BSU set to battle No. 2 Golden Gophers in WCHA series
Thursday, October 27, 2011
BSU set to battle No. 2 Golden Gophers in WCHA series
(2) Minnesota at Bemidji State

WCHA Series, Game 9 and 10

Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Oct. 28, 7:07 p.m.
Oct. 29, 7:07 p.m.
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., D 25 Montana Vichorek
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist
R-Jr., F 3 Abby Williams
So., F 19 Tess Dusik

Last Week for the Beavers
• Bemidji State picked up six points in the WCHA as they picked up a sweep over St. Cloud State University last weekend. The Beavers 8-1 victory over the Huskies Friday marked the most goals they had scored in a single game since Oct. 26, 2001 when they picked up an 8-1 win over St. Cloud State. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) led BSU last weekend. Vichorek tied the school record for most points (six) and set the school record for points by a defenseman in the 8-1 win.

Quick Take - Minnesota
• The No.2 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers come into Sanford Center with a 7-1 (5-1 WCHA record). The Golden Gophers’ only loss on the season came at the hands of No. 1 University of Wisconsin earlier this season. Minnesota is led by goaltender Noora Raty’s 0.90 goals against average. Offensively, Amanda Kessel leads the team with nine goals and eight assists. Minnesota’s power play is second in the conference to only BSU. The Golden Gophers have 10 goals on the power play this season.

Tally Your Votes
• The Beavers have received votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and polls for each of the first four weeks of the 2011-12 season. BSU was the top vote getter outside of the top 10 with eight votes in the poll. The Beavers garnered six votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Leading From The Blue Line
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) currently is the team’s co-leader in scoring this season despite being a defenseman for the Beavers. Vichorek has four goals and 10 assists. The BSU senior tied a school record for most points in a game with six versus St. Cloud State last weekend. She also set the record for most points by a defenseman and most assists for a defenseman.

Against Ranked Foes
• BSU was 5-16-2 last season against ranked foes with wins over No. 1 Mercyhurst, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 North Dakota. The wins against Mercyhurst and Minnesota Duluth served as their first win over a ranked opponent and the program’s first-ever victory over the Bulldogs.

Chart Toppers
• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. The Beavers have three players ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (4), Erika Wheelhouse (T7) and Marlee Wheelhouse (T10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for goals against average (10) and save percentage (9). M. Wheelhouse is ranked fifth in the nation for power-play goals. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for scoring offense (9), scoring defense (T6), scoring margin (8), power play (3) and penalty kill (T7).

The Replacement?
• The Beavers might have found their third member of its top line in Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba). Dusik has stepped up this season with four goals and two assists and finds herself on the top line with Sadie Lundquist and Emily Erickson, a role vacated by the now departed Erin Cody.

They Want You To Take The Rolls
• Bemidji State used perseverance in Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Huskies as two of their goals came in scrambles in front of the net where the puck looked to be stopped by the St. Cloud State goaltender but on two separate occasions with two different Wheelhouses, the Beavers put the puck in the back of the net for scores.

More Power
• The BSU power play is currently ranked third in the nation with 12 goals on 34 attempts. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D,  Crookston, Minn.) has tallied three power-play goals this season to lead the Beavers and rank tied for fifth in the nation for that category.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 5-1-2 start in the first eight games ties the best start the BSU program has ever had. The Beavers also went 5-1-2 to begin the 2001-02 season under Jason Lesterberg. Bemidji State finished the year with a 12-13-8 mark (7-11-6 WCHA).

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine as of late tallying 20 goals in their last three games. BSU’s seven goals against Maine and eight goals versus St. Cloud State are their highest scoring performances since tallying eight goals against St. Cloud State Oct. 26, 2001. BSU has scored three or more goals in every game but their first game of the season.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) needs only two wins to surpass Bre Dedrickson’s career record of 33 wins. Tomcikova is also inching closer to career marks for games appeared in, minutes playedd and career saves. Tomcikova is 3-1-2 on the season with a 1.94 goals against average and 152 saves.

Games Appeared In
110    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
91    Zuzana Tomcikova

Minutes Played
6075: 02     Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5349:16    Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Wins
33    Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)
31    Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2664    Zuzana Tomcikova

Cleaning Up
• The Bemidji State Beavers have picked up sweeps in their last two series with two wins against University of Maine and two wins versus WCHA foe St. Cloud State University. The sweep of St. Cloud State is the first conference sweep of the season for BSU.

Smurfs On Ice
• Linemates Abby Williams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.) and Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.) who along with early season linemate Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) dubbed themselves the Smurfs because of their short stature. The Williams pair hooked up for what proved to be the game-winning goal in BSU’s 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State with Abby scoring her first goal of the season and Lauren notching the assist.

Comeback Kids
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team has shown 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 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 power play. 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 Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 34 of 89 points this season. Three players (Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Erika Wheelhouse) rank in the top 10 in the nation for defenseman scoring and are also among BSU’s top five scorers this season. The BSU blue liners have scored 11 goals and tallied 23 assists this season led by Vichorek’s four goals and 10 assists.

Home Grown
• BSU has found success recruiting all over Minnesota and has delved into Canada for some talent but currently the Beavers’ five leading scorers all hail from Northern Minnesota. Montana Vichorek of Moose Lake and Sadie Lundquist of Cloquet currently lead the team with four goals and 10 assists while Coleraine-product Emily Erickson and Crookston-natives Marlee and Erika Wheelhouse have also been a huge part of the BSU scoring this season.

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 Oct. 15. The game served as McElhinney’s debut on the season. Mac has appeared in two games this season and has only allowed two goals while making 40 saves. Both games were wins for McElhinney.

• Tess Dusik’s goal Oct. 14 against Maine gave BSU thier first overtime victory since defeating Minnesota State University 2-1 Dec. 11, 2010. The overtime win was only the seventh all-time for the Beavers. Oct. 14’s overtime game was the third of the season 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 eight 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.

Wheelhouse Selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying six assists on the weekend against Ohio State University Oct. 7-8. The mark fell just one assist short of her season total from the 2010-11 campaign.

Upset Minded
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying six assists on the weekend against Ohio State University Oct. 7-8. The mark fell just one assist short of her season total from the 2010-11 campaign.

Top 10 Tracker
• In addition to Tomcikova, several other players are closing in on top 10 career marks.

10. Caesare Stimson 67
 -    Montana Vichorek 60
-     Emily Erickson 57

10. Guylaine Hache 32
-    Emily Erickson 28

Power Play Goals
T7. Lisa Peters 10
T7. Caesare Stimson 10
T7. Guylaine Hache 10
10. Emily Erickson 9

8. Montana Vichorek 46
9. Kerri McEwen 45
10. Amy Shepler 39
- Sadie Lundquist 32

Points by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 87
2. Montana Vichorek 60
3. Marlee Wheelhouse 32
4. Erika Wheelhouse 31

Goals by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 35
2. Montana Vichorek 14
3. Jenny Schnickel 12
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 8

Assists by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 52
2. Montana Vichorek 46
3. Erika Wheelhouse 27
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 24

Consecutive Games Played
9. Guylaine Hache 121
T10. Betsy Hegland 117
T10. Erin Cody 117
T10. Marlee Wheelhouse 117
T10. Montana Vichorek 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 full voids in their lines for the 2011-12 season.
Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) leads all newcomers with four goals and two assists. Kelly scoring a second period goal in Friday’s 8-1 drubbing of St. Cloud State. Kelly also currently leads the team with two-game winning goals.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in seven games this season and tallied two vital assists against University of Maine Oct. 14. Huber assisted on Emily Erickson’s game-tying goal in the final two minutes of the third period and Tess Dusik’s game-winning goal two minutes into overtime.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has appeared in six games on BSU’s blue line this season. Chapman notched her first career assist on a Lauren Williams goal in the third period of Friday’s contest with St. Cloud State.
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) scored her first goal as a Beaver against Ohio State to put BSU ahead 4-3 in the Friday match-up with the Buckeyes.
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.
Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) has one assist on the season. Her assist came on a Rachael Kelly goal Oct. 15 in BSU’s 7-0 victory over Maine.
Alex Citrowske (Fr., F, Savage, Minn.), Tegan Rose (Fr., D, Gibbons, Alberta) and Jenessa Philipczyk (Fr., F, Stillwater, Minn.) have yet to appear this season. Philipczyk intends to redshirt this season for the Beavers.

Special Teams
• BSU’s penalty kill unit shined as the Beavers killed off 10 Providence power plays in the two-game series. 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 against 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 Bacl Bears Friday and tallied a short-handed goal Saturday in a 7-0 win.
• Against St. Cloud State, BSU tallied five power-play goals on the weekend but also gave up two goals on the penalty kill.

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 try out for the USA Women’s Hockey National Team. Vichorek was one of 79 players invited to participate in the camp.

Next Week For BSU
• Next week the Beavers will hit the road for a WCHA series with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks.

Series History
• Minnesota leads the all-time series with Bemidji State at a 46-3-5 clip. BSU picked up one win in the four meetings between the two schools last year. The Beavers and Golden Gophers tied twice during the 2009-10 season.

Last Week For The Golden Gophers
• The Beavers picked up two wins last weekend versus Minnesota State University. Sarah Davis had two goals in Saturday’s game while Emily West tallied two assists in that game. Sarah Erickson notched two goals in Friday’s game against the Mavericks.

Bemidji Connection
• Sarah Erickson, who played at Bemidji High School, returns to the First City on the Mississipp this weekend. Erickson has four goals and seven assists so far this season.

Frost vs. Bemidji State
• Brad Frost owns a 15-1-2 record in his four years against Bemidji State.