Playoff hockey begins
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Playoff hockey begins

Series against St. Cloud State
• This weekend features the first-ever match-up between Bemidji State and St. Cloud State in post-season play. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. each night beginning on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, with a third game scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28, if necessary.
• In the regular season match-up against St. Cloud State, the Beavers went 1-2-1-0 against the Huskies. The two team split the weekend series in Bemidji with BSU winning the first game 1-0 before dropping the second 5-2. The series in St. Cloud saw the Huskies walk away with four points winning the first game 3-2. On the second night the two sides tied 3-3, but the Huskies walked away with the shoot-out win.
• Five BSU players have recorded points against the Huskies so far this season which includes: Annie Bauerfeld (2G, 2A), Franny Dorr (1G, 3A), Erin Cody (3G, 2A), Sadie Lundquist (2G, 1A), and Alana McElhinney (0G, 1A).
• Lundquist netted the game-winning goal in the Nov. 13, 2009 game, while Bauerfeld netted the game-tying goal in the Jan. 30, 2010 game. Bauerfeld’s goal came in the last 24 seconds of the game.

Scouting St. Cloud State
• For the first time in school history, St. Cloud State University has finished in third place in the WCHA regular season standings. This is the first year of the league’s existence that another team besides Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth or Wisconsin has cracked the top three in the WCHA.
• The Huskies charted three points in the weekend series at Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, with a 3-2 win last Friday and a 4-4 overtime tie on Saturday (0-1 shootout loss) to wrap up regular season action.
• Felicia Nelson is almost averaging a goal a game in 2009-10. Her 30 goals in 31 games played average out to 0.97 goals per game. Her 30 goals are also a new school record for most goals scored in a season and her 0.97 goals-per-game average is also the best gpg average in school history. She has at least one point in last 17-of-21 games played, dating back to Nov. 21, 2009. During that 21-game stretch, F. Nelson has totaled 37 points (1.76 ppg), including 26 goals scored.
• Roberts’ 45 points (18g, 27a) rank third in the league and 8th in the nation. The St. Cloud native’s 18 goals tie a personal season best as she accomplished that feat back in 2006-07 (18g, 17a) during her rookie stint. Her 45 points however are a personal season/career high.

Last Time Out
• Last time out BSU loss both games on the weekend to the then-No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth.
• In Friday’s contest the Bulldogs jumped out to an early one-goal lead, but the Beavers were able to respond back netting a power-play goal behind Annie Bauerfeld. Bemidji State took the lead in the second period when Erin Cody scored her 18th goal of the season. However, that would be the last lead the Beavers would have all weekend. Four unanswered goals by the Bulldogs clinched a 5-2 victory for UMD.
• Saturday’s game featured less scoring, but none for Bemidji State as Minnesota Duluth blanked the Beavers 3-0.
• Tender Alana McElhinney made 47 saves on the weekend.

She’s On Fire!
• Erin Cody has been averaging just under 1.00 goal/game and 1.05 points/game in her last 18 games. In those games she has netted 14 goals and tallied five helpers.
• She has tallied two-thirds of her season goals in the past 18 games.
• In those past 16 games she has recorded 19 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; 1 goal and 1 assist at St. Cloud State on Jan. 29; 1 goal at St. Cloud State on Jan. 30; 1 goal at Wisconsin on Feb. 7; 1 goal and 1 assist on Feb. 19 vs Minnesota Duluth).

Tremendous Trio
• Erin Cody (18G, 11A), Erin Johnson (10G, 5A), and Annie Bauerfeld (7G, 16A) 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 ten 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.

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 704 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 Contributions
• Erika Wheelhouse is leading all freshmen at BSU in scoring with 13 points (0G, 13A).
• In second place among freshmen with nine points is Sadie Lundquist (2G, 7A). MacKenzie Thurston has two goals while Keirstin Visser  has three goals on the season.
• Jamie Hatheway recorded her first goal on Feb. 6 at the outdoor game against the Badgers in Madison, Wis.

Clutch in Overtime
• Bemidji State is currently unbeaten in games that enter into overtime (1-0-7).

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 36. Minnesota State has the second-most with 27.

Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers have 17 players who have recorded points so far this season.
• The 17 players have combined to score 151 points for BSU.

Squeaky clean
• While playing in every game so far this season, senior captain Franny Dorr has only earned five trips to the penalty box.
• Dorr is fourth on the team in scoring, with fourth goals and ten assists.
• In 133 games, she has only compiled 36 penalties for 73 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.

Helper from the crease
• Alana McElhinney became the fourth goalie in BSU women’s hockey history to record a point when notching an assist on Jan. 29 at St. Cloud State. Past tenders on the score sheet include Jill Luebke (2A), Janet Hicks (1A) and Bre Dedrickson (1A).

Breakin’ Records
• Bemidji State took part in the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Class outdoor game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Feb. 6, 2010. The game broke the single-game attendance record for a NCAA women’s hockey game, drawing 8,263 fans. The previous record was set at 6,889 on Jan. 8, 2010 between Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire in an outdoor game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.

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.