BSU hosts St. Cloud State in WCHA home opener
Thursday, October 20, 2011
BSU hosts St. Cloud State in WCHA home opener
St. Cloud State at Bemidji State

Conference Home Opener, Game 7 and 8
Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Oct. 21, 2:07 p.m.
Oct. 22, 2:07 p.m.
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BSU Players to Watch
R-Jr., F, Emily Erickson
Sr., D, Montana Vichorek
Jr., D, Erika Wheelhouse
So., F, Tess Dusik

Last Week for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team picked up a sweep of University of Maine last weekend in a nonconference match-up in Orono, Maine. The Beavers came from behind in the third period last Friday to defeat the Black Bears 3-2 in overtime. On Saturday, BSU used the most goals they have scored since 2001 to take down Maine 7-0. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) paced BSU with three goals and one assist and was thus named the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week for her performance.

Quick Take - St. Cloud State
• The St. Cloud State Huskies enter the weekend with a 1-5 (0-4-0 WCHA) mark. The Huskies are coming off two losses to Ohio State University last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. St. Cloud State has been led thus far by Brittany Toor’s one goal and three assists. They have scored seven goals this season and have allowed 27. In goal, senior Taylor VanDenakker has seen the brunt of the duty starting four games. She comes into the weekend with a 4.30 goals against average and 169 saves.

Tally Your Votes
• The Beavers have received votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and for each of the first three weeks of the 2011-12 season. BSU garnered three votes in both polls after picking up a series sweep versus University of Maine.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team was a force to be reckoned with last Saturday as they picked up a 7-0 victory over University of Maine. The seven goals against the Black Bears marks the most goals BSU has scored in a single game since tallying eight goals versus St. Cloud State University Oct. 26, 2001.

Cleaning Up
• The Beavers picked up their first series sweep of the season over the weekend with two wins over the University of Maine. The sweep marks the first time BSU has picked up a sweep in a series since defeating Minnesota State University in a series last January.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 3-1-2 start in the first six games ties the best start the BSU program has ever had. The Beavers also went 3-1-2 to begin the 2001-02 season under Jason Lesterberg. Bemidji State finished the year with a 12-13-8 mark (7-11-6 WCHA).

Stepping Up
Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) finally showed BSU fans the Emily Erickson of old last weekend as she led the team with three goals and one assist in two victories over Maine. Erickson’s late third period goal brought the Beavers back from a 2-1 deficit and helped the Beavers capture the overtime victory. Erickson tallied two goals Saturday in a 7-0 win over the Black Bears including her first short-handed goal of her career.

No Goals For You
Alana McElhinney (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) put up her third career shutout with 17 saves in a 7-0 victory over Maine last Saturday. The game served as McElhinney’s debut on the season taking over for Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia), who had started BSU’s first five games.

More Power

• BSU has taken advantage of their power plays this season tallying seven goals on 29 power plays so far. Last Friday, the Beavers used three power-play goals to pick up a comeback victory in overtime against the Maine Black Bears. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) each have two power-play goals for the Beavers.

Home Grown
• BSU has found success recruiting all over Minnesota and has even delved into Canada for some talent but currently the Beavers’ four leading scorers are all Northern Minnesota products. Crookston-native Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D) currently leads all scorers with two goals and six assists while Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Montana Vichorek (Sr.,, D, Moose Lake, Minn.) has each added seven points. Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) has chipped in six points for the Beavers thus far.

Comeback Kids
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team has showed time and time again this season that they are poised in the face of adversity. After mounting two comebacks against Ohio State University the week prior, BSU did it again as they came from behind in the waning minutes Friday against Maine to come away with an overtime victory over the Black Bears, 3-2. BSU was down 2-1 with less than two minutes left when they pulled the goaltender in order to go on a six-on-four skater advantage via a powerplay. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) quickly netted the puck tying the game and forcing an overtime where Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) tallied the game-winner two minutes into the extra period.

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 defensemen have tallied 20 of 54 points scored so far this season including six goals. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) leads all players in scoring this season with two goals and six assists while Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) has tallied two goals and five assists. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) have also tallied points this season with Wheelhouse notching a goal and an assist and Lieder accounting for one goal and one assist.

Wheelhouse With The Assist
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) tallied six assists against Ohio State University Oct. 7-8. 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.

Tess Dusik’s overtime goal last Friday against Maine gave BSU their first overtime victory since defeating Minnesota State University 2-1 in overtime Dec. 11, 2010. The overtime win is only the seventh all-time for the Beavers. Last Friday’s overtime game was the third of the season already for BSU. The other two overtime games (Ohio State and Providence) went to a shootout.

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.
• 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 St. Cloud State series with 83 blocks, however Maine only kept team blocks and did not give credit to individual players.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) picked up the win in Friday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Maine. Tomcikova’s victory moves her within three of Bre Dedrickson’s career wins mark. Tomcikova is also inching closer to the career marks for games appeared in, minutes played and career saves.

Games Appeared In               Career Wins
110 Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)           33  Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)
90  Zuzana Tomcikova                         30  Zuzana Tomcikova

Minutes Played                  Career Saves
6075:02 Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)           3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5289:16 Zuzana Tomcikova                         2643    Zuzana Tomcikova

Top 10 Tracker
• In addition to Tomcikova, several other players are closing in on top 10 career marks. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) needs seven points to break the top 10 for career points while Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) seeks nine points to break the top 10 in the same category. Erickson is also closing in on the top 10 for career goals. She needs five more goals to tie Guylaine Hache for 10th. Erickson just broke the top 10 for career power-play goals after tallying a power-play goal versus Maine last Friday. She has nine for her career. Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) is also closing in on a top 10 mark for career assists. Wheelhouse needs 12 more assists to tie Amy Shepler for 10th. Wheelhouse currently has 27 assists in her career. In addition to career points, Vichorek inching ever so close to the career record for assists by a defenseman. Vichorek needs 11 more assists to tie Lisa Peters’ 52 career assists. Vichorek has 41 assists in her career. Along with Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.), Vichorek is also closing in on the top 10 for consecutive games played. Both Vichorek and Wheelhouse have 115 straight games they have appeared in. They needs two more games to tie former teammate Erin Cody and Betsy Hegland at 117.

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.) leads all newcomers with two goals and two assists this season. Kelly had an assist on the game-winner in overtime last Friday against Maine and a goal in BSU’s 7-0 rout Saturday.
Kristin Huber  (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) notched two vital assists last Friday in BSU’s come from behind victory in overtime versus Maine. Huber assist on Erickson’s game-tying goal with less than two minutes left and then assisted on Tess Dusik’s game-winner in overtime. The points were the first of her career.
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) scored her first goal as a Beaver against Ohio State to put BSU ahead 4-3 in Friday’s contest.
Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) assisted on a Kimberly Lieder goal to help the Beavers to a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Providence.
• Newcomers Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) and Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska.) have played significant roles on BSU’s lines this season but have yet to tally points.
• Freshmen Alex Citrowske ( F, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Tegan Rose (D, Gibbons, Alberta) did appear in the first three series of the seson, along with freshman 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.
• Versus Maine, BSU was strong on both the power play and penalty kill. The Beavers tallied three power-play goals in the 3-2 overtime victory over the Black Bears Friday and tallied a short-handed goal Saturday in a 7-0 win.

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.

Next Week for BSU
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will remain at home next weekend as they host University of Minnesota in a WCHA match-up. The Golden Gophers are currently ranked No. 2 nationally.

Series History
• St. Cloud State leads the all-time series with Bemidji State at a 26-22-7 clip. However, the Beavers have captured the last six games dating back to Feb. 27, 2010. BSU won all four games against the Huskies last season. In Bemidji, the Beavers own a 12-10-4 advantage. BSU is 2-0 in games played against SCSU at Sanford Center.

Under Giesen
• St. Cloud State head coach Jeff Giesen and Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich have each led their programs for six seasons. Giesen leads the match-ups against Sertich 11-9-3.

Against Ohio State
• The Huskies tallied two goals in two games against Ohio State last weekend. Audrey Hanmer and Jocelyn Zabrick were the parties responsible for the scoring for St. Cloud State. In net, Tayler VanDenakker got both of the starts. She allowed 10 goals to the Buckeyes and racked up 73 saves.