BSU treks to Pine Tree State for nonconference series
Thursday, October 13, 2011
BSU treks to Pine Tree State for nonconference series

Bemidji State at Maine

Nonconference Game, Game 4 and 5
Location: Orono, Maine (Alfond Sports Arena)
Date & Time: Oct. 14, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Oct. 15, 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM (Fri.)
Talk Radio Talk Radio 1360 AM (Sat.)
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BSU Players to Watch
R-Jr., F, Emily Erickson
Sr., D, Montana Vichorek
Jr. D, Erika Wheelhouse
Sr. D, Marlee Wheelhouse

Last Week for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team fell behind in both games last week against Ohio State but showed their poise in the face of adversity as they came back in both games. BSU scored four goals in seven minutes Friday in order to come back from being down 3-0. The Beavers ended up with a 4-4 tie with the Buckeyes in that game. Saturday, BSU again put up a comeback but fell short 5-3. WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Erika Wheelhouse paced the Beavers with six assists last weekend.

Quick Take - Maine
• The Maine Black Bears picked up two comeback victories over No. 9 Quinnipiac University last weekend. The Black Bears were down 3-0 Friday but came back to pick up a 4-3 win over the Bobcats. Saturday, Maine was down 4-1 heading into the third but used four late goals including two from Hockey East Co-Player of the Week Danielle Ward to come away with the win. Ward also scored the game-winner in overtime. Ward comes into the weekend with three goals and two assists. Myriam Crousette leads the Black Bears in scoring with three goals and three assists.

Tally Your Votes
• The Beavers have received votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and polls to start the season. BSU received two votes in each poll after going 0-1-1 against Ohio State last weekend.

Wheelhouse Named WCHA Player of the Week
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) became the second-consecutive BSU player to be named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week this season after notching six assists in two games against Ohio State University.

Comeback Kids
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team proved they were poised in the face of adversity over the weekend as they mounted two comebacks against Ohio State University. The Beavers were down 3-0 early in the second period but tallied four goals in the span of seven minutes in the late second period and early third period to go ahead 4-3. The Beavers would end up tying the Buckeyes 4-4 Friday. Saturday BSU was down 4-1 early in the third and tallied two goals in the span of three minutes to go down 4-3. The Buckeyes would fend off Saturday’s comeback.

Moving Forward
• The BSU defense has taken to the offensive end this season to make up for several departures from the line-up after last season. BSU defeneman have tallied 13 of 27 points scored so far this season including three goals. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) leads all defenseman in scoring with six assists while Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) has tallied one goal and three assists. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) have also tallied points this season.

Return of the King
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) returns to Orono this weekend after competing as a freshman for the Black Bears last season. King transferred to Bemidji State prior to the start of the 2011-12 season after tallying two goals and an assist for Maine last season. King tallied her first BSU goal last weekend putting the Beavers ahead 4-3 Friday after being down 3-0 heading into the third period against Ohio State. BSU would end up with a 4-4 tie against the Buckeyes.

Wheelhouse With The Assist
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) tallied six assists on the weekend. The mark falls one short of her season total from the 2010-11 campaign. Wheelhouse assisted on three goals in the second period Friday to help BSU back into the game after being down 3-0 early in the second period.

Erickson Breaks Lid After Scoreless First Weekend
Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) was scoreless in BSU’s first series against Providence College but her scoreless streak didn’t last long. Erickson was vital in BSU’s comeback Friday as she talled two goals and one assist. Erickson came into the season as BSU’s most likely replacement for the now departed Erin Cody. Erickson tallied 16 goals and 11 assists last season.

Shootout Vets
• Despite two shootout losses BSU can sure say they are already shootout veterans four games into the season. BSU went to a shootout in their season opener against No. 10 Providence and in their first game of the Ohio State series last weekend.

• 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.

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 October 5 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 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 (Jr., 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. BSU enters the Maine series this weekend with 70 blocks. The Wheelhouse sisters each have 17 on the season.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) struggled against Ohio State as Ally Tarr and Natalie Spooner for Ohio State had her number over the weekend. Tomcikova had a strong weekend in the previous series against No. 10 Providence College only allowing one goal on the weekend and eventually being honored as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Tomcikova needs only four more wins to move past Bre Dedrickson as BSU’s all-time goalie wins leader. She is also inching closer to the top spot for games appeared in (89), minutes played (5,227:46) and career saves (2823).

Games Appeared In                                  Career Wins
110    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)            33    Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)
89    Zuzana Tomcikova                            29     Zuzana Tomcikova

Minutes Played                                              Career Saves
6075:02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)            3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5227:46    Zuzana Tomcikova                          2823    Zuzana Tomcikova

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.
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) scored her first goal at BSU against Ohio State to put BSU ahead 4-3 in Friday’s contest.
• Newcomers Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba), Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) and Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska.) all have played this season but have yet to score.
• Freshmen Alex Citrowske ( F, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Tegan Rose (D, Gibbons, Alberta) did not appear against Providence College or Ohio State University, along with reshman Jenessa Philipczyk (F, Stillwater, Minn.), a walk-on who intends to redshirt during the 2011-12 season.

Special Teams
• BSU’s 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.
• Against Ohio State, the opposite occured as BSU’s power-play unit was stellar accounting for four power-play goals against the Buckeyes while their penalty kill unit gave up two power-play goals to Ohio State.

Off to the Races
Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) began her collegiate career with some excitement 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.

Next Week for the Beavers

• Following the two-game series with Maine, BSU will return home for their WCHA home opener against St. Cloud State University Oct. 21 and 22.

Bemidji State Connection
•  Maine head coach Maria Lewis spent three seasons at Bemidji State’s WCHA rival University of North Dakota prior to arriving at Maine last season. While at UND, Lewis was an assistant coach for current BSU graduate assistant coach Casie Hanson, who competed for UND from 2005-09. In addition, Lewis coached current BSU sophomore Kristi King last season at Maine.

Ward Named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week
• Danielle Ward was named the Hockey East Co-Player of the Week last week after scoring three goals in Maine’s comeback victories against No. 9 Quinnipiac University.

Series History
• BSU is 0-3-0 all-time against Maine. The two teams last met Oct. 7, 2006 with the Black Bears winning 3-2. The other two meetings occured in 2000 with Maine coming away with 4-1 and 5-2 victories. All games have been played in Orono.

Maine Receiving Votes
• Similar to BSU, Maine is receiving votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and polls. The Black Bears were the top point-getters outside of the Top 10 in the poll with nine votes while they had four votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.