No. 10 BSU treks to Minnesota State for WCHA series
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
No. 10 BSU treks to Minnesota State for WCHA series

(10) Bemidji State at Minnesota State

WCHA Series, Game 11 and 12

Location: Mankato, Minn. (All Seasons Arena)
Date & Time: Nov. 4, 7:07 p.m.
Nov. 5, 3:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM (Friday)
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist
Jr., D 14 Erika Wheelhouse
So., F 19 Tess Dusik

Last Week for the Beavers
• Bemidji State is coming off a series split with No. 2 Minnesota last week. The 2-1 win Saturday marks the fourth-ever victory for BSU over Minnesota. The Beavers had a stellar performance on the weekend from goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) who made several game-changing saves Saturday to keep BSU in the game. Tomcikova notched 87 saves in two games allowing only one goal Saturday against Minnesota.

Quick Take - Minnesota State
• The Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks come into Friday’s game looking to end a four-game losing streak. The Mavericks have been shut out in each of their last four games against Ohio State University and Minnesota. Minnesota State is led by sophomore Kathleen Rogan’s six goals this season. The Mavericks have been strong on the power play with eight goals this season but they have also allowed eight goals on the penalty kill. Forward Lauren Smith currently leads the team with one goal and eight assists. Goaltender Alli Altmann has seen the bulk of the time in net with a 3.15 goals against average and 180 saves.

Poll Position
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team is ranked in a tie for 10th with Harvard this weekend in poll. The ranking is the first in program history for BSU after upsetting No. 2 University of Minnesota 2-1 Saturday at Sanford Center.

Lets Go Smurfin’
Steve Sertich chose to match-up his line of Abby Williams, Lauren Williams and Kristi King up against the daunting Minnesota line of Jen Schoullis, Sarah Erickson and Amanda Kessel Saturday. The line was tasked with the responsibility of serving as a defensive forward line and thus shutting down the Golden Gopher top unit. The trio did so holding Schoullis, Erickson and Kessel scoreless Saturday after the trio was responsible for all four goals in Minnesota’s 4-1 victory Friday. The line of A. Williams, L. Williams and King has been dubbed the “Smurf” line after the loveable short blue creatures from the 1980s animated series. All three players are under 5-4 in height and thus have a diminutive stature similar to the “Smurfs” thus garnering the nickname.

Gopher Killers
• Bemidji State upset No. 2 Minnesota for the program’s fourth-ever victory over the Golden Gophers and Steve Sertich’s fourth victory over a team ranked in the top five. Sertich teams have also defeated No. 1 Mercyhurst (2010-11), No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (2010-11) and No. 4 Wisconsin (2009-10).

Friendly Confines
• Bemidji State is 4-1-1 at Sanford Center this season including upset victories over No. 2 Minnesota and No. 10 Providence. BSU is 13-6-3 since opening Sanford Center Oct. 15 against Mercyhurst College. The Beavers have only been swept at Sanford Center once since moving into their new home and that was against No. 1 Wisconsin last season. The Badgers would go on to capture the NCAA Division I National Championship. BSU has had six victories over top 10 teams at Sanford Center including their first-ever win over a No. 1 opponent (Mercyhurst) and their first-ever win over No. 3 Minnesota Duluth.

A Month For Winning
• October was obviously a month for winning for BSU as they went 6-2-1 during the month with their only losses coming to Ohio State University and No. 2 Minnesota. The Beavers have earned victories over St. Cloud State University, No. 2 Minnesota, Maine and No. 10 Providence during October.

Saturday Night Special
• BSU is only 2-1-2 in Friday games but has been successful avenging Friday results as they currently boast a 4-1-0 mark in games played on Saturday. The Beavers two upset wins over ranked foes came on Saturday as they defeated No. 10 Providence and No. 2 Minnesota at Sanford Center.

Finding The Net
Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) is on a roll of late as she has done a tremendous job of finding the net or helping others find the net in the last five games. Lundquist has tallied four goals and nine assists in the last five games including the game-winner in BSU’s upset over No. 2 Minnesota Saturday.

Well Isn’t That Special

• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 13 goals on 39 attempts while their penalty kill is ranked seventh in the country only allowing four power-play goals this year. Combined, BSU’s special teams are the second-best in the nation. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D,  Crookston, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) have each tallied three power-play goals this season to lead the Beavers and rank tied for sixth in power-play goals.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 6-2-2 start in the first 10 games is the best start Bemidji State has ever had. The start marks the first time the Beavers has had six wins in the first 10 games since the 1999-00 season when BSU went 6-4-0 in the first 10 games under Ruthann Cantile.

Kelly Named WCHA Rookie of the Week
Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) garnered WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Nov. 2 after scoring a goal to help catapult BSU to a 2-1 victory over No. 2 Minnesota. Kelly leads all Beaver newcomers in scoring with four goals and two assists.

Against Ranked Foes
• Bemidji State has started the season 2-1-1 against ranked foes as they have wins against No. 2 Minnesota and No. 10 Providence. BSU also tied No. 10 Providence. The teams only loss game in the first game against No. 2 Minnesota Friday.

Leading From The Blue Line

Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) is currently third on the team in scoring with four goals and 10 assists. Vichorek ranks sixth in the nation for points per game among defensemen. Fellow defenseman Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) has also had a successful year leading from the blue line as she currently has three goals and seven assists and ranks 10th in the nation for points per game by a defenseman.

Chart Toppers
• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. The Beavers have two players ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (6) and Erika Wheelhouse (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for save percentage (6). Marlee Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for sixth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for fourth for game-winning goals with two. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for  scoring defense (T8), scoring margin (9), power play (4) and penalty kill (7).

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 Oct. 22’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.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season goals accounting for 36 goals in 10 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 one wins to surpass Bre Dedrickson’s career record of 33 wins. Tomcikova needs 607 minutes played and 17 games appeared in to tie two Emily Brookshaw’s records. Tomcikova is also chasing Brookshaw for the career saves mark. The senior netminder needs 324 saves to surpass Brookshaw’s mark. Tomcikova is 4-2-2 with a 1.96 goals against average and 239 saves this season.

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

Minutes Played
6075: 02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5468:35 Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Wins

33  Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)
32  Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2751    Zuzana Tomcikova

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

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 35 of 97 points this season. Two players (Montana Vichorek 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 along with Marlee Wheelhouse. The BSU blue liners have scored 11 goals and tallied 24 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. Sadie Lundquist of Cloquet currently leads the team with six goals and 10 assists while Emily Erickson of Coleraine has six goals and nine assists. Moose Lake-product Montana Vichorek 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.

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 59

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
- Emily Erickson 31

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

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 28
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 24

Consecutive Games Played
8. Guylaine Hache 121
T9. Marlee Wheelhouse 119
T9. Montana Vichorek 119

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 scored the first goal in BSU’s 2-1 victory over No. 2 Minnesota. Kelly was selected as the conference’s Newcomer of the Week for her performance.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in nine games this season and tallied two vital assists against University of Maine Oct. 14. Huber added her third assist of the season on Kelly’s goal against Minnesota.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has appeared in eight games on BSU’s blue line this season. Chapman notched her first career assist on a Lauren Williams goal in the third period of the Oct. 21 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, Prior Lake, Minn.) played both games against Minnesota making her BSU debut as a member of the fourth line.
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.

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 head to Eveleth, Minn. for the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game against Lindenwood University at the Eveleth Hippodrome.

Series History
• The series is even between Minnesota State and Bemidji State at 20-20-10. The Mavericks have not won a game in the series since Nov. 1, 2008. BSU has either earned a win or tie in the last 10 meetings with Minnesota State. The Beavers have won the last two meetings picking up two wins at Sanford Center Jan. 21 and 22.

Last Week For Minnesota State

• The Mavericks were shut out in two games last weekend against Ohio State University goaltender Lisa Steffes. The shutouts were the third and fourth straight against Minnesota State, a team that was also shut out against No. 2 Minnesota a week prior.

Under Means
• BSU is 5-0-3 against Minnesota State head coach Eric Means who enters his third season with the Mavericks in 2011-12.