Postseason WCHA awards handed out
Thursday, March 5, 2009
MADISON, Wisc. - Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) was named to the 2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team, the highest ever postseason conference honor given to a Bemidji State University women’s hockey player, and six other Beavers were named to the All-WCHA Academic Team, the league announced today.

Tomcikova finished the season with a 3.09 goals against average and a .917 saves percentage after playing in all but five games against some of the toughest competition in the nation. She saved 1,025 shots and was one of just three netminders in the entire country to notch quadruple-digit saves this season. Her 1805:29 on the ice was seventh in the nation, and she tied the school record for shutouts in a season with three.

In just her first year donning the green and white, Tomcikova finished in the top three in multiple BSU single-season records. These include shutouts (three, T-1st), saves (1,025, 2nd), saves percentage (.917, 2nd), games played (31, 3rd) and minutes played (1805:29, 3rd).

Tomcikova put together a string of three consecutive weeks being named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week at one point during the season, making her the first-ever WCHA player to earn the honor three weeks in a row. The only other Beaver to earn a spot on a postseason team was Emily Brookshaw, who was named to the All-WCHA Third Team last season.

Bemidji State University had six student-athletes, including both seniors and two of the three leadings scorers, named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. Earning WCHA All-Academic honors for the Beavers were: Annie Bauerfeld (So., W, Woodbury, Minn.); Erin Cody (So., W, Roseville, Minn.); **Brooke Collins (Sr., D, Pilot Mound, Manitoba); *Frances Dorr (Jr., C, Roseville, Minn.); **Monica Rawlings (Sr., C, Maplewood, Minn.); and Jackie Robertson (Jr., D, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). * designates repeat winners.

To earn a position on the WCHA All-Academic Team, each player must meet the following criteria: 1) Must have completed at least one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to current academic year; 2) Have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the two previous semesters or three quarters.

Other individual players awards were also announced today. Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight was named WCHA Player of the Year and Minnesota’s Melanie Gagnon earned the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year award. Minnesota’s Gigi Marvin was named the Turfer WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, Minnesota’s Monique Lamoureux was tabbed as the WCHA Rookie of the Year, and Minnesota’s Brad Frost and Wisconsin’s Mark Johnson shared the coach of the year honor. Lamoureux won the scoring title and Minnesota’s Alyssa Grogan was the goaltending champion.

2008-09 All-WCHA First Team
Forward: Hilary Knight, SO, Wisconin
Forward: Monique Lamoureux, FR, Minnesota
Forward: Jocelyne Lamoureux, FR, Minnesota
Defense: Melanie Gagnon, SR, Minnesota
Defense: Jocelyne Larocque, SR, Wisconsin
Goaltender: Jessie Vetter, JR, Wisconsin

2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team
Forward: Gigi Marvin, SR, Minnesota
Forward: Erika Lawler, SR, Wisconsin
Forward: lin Holmlov, JR, Minnesota Duluth
Defense: Rachel Drazan, SR, Minnesota
Defense: Anne Schleper, FR, Minnesota
Goaltender: Zuzana Tomcikova, FR, Bemidji State

2008-09 All-WCHA Third Team
Forward: Meghan Duggan, JR, Wisconsin
Forward: Haley Irwin, SO, Minnesota Duluth
Forward: Brooke Ammerman, FR, Wisconsin
Defense: Alycia Matthews, SR, Wisconsin
Defense: Jaime Rasmussen, JR, Minnesota Duluth
Goaltender: Kim Martin, JR, Minnesota Duluth

2008-09 All-WCHA Rookie Team
Forward: Monique Lamoureux, FR, Minnesota
Forward: Jocelyne Lamoureux, FR, Minnesota
Forward: Brooke Ammerman, FR, Wisconsin
Defense: Anne Schleper, FR, Minnesota
Defense: Brittany Haverstock, FR, Wisconsin
Goaltender: Zuzana Tomcikova, FR, Bemidji State

The conference head coaches, assistant coaches and sports information directors vote for WCHA award winners.

The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award was chosen solely by the head coaches, while the WCHA Student-Athlete of the year was selected by the institutional faculty representatives.

About Bemidji State University
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