Tomcikova and Vichorek earn All-WCHA accolades
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tomcikova and Vichorek earn All-WCHA accolades

DULUTH, Minn. -  Bemidji State University women’s hockey players Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) were named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association all-conference teams this season as announced by the conference office at the WCHA FINAL FACEOFF Thursday night in Duluth, Minn. Tomcikova was selected All-WCHA First Team while Vichorek earned All-WCHA Third Team accolades. Tomcikova is the first player in program history to be named to the first team. In addition, 14 Bemidji State players were selected to the WCHA All-Academic team.

Tomcikova put a stamp on a stellar four-year career in her final season in between the pipes at Bemidji State as she surpassed 1,000 saves in a season for the second time in her career (1,006) while putting up a 2.23 goals against average and .932 save percentage. Tomcikova tied a career-best with 13 victories during the 2011-12 campaign while leading BSU to a program-best 17-win season. Included were four shutouts including blank sheets against ranked teams Providence College and University of Minnesota Duluth. The BSU netminder also held the nation’s top team, Wisconsin, to one goal in front of a NCAA record 12,402 fans Jan. 28 at Kohl Center. Tomcikova  ends her time in the “First City on the Mississippi” as the program’s leader in wins, games played, minutes played, saves, save percentage, shutouts and goals against average. In addition, Tomcikova ended her career ranked third all-time for saves, tied for 10th for save percentage and tied for ninth for shutouts. She is also is slotted second all-time in the WCHA for games played, minutes played and saves. The honor is the fourth for Tomcikova, who was selected to the second team in each of the previous three seasons, as well as being named WCHA Player of the Year as a sophomore. Tomcikova was also a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the nation's top Division I women's hockey player, twice in her career.

Vichorek put together one of the best seasons any BSU defenseman has produced as a senior. The Moose Lake native helped lead the Bemidji State power-play unit to a program-best 36 goals, which was ranked in the top 10 nationally for the entire season. Vichorek played the point on the power play this season and tallied six goals on the man advantage. She ended the season with 31 points (8g, 23a), the most points accounted for by a Bemidji State defenseman in a season. Her 23 assists were the most ever by a Beaver player in a season and the most ever by a BSU defenseman. She wrapped up her career ranked in the top 10 for career points (9th), career power-play goals (t-5th), assists (4th), points by a defenseman (2nd), goals by a defenseman (2nd) and assists by a defenseman (1st). The honor is the second of the career for Vichorek who was selected to the third team as a sophomore.

Bemidji State was also honored with 14 of its players making the WCHA All-Academic Team. Student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution, prior to the current academic year, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters. The honorees from BSU include: Molly Arola (Jr., Walker, Minn.), Allie Duellman (So., Maplewood, Minn.), Alex Ehlert (So., Portage, Wis.), Emily Erickson (R-Jr., Coleraine, Minn.), Sadie Lundquist (Jr., Cloquet, Minn.), Alana McElhinney (Sr., Calgary, Alberta), Emily McKnight (So., Carman, Manitoba), Tomcikova, Vichorek, Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., Crookston, Minn.), Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., Crookston, Minn.), Abby Williams (R-Jr., Alexandria, Minn.), Danielle Williams (So., Waconia, Minn.) and Lauren Williams (Sr., Eagan, Minn.).

WCHA Conference Awards

Player of the Year: Brianna Decker, Jr., F, University of Wisconsin

Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., F, University of North Dakota

Defensive Player of the Year: Stefanie McKeough, Jr., D, University of Wisconsin

Rookie of the Year: Michelle Karvinen, So., F, University of North Dakota

Coach of the Year: Mark Johnson, University of Wisconsin

Scoring Champion: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., F, University of North Dakota

Goaltending Champion: Alex Rigsby, So., G, University of Wisconsin

All-WCHA First Team

Hilary Knight, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin

Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., F, University of North Dakota

Brianna Decker, Jr., F, University of Wisconsin

Natalie Spooner, Sr., F, Ohio State University

Megan Bozek, Jr., D, University of Minnesota

Anne Schleper, Sr., D, University of Minnesota

Zuzana Tomcikova, Sr., G, Bemidji State University 

All-WCHA Second Team

Jen Schoullis, Sr., F, University of Minnesota

Amanda Kessel, So., F, University of Minnesota

Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Jr., D, University of North Dakota

Stefanie McKeough, Jr., D, University of Wisconsin

Alex Rigsby, So., G, University of Wisconsin

All-WCHA Third Team

Michelle Karvinen, So., F, University of North Dakota

Haley Irwin, Sr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth

Brooke Ammerman, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin

Montana Vichorek, Sr., D, Bemidji State University 

Jessica Wong, So., D, University of Minnesota Duluth

Noora Raty, Jr., G, University of Minnesota

All-WCHA Rookie Team

Michelle Karvinen, So., F, University of North Dakota

Jenna McParland, Fr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth

Josefine Jakobsen, Fr., F, University of North Dakota

Rachel Ramsey, Fr., F, University of Minnesota

Brigette Lacquette, Fr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth

Julie Friend, Fr., G, St. Cloud State University

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