Beavers and Huskies battle in WCHA play
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Beavers and Huskies battle in WCHA play

Series against St. Cloud State
• In recent years the Huskies have had a lot of success going 9-1-2 against the Beavers.
• Earlier this season, the two teams split when Bemidji State hosted the weekend series on Nov. 13-14. The first game went the Beavers’ way with a 1-0 score. Sadie Lundquist netted her first-collegiate goal on a redirection form the point. The second game of the weekend was a high scoring affair ending with a 5-2 SCSU victory.
• The only current Beavers that have scored goals against the Huskies are Annie Bauerfeld (1G), Erin Johnson (3G), Nicole Rawlings (2G), Erin Cody (1G) and Sadie Lundquist (2G).

Scouting St. Cloud State
•  The Huskies (10-11-5, 7-10-3-2 WCHA) came from behind to upset the No. 7/9-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (14-9-3, 11-8-1-0 WCHA) by a score of 4-3 on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Kohl Center. The victory was the first SCSU win at the Kohl Center since Nov. 9, 2002.
• Wisconsin edged the Huskies 5-3 in the first game of the series on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Kohl.
• The Huskies continue to rank sixth in the league with 19 WCHA points in 20 games played. SCSU trails fifth-place Ohio State (20 points) and third-place teams Bemidji State (23 points) and Wisconsin (23 points).
• Team captain Felicia Nelson continued her scoring ways last weekend against the defending national champion Badgers. The St. Paul, Minn., native netted three goals, including two on the power-play, and dished out two helpers in the weekend series split. Her 22 goals this season continue to lead the nation at the Division 1 level, and her 11 power-play scores are also a nation best.
• Junior netminder Ashley Nixon backstopped the Huskies with 65 saves in the weekend series at Wisconsin. The Blaine, Minn., native stopped 34-of-37 Badgers shots in the 4-3 win on Saturday, Jan. 23, to lift the Huskies to the weekend series split. Nixon improved her season mark to 8-7-5 overall. She also has a .913 saves percentage.    
• Coach Jeff Giesen is 9-3-2 all-time against the Beavers.

Last Time Out
• Last time out BSU split the weekend with Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
• In Friday’s Jan. 22 game, the Buckeyes were led by freshman forward Hokey Langan who scored four goals against Bemidji State to down the Beavers 5-2. Erin Cody netted both goals for the Beavers, one being on the power play.
• Saturday’s Jan. 23 game was a different story with Zuzana Tomcikova stepping her game up, blanking the Buckeyes 1-0. Emily Erickson scored the lone goal of the game off a rebound in front of the net.  
• The win on Saturday helps keep Bemidji State ahead of Ohio State in the WCHA standings. Bemidji State currently holds a tie for third place with Wisconsin at 23 points. Ohio State is in fifth with 20 points.

She’s On Fire!
• Erin Cody has been averaging one goal/game and 1.33 points/game in her last 10 games. In those games she has netted 10 goals and tallied three helpers.
• She has tallied two-thirds of her season goals in the past 10 games.
• In those past 10 games she has recorded 13 points. (2 goals at North Dakota on Dec. 5; 2 goals vs. North Dakota on Dec. 6; 1 goal at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 12; 1goal and 1 assist at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 13; 1 assist vs Minnesota State on Jan. 9; 1 goal vs Minnesota State on Jan. 8; 1 goal vs Minnesota on Jan. 16; 2 goals at Ohio State on Jan. 22; 1 assist at Ohio State on Jan. 23).

Tremendous Trio
• Erin Cody (14G, 10A), Erin Johnson (10G, 5A), and Annie Bauerfeld (4G, 10A) have accounted for 45 percent of the offensive production so far this season for the Beavers.
• Six of Johnson’s goals have come on the power play.
• Six of the six game-winning goals have come from the trio, four from Johnson (Oct. 30 vs. Wayne State, Nov. 7 vs. Minnesota State, Dec. 5 vs. North Dakota, & Jan. 9 vs Minnesota State), one from Bauerfeld (Oct. 16 vs. Wisconsin), and one from Cody (Dec. 6 vs. North Dakota).
• On Dec. 9 Cody was recognized for her efforts in the series against North Dakota being named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. She scored four goals, including a game winner in OT, over the weekend against the Sioux.

Slovakian Sensation
• After a stellar freshman campaign Beaver goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova has made an even better sophomore debut this season gathering 708 saves on 752 shots. She currently has a .941 save percentage on the season while recording a 1.97 goals against average.
• She recorded her eighth-career shutout on Jan. 23 at Ohio State stopping 38 shots.
• In her seventh-career shutout Tomcikova made 37 saves, 30 of which came in the first two periods against Minnesota State at home on Jan. 9, 2009.
• Posting her sixth-career shutout, Tomcikova turned away 26 shots, including eight on the PK, to help lift the Beavers 3-0 over North Dakota.
• Stopping 28 shots on Nov. 13, 2009 against St. Cloud State at home, Tomcikova earned her fifth-career shutout and her second on the year.
• In the second shoot out of the season for the Beavers, Tomcikova stopped 11 of 13 shooters to help BSU claim the extra point from the shootout win against Minnesota State on Nov. 6, 2009.
• Her shutout against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, 2009 was the second time Bemidji State has recorded a shutout against the Badgers.
• She was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct.14-20. She now has a total of four defensive player of the week awards after garnering three in a row last year.
• Tomcikova will be playing for the Slovakian National Women’s Hockey Team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
• Her success on the ice last year didn’t go unnoticed as she was the first player in WCHA history to be honored with Defensive Player of the Week three times in a row (Dec. 10 - Jan. 7).
• She was also named to the 2008-09 All-WCHA Rookie Team and 2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team, which was the highest individual award won by a BSU women’s hockey player.

D-Line Express
• Jackie Robertson returns for her senior season as one of the team captains. Robertson anchors the blue line this season as the oldest and most experienced member of the D-line.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the BSU defense has blocked 524 shots so far this season; including 51 blocked shots in the weekend against Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 12-13) and 50 in the Jan. 15-16 weekend against Minnesota.
• Sisters and defensive linemates Erika Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse recorded a total of 32 blocks over the weekends against Wisconsin and Ohio State. Including a total of 15 blocked shots in the 1-0 shutout against the Badgers.
• Erika was recognized by the WCHA for her efforts in the Jan. 8-9 weekend against Minnesota State being named Rookie of the Week. Wheelhouse contributed two assists, blocked nine shots and helped Bemidji State blank the Mavericks on all nine of their power-play chances in the two-game series.

Freshmen Helpers
• Erika Wheelhouse is leading all freshmen in scoring with 11 points (0G, 11A).
• In second place among freshmen with nine points is Sadie Lundquist (2G, 7A). MacKenzie Thurston and Keirstin Visser  also have two goals each.

Clutch in Overtime
• Bemidji State is currently unbeaten in games that enter into overtime (1-0-6).

Shootout Veterans
• BSU has won three of the six shootouts that it has entered in the 2009-10 campaign lending to the success in the standings that the Beavers have experienced this season.
• Bemidji State is first in the league for having competed in the most rounds of a shootout with 33. Minnesota State has the second-most with 27.

Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers have 15 players who have recorded points so far this season.
• The 15 players have combined to score 119 points for BSU.

Squeaky clean
• While playing in every game so far this season, senior captain Franny Dorr has only earned two trips to the penalty box.
• Dorr is seventh on the team in scoring, with three goals and five assists.
• In 125 games, she has only compiled 31 penalties for 62 PIMs, roughly averaging one penalty in every four games.

Empty Box
• The Nov. 13, 2009 game against St. Cloud State was the first game BSU has ever gone 60 minutes without being called for a penalty.
• There was only one penalty called during the game and technically no player on the ice was assessed. The lone infraction was on St. Cloud State for too many players on the ice.