Bemidji State heads to No. 1 Wisconsin for WCHA road series
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Bemidji State heads to No. 1 Wisconsin for WCHA road series
Bemidji State (14-10-3; 8-10-1 WCHA) at
(1) Wisconsin (22-2-2; 16-2-2 WCHA)

Jan. 27, 7:07 p.m. (Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.)
Jan. 28, 7:07 p.m. (Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.)
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Players to Watch:
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Fr., F 6 Kristin Huber (Kelowna, British Columbia)

Last Time Out for the Beavers

• Bemidji State showed that it can skate with the best in the nation last weeked as they played two great games against No. 2 University of Minnesota at Ridder Arena. The Beavers took an early 2-0 lead Friday but ultimately fell 3-2 to the Golden Gophers. The opposite happened Saturday as BSU was down 2-0 and came back to get a 3-3 tie with Minnesota.

Quick Take - Wisconsin
• The University of Wisconsin comes into the weekend ranked No. 1 in the nation. They are coming off two wins at home against University of Minnesota Duluth last weekend. Wisconsin is led by the trio of Brianna Decker, Brooke Ammerman and Hilary Knight, three of the nation’s best players. In net, Alex Rigsby comes in with a 1.53 goals against average. Wisconsin is the only team to sweep Bemidji State this season (Dec. 9 and 10).

Comeback Kids
• Bemidji State staged several comebacks earlier in the season and went back to its roots last Saturday as the Beavers came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie No. 2 Minnesota 2-2 early in the third period. After a third goal put Minnesota ahead 3-2 late in the third period BSU looked to be down and out until an Erika Wheelhouse goal with 49 seconds left tied the teams at 3-3 and sent the Beavers and Golden Gophers to overtime. Minnesota eventually won the shootout but BSU still received a point from the valiant effort.

In Good Company
• Only two teams have not lost to Minnesota this season on its home ice at Ridder Arena. Those two teams meet this weekend as Bemidji State and Wisconsin square off. The Beavers and Badgers both earned ties against the Golden Gophers this season in Minneapolis.

Fill The Bowl
• Saturday’s game against Wisconsin will serve as the Badger’s “Fill the Bowl” game at the Kohl Center. This year’s Fill the Bowl game will support Second Harvest Foodbank to help Madison area families in need. For every fan in attendance, Becker Law office will donate $1. Students and fans alike are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated as well. Tickets for general public fans are only $1. Last season the Badgers hosted 10,668 fans when they attempted to “Fill the Bowl”

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 is among the leaders in the nation for +/- at +14.

Helping from the Blue Line
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) became the school’s all-time leader is assists by a defenseman with a helper on Erika Wheelhouse’s goal with 49 seconds left Saturday against No. 2 Minnesota. The senior has 53 assists in her career. which surpasses Lisa Peters’ mark She is also approaching records for points by a defenseman (needs 17 points to tie) and assists (needs 17 assists to tie). Vichorek is currently tied for 9th for points with 70 in her career.

Leading Minnesotans
Sadie Lundquist currently leads all native Minnesotans in the WCHA in scoring with 29 points this season. BSU is currently led by five native Minnesotans in scoring with Emily Erickson (25 points), Montana Vichorek (24 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (23 points) and Erika Wheelhouse (22 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 recently set the mark for power-play goals in a season with her seventh netter against Minnesota last Saturday. In addition, Lundquist needs three assists to tie the season mark for assists and Vichorek needs three 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 4-6-2 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.

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 three games appeared in to break Emily Brookshaw’s record for most games appeared in.

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

Minutes Played
6353:57    Zuzana Tomcikova
6075: 02     Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)

Career Wins
38    Zuzana Tomcikova

26    Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)

Career Saves
3244    Zuzana Tomcikova

3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)


• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 3-8-2 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 10-2-1 in second games of series this season and 7-1-1 after suffering a loss.

More Power

• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 29 goals on 115 attempts. Sadie Lundquist (Sr., D,  Moose Lake, Minn.) is tied for eighth in the nation with six power-play goals.

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) , Marlee Wheelhouse (8) and Erika Wheelhouse (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for for 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 ends a tough road stand at No. 5 North Dakota