Beavers venture to (6/7) Minnesota Duluth for WCHA bouts
Friday, November 18, 2011
Beavers venture to (6/7) Minnesota Duluth for WCHA bouts
WCHA Series, Game 14 and Game 15
Location: Duluth, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena)
Date & Time: Nov. 19, 3:07 p.m.
Nov. 20, 3:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr. D 15 Marlee Wheelhouse
R-Jr., F 10 Emily Erickson
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist

Last Week for the Beavers

• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team set the school record with 72 shots on goal as they scored over 10 goals for the first time since tallying 15 goals against Wayne State University Dec. 4, 1999 in an 11-0 win over Lindenwood University. The 11 goals serves as BSU’s second-best scoring performance in school history. The Beavers had eight players score goals in the game. Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) led the squad with one goal and five assists.

Quick Take - Minnesota Duluth
• The University of Minnesota Duluth enters the weekend with a 4-5-1 record and are currently ranked 6/7 in the polls heading into their series against the Beavers. The five-time NCAA Division I National Champions have faced a tough schedule so far this year as they have had four series against opponents ranked in the top 10 nationally. UMD currently has wins over ranked foes Boston College, University of North Dakota and University of Minnesota.

Looking For Win No. 2
The Beavers picked up their first-ever win over University of Minnesota Duluth last season in a 1-0 victory at Sanford Center. BSU is on a quest for win No. 2 and possibly win No. 3 over the Bulldogs as they head to AMSOIL Arena for the series this weekend.

The Rookies
BSU had three players score their first carer goals last Thursday against Lindenwood University as Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba), Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) and Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) each tallied their first career goals in BSU’s 11-0 win over the Lady Lions.

And The Points Keep Coming
BSU has had two players tie the school record for most points in a single game this season as Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, MInn.) have each tallied six points in a game. Vichorek notched two goals and four assists in a 8-1 win over St. Cloud State University while Lundquist tallied a goal and five assists versus Lindenwood University. Vichorek’s mark also set the school record for points in a game by a defenseman. Lundquist’s five assists set the school record for assists in a game.

Taking The Next Step

• With the program’s start this season the Beavers appear to be taking the next step in building BSU into a nationally respected program. This can be evidenced in the strides made by several players this season. Seven Beaver skaters have already established career-bests for points in a season and BSU is only 13 games into the season. These players are; Molly Arola (4 points), Tess Dusik (7 points), Sadie Lundquist (22 points), Emily McKnight (3 points), Mackenzie Thurston (6 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (13 points) and Abby Williams (6 points).

Hard Work Pays Off
• After nearly two-and-a-half years with the program third-string goaltender Jessica Havel (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) finally saw her first career action in the third period against Lindenwood University. Havel notched 10 saves in the third period for the Beavers.

Tally Your Votes
• After falling out of the poll following a loss to Minnesota State, BSU is still treceiving votes in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Beavers have either received votes or been ranked in both polls since their victory over No. 10 Providence College Oct. 1.

Well Isn’t That Special
• The BSU power play is currently ranked third in the nation with 18 goals on 54 attempts while their penalty kill is ranked sixth in the country only allowing four power-play goals this year. Combined, BSU’s special teams are fifth in the nation. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D,  Crookston, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) have each tallied four power-play goals this season to lead the Beavers and rank tied for sixth in the nation in power-play goals. BSU’s 18 power-play goals already matches their total from last season.

Chart Toppers
• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. Sadie Lundquist currently ranks amoung the top assist leaders in the country (5). The Beavers have three players ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (3), Erika Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse (T5).In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for save percentage (7) and shutouts (6). Marlee Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for sixth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for second for game-winning goals with three while Abby Williams is in a tie for eighth with two. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for scoring offense (8), scoring defense (7), scoring margin (9), power play (3), penalty kill (5), combined special teams (5) and team winning percentage (9).

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) is the career wins leader with 33 victories as the BSU netminder. The senior needs 15 games appeared in, 482 minutes played and 272 saves to surpass the career marks for those categories.

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

Minutes Played
6075: 02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5593:18 Zuzana Tomcikova

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

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2803    Zuzana Tomcikova

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.

Moving Forward
• The Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 46 of 134 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 15 goals and tallied 31 assists this season led by Vichorek’s five goals and 10 assists.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season goals accounting for 49 goals in 13 games. BSU’s 11 goals against Lindenwood marked their highest scoring output since tallying 15 goals versus Wayne State University in 1999.

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 Oct. 29. 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.

Saturday Night Special
• BSU is only 2-2-2 in Friday games but has been successful avenging Friday results as they currently boast a 5-1-0 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.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 8-3-2 start in the first 13 games is the best start Bemidji State has ever had. The start marks the first time the Beavers has ever had over six wins in the first 13 games. BSU had six wins in the first 13 games during the 1999-00 season and last season.

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.

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.

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

10. Caesare Stimson 67
-    Montana Vichorek 61
-     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 37
- Emily Erickson 31
- Erika Wheelhouse 30

Points by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 87
2. Montana Vichorek 60
3. Marlee Wheelhouse 33
4. Erika Wheelhouse 33

Goals by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 35
2. Montana Vichorek 15
3. Jenny Schnickel 12
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 8

Assists by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 52
2. Montana Vichorek 46
3. Erika Wheelhouse 30
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 27

Consecutive Games Played
7. Franny Dorr 124
T8. Marlee Wheelhouse 122
T8. Montana Vichorek 122

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 five 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. Kelly tallied the game-winning goal against Minnesota State Saturday. She is currently third on the team in goals.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in 11 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. She tallied her first career goal against Lindenwood Nov. 10.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has appeared in 10 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. Tallied an assist against Lindenwood.
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. Kostenko notched two goals and two assists in BSU’s 11-0 win over Lindenwood.
Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) tallied two goals and an assist against Lindenwood. Wivoda now has two goals and two assists in her first season at BSU.
Alex Citrowske (Fr., F, Prior Lake, Minn.) played both games against Minnesota making her BSU debut as a member of the fourth line. She also played against Lindenwood.
Tegan Rose became the last freshman who is not redshirting this season to make an appearance for the Beavers. Rose played on the third-line defense against Lindenwood and tallied her first career assist.

Next Week For BSU
• Next week the Beavers will host the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in two games. BSU will hold a homecoming for the Wheelhouse sisters at the Crookston Sports Center Nov. 25 before returning home Saturday for the second game of the series at Sanford Center.

Tough Stretch
• The Bulldogs have had hard road to start the season as they have played series against four teams ranked among the top six teams nationally including No. 1 University of Wisconsin and  No. 2 University of Minnesota. UMD picked up splits with Boston College, University of North Dakota and Minnesota. The Bulldogs are currently ranked sixth and seventh in the two major polls despite only having a 5-4-1 mark.

Five-Time National Champs

• UMD has captured five NCAA DIvision I National Championships under Shannon Miller with their last title coming at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. UMD has also captured titles in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2008.

Sertich vs. Miller
• Shannon Miller has had Steve Sertich’s number thus far through the series between BSU and UMD. Miller is 21-1-1 against Sertich through five seasons of match-ups. UMD owns a 50-1-2 mark against the Beavers in the program’s history with BSU’s only win coming in a 1-0 victory last Nov. 5 at Sanford Center.