Tomcikova garners defensive player of the week honor
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MADISON, Wis. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that Bemidji State University women’s hockey goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 11-17.

Tomcikova stopped 50 of 53 shots on goal for a .943 series saves percentage as Bemidji State University took four points from WCHA-rival and host Minnesota State, Mankato last weekend.

In the series opener last Friday (Nov. 6) she made 20 stops to help send the 2-2 game into an overtime shootout, stopped two of the first three shooters to set up a sudden death situation in overtime, and went to stop nine of the next 10 shooters to help the Beavers gain an extra point.

Then last Saturday (Nov. 7), Tomcikova made another 30 saves, including 15 in the second period, as Bemidji State won 3-1 over Minnesota State.

In addition to her 50 saves in the series, she also posted four shutout periods, including one in overtime. Of her three goals against, two were scored while Bemidji State was on the penalty kill.

On the 2009-10 season, Tomcikova owns a 2.24 goals-against average and .929 saves percentage over 482:23 of action along with a 3-4-1 record.

This is Tomcikova’s fifth WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award in her career and the second this season. Last year she garnered the award a WCHA-record three times in a row.

Offensive Player of the Week: Raelyn LaRocque, Sr., F, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Week: Zuzana Tomcikova, So., G, Bemidji State
Rookie of the Week: Audrey Cournoyer, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth

Up next for the Beavers is a two-home-game series against St. Cloud State. The games will be played on Friday Nov. 13 at 7:07 p.m. and on Saturday Oct. 14 at 2:07 p.m.