Beavers head down Highway 2 for series against No. 6 North Dakota
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Beavers head down Highway 2 for series against No. 6 North Dakota


Bemidji State (14-12-3; 8-12-1 WCHA) at
(6) North Dakota (16-9-2; 12-8-2 WCHA)

Feb. 3, 7:07 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.)
Feb. 4, 7:07 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.)
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Players to Watch:
Sr., F 22 Lauren Williams (Eagan, Minn.)
Fr., F 11 Whitney Wivoda (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Last Time Out for the Beavers
• Bemidji State skated with the best team in the nation last weekend as they lost by a combined two goals to the Badgers. Friday, the Beavers came back from a 2-0 deficit against Wisconsin to send the game to overtime using goals from Whitney Wivoda and Erika Wheelhouse. Saturday, BSU held a blank sheet on the Badgers for 54 minutes until a Hilary Knight goal late in the third lifted Wisconsin to a win.

Quick Take - North Dakota
• The University of North Dakota is coming off a split with Ohio State University. UND is led by two of the most potent players in the country in sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. North Dakota and Bemidji State split earlier this season with games in Crookston, Minn. and Bemidji. The Beavers and UND have historically played close series including last year’s playoff series in Grand Forks which UND won on a late goal in the third game of the series.

Comeback Kids
• Bemidji State staged several comebacks earlier in the season and went back to its roots the last two weekends 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. Then again last Friday, as BSU crawled back after being down 2-2 to force an overtime with No. 1 Wisconsin with late goals from E. Wheelhouse and Whitney Wivoda. The Badgers won the game in overtime on a Madison Packer goal.

Skating With The Best
• Though BSU is 0-3-1 in the last four games, the Beavers are playing perhaps their best hockey the last two weekends. The Beavers played alongside the two best of teams in the nation (Wisconsin and Minnesota), with each of their three losses coming by only one goal. The Beavers held Wisconsin scoreless for 54 minutes Saturday before Hilary Knight finally found the net with six minutes left in the contest.

It Was History In The Making
• Bemidji State played in front of the largest crowd in NCAA Division I women’s hockey history as Wisconsin’s “Fill the Bowl” promotion brought an NCAA record 12,402 fans into the stands Saturday night to watch what turned out to be a great game.

Potent Line
• The trio of Whitney Wivoda, Mackenzie Thurston and Kristin Huber, who make up BSU’s second line in the last few weeks, as well as a major part of their second power-play unit, has been partially responsible for four goals in the last four games.  

Slovakian Sensation

Zuzana Tomcikova has now set every major career goaltender record for Bemidji State as she is now the all-time leader in saves, wins, games played, minutes played, shutouts, goals against average and saves percentage. Tomcikova is also moving her way up in the NCAA record books. The senior is currently slotted fifth all-time in saves in Division I history with 3,311. Tomcikova needs 95 saves to surpass Allison Rutledge of Niagara in fourth place. Tomcikova has played stellar hockey of late tallying 162 saves in four games against the two best teams in the nation (Wisconsin and Minnesota).

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 a 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.

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 (23 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.

Against Ranked Foes
• BSU is 4-8-2 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.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 3-9-2 (1-8-1 WCHA) in the first game of series. The Beavers have lost the last eight first games they have played. However you do not want to catch the Beavers in the second game, or even moreso after they have suffered a loss. BSU is 10-3-1 in second games of series this season and 7-2-1 after suffering a loss.

More Power
• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 30 goals on 119 attempts. Sadie Lundquist (Sr., D,  Moose Lake, Minn.) is tied for ninth 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 (7) , Marlee Wheelhouse (T10) and Erika Wheelhouse (T10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for for save percentage (T9). Sadie Lundquist is ranked in a tie for ninth for power-play goals. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for power play (5).

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. BSU again went to overtime against Minnesota and suffered their first loss of the season in an overtime Oct. 28. The Beavers and Golden Gophers again went to overtime Jan. 21 with the team’s going to a shootout that Minnesota eventually won. The Beavers are 1-2-3 this season in overtime. Their two other overtime games ended in shootout losses to Ohio State and Providence. Their last overtime game came last Friday against No. 1 Wisconsin with the Badgers winning one minute in on a Madison Packer goal.

Next Week For BSU
• BSU returns home for their final series at Sanford Center of the season as they host Minnesota Duluth for senior day.