue-line off a Natasha Kostenko pass. The goal was Lieder’s second career goal and helped guide BSU past No. 10 Providence for a 3-1 upset victory.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) continued where she left off last season with her play in the crease Friday and Saturday against No. 10 Providence. Tomcikova added the 15th shutout of her career Friday with 23 saves. Saturday, Tomcikova allowed one goal but got the victory in the upset win over Providence. She had 31 saves on the evening. Tomcikova inched closer to Bre Dedrickson’s school record for career wins (33) with her 29th victory Saturday. She also moves closer to the career record for saves. Tomcikova now had 2,566 saves in her career and needs 509 to surpass Emily Brookshaw’s 3,075 save mark.

Fryklund returns to old stomping grounds
• It is not very often that a program’s all-time leading scorer gets to return to the place she played her college hockey. Amber Fryklund breaks the mold as she became the new assistant coach for Steve Sertich heading into the 2011-12 season. Fryklund has spent the last eight years coaching high school hockey in the Duluth area.

U.S. National Team invite

Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) was invited to participate in the USA Women’s Hockey National Festival which allowed her the chance to tryout for the USA Women’s Hockey National Team. Vichorek was one of 79 players invited to participate in the camp.

Newcomer watch
• After losing much of its scoring following the 2010-11 season, the BSU women’s hockey team will look to several newcomers to fill voids in their lines for the 2011-12 season.
Rachael Kelly  (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) and Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) each began their collegiate careers with points in the Providence series. Kelly scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 upset over the Friars while Kostenko added an assist in the same game.
• In addition to Kelly and Kostenko, newcomers Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia), Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) and Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska.) also played in the weekend series.
• Freshmen Alex Citrowske ( F, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Tegan Rose (D, Gibbons, Alberta) did not appear against Providence College along with freshman Jenessa Philipczyk (F, Stillwater, Minn.), a walk-on who intends to redshirt during the 2011-12 season.

Northern Minnesota Connection
• The top line for BSU through the first weekend had a Northern Minnesota feel to it as Molly Arola (Jr., F, Walker, Minn.), Emily Erickson (R-Jr, F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) played with the top unit. Both Erickson and Arola played high school hockey for Grand Rapids/Greenway HS while Lundquist competed for Cloquet HS. The top line for the Beavers didn’t account for a goal or assist against No. 10 Providence but Erickson and Lundquist led the team in shots with 11 and 10 respectively.

Special Teams
• Although BSU wasn’t able to score a power-play goal on the weekend, their penalty kill unit shined as the Beavers killed off 10 Providence power plays in the two-game series. In addition, Montana Vichorek capped off the weekend for the penalty kill unit with a short-handed goal Saturday to help secure a 3-1 victory for the Beavers over the No. 10 Friars.

Next Week for the Beavers
• Following the two-game series with Ohio State this weekend, the Beavers will embark on a nonconference roadtrip to face the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine Oct. 14 and 15.

New Boss
•  Former Robert Morris University head coach Nate Handrahan takes over for the now-retired Jackie Barto. Handrahan spent five years as the head coach at Robert Morris.

Bemidji State Connection

•  Ohio State assisant coach Scott Spencer was a former graduate assistant for the BSU men’s hockey program from 2003-06.

Ohio State Exhibition Point Breakdown
The Buckeyes played their lone exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier University out of Waterloo, Ontario. OSU defeated Wilfrid Laurier, 3-1.
• Fr. F 7 Kayla Sullivan (1g, 0a)
• Fr. F 19 Danielle Gagne (1g, 0a)
• Sr. F 10 Melissa Feste (1g, 0a)
• Sr. D 3 Brittany Carlson (0g, 1a)
• Jr. F 12 Hokey Langan (0g, 1a)
• Fr. F 6 Taylor Kuehl (0g, 1a)
• So. F 4 Ally Tarr (0g, 1a)
• So. D 13 Madison Marcotte (0g, 1a)