BSU begins tough road stint at No. 2 Minnesota
Thursday, January 19, 2012
BSU begins tough road stint at No. 2 Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. -

Bemidji State (14-9-2; 8-9-1 WCHA) at
(2) Minnesota (19-4-1; 13-4-1 WCHA)

Jan. 20, 6:07 p.m. (Ridder Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.)
Jan. 21, 4:07 p.m. (Ridder Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Players to Watch:
Sr., D 25 Montana Vichorek (Moose Lake, Minn.)
Fr., F 64 Natasha Kostenko (Fannystelle, Manitoba)

Bemidji State Women's Hockey Notebook
Sensational Senior Class
• The BSU senior class consisting of Kimberly Lieder, Alana McElhinney, Zuzana Tomcikova, Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Lauren Williams became the all-time winningest class in program history with last Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Ohio State University. The group has 46 wins in its four years which surpassed the 45 wins of the 2002-03 senior class which included current assistant coach Amber Fryklund.

Follow The Lieder
Kimberly Lieder hasn’t always showed up on the stat sheet this year but what she has down at the blue line has been just as important as defensive mates Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Erika Wheelhouse. Lieder has been a great defenseman and has been on ice for a lot of goals this season. The senior who rose from walk-on to top player currently leads the nation in plus/minus as she is currently +17 on the season.

Helping from the Blue Line
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) tied Lisa Peters’ mark of most assists by a defenseman last Saturday against Ohio State. The senior has 52 assists in her career. She is also approaching records for points by a defenseman (needs 18 points to tie) and assists (needs 15 assists to tie). Vichorek is currently tied for 10th with teammate Emily Erickson for points with 69 in her career.

Leading Minnesotans
Sadie Lundquist currently leads all native Minnesotans in the WCHA in scoring with 27 points this season. BSU is currently led by five native Minnesotans in scoring with Emily Erickson (25 points), Montana Vichorek (23 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (22 points) and Erika Wheelhouse (21 points) rounding out the Beavers’ top scorers.

Season Records
• In addition to a plethora of career records BSU is setting, members of the team have also been busy setting or inching closer to season records. Montana Vichorek and Erika Wheelhouse have already set the mark for assists by a defenseman in a season with 16 while Sadie Lundquist has tied the record for power-play goals with six. In addition, Lundquist needs four assists to tie the season mark for assists and Vichorek needs four points to tie the mark for points by a defenseman.

Falling out of the Polls

• After spending four straight weeks in the poll and five straight weeks in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll the Beavers fell out for the first time Jan. 16 after a split with Ohio State University at home. Bemidji State is still the top vote-getter in both polls. BSU has been ranked or received votes every week since the start of the season following a victory over then-No. 9 Providence College Oct. 1.

Against Ranked Foes
• BSU is 4-5-1 against ranked opponents this season. The Beavers have beaten No. 2 University of Minnesota, then-No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth, then-No. 6 University of North Dakota and then-No. 9 Providence College this season. BSU’s win against Minnesota Oct. 29 helped catapult them into the rankings for the first time in program history.

Erickson with the Goal
Emily Erickson leads the Beavers in goals this year with 13. The Coleraine-native is coming off a three-goal weekend against Ohio State. Erickson is among the top goal scorers in program history as she is currently tied for fifth in program history with 35 goals. Erickson has also recently broke into the top 10 for scoring with 69 points.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) has set BSU marks in wins, saves and minutes played this season. The Beaver netminder has only one major record left to set as she needs only five games appeared in to surpass Emily Brookshaw’s mark of 110 games appeared in.

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

Minutes Played
6231:00    Zuzana Tomcikova

6075: 02     Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)

Career Wins
38    Zuzana Tomcikova

26    Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)

Career Saves
3159    Zuzana Tomcikova

3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)

Not Getting Past
Zuzana Tomcikova set her career record for saves with 51 against Wisconsin Dec. 9.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 3-7-2 in the first game of series. However you do not want to catch the Beavers in the second game, or even moreso after they have suffered a loss. BSU is 10-2-0 in second games of series this season and 7-1-0 after suffering a loss.

It Was The Best First-Half Ever....
• BSU’s 12-7-2 first-half record is the best in program history. The 12 wins for the Beavers surpasses BSU’s previous best of nine wins before the turn of the calendar year accomplished in the program’s second season (1999-00).

More Power
• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 27 goals on 107 attempts. Sadie Lundquist (Sr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) is tied for eighth in the nation with six power-play goals.

Moving Forward
• The Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 75 of 213 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 22 goals and tallied 53 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven and 16 assists.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season accounting for 79 goals in 25 games. BSU’s 11 goals against Lindenwood marked their highest scoring output since tallying 15 goals versus Wayne State University in 1999.

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. 11 Beaver skaters have already established career-bests for points in a season and BSU is only 25 games into the season. These players are; Molly Arola (6 points), Tess Dusik (11 points), Kimberly Lieder (6 points), Sadie Lundquist (27 points), Emily McKnight (3 points), Mackenzie Thurston (11 points), Montana Vichorek (23 points), Erika Wheelhouse (22 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (21 points); Lauren Williams (6 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.

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 (T4) , Erika Wheelhouse (9) and Marlee Wheelhouse (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for shutouts (T9) and save percentage (T9). Sadie Lundquist is ranked in a tie for eighth for power-play goals. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for power play (4).

Next Week For BSU

• BSU continues a tough road stint as they head to No. 1 Wisconsin for a pair of WCHA games.