Special teams shine in 3-0 win
Saturday, December 5, 2009

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Special teams led the Bemidji State women’s hockey team Saturday night, winning 3-0 against North Dakota at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

BSU was perfect on special teams, going 2-2 on the power play and killing off all seven penalties.

“The special teams made the difference in the game,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “Both the penalty kill and power play were huge for us. On the power play we were able to set up in the zone and get good shots on net with good traffic in front of their goaltender.”

The trio of Erin Johnson (Jr., Farmington, Minn.), Annie Bauerfeld (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Erin Cody (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) scored six of the nine points for the Beavers. Cody led the way netting both power-play goals. Johnson had the game-winner and one assist, while Bauerfeld notched two assists on the first-two goals of the game.

Beaver goalie Zuzana Tomcikova (So., Bratislava, Slovakia) made 26 saves en route to her sixth-career shutout. Tomcikova was also helped out in front of the net as the BSU defense chipped in blocking 24 shots.

“Tomcikova had a really solid game,” Sertich said. “She made the saves she had to, but also I think our defense did a good job of blocking shots and clogging up the shooting lane.”

Tomcikova now has 389 saves on the season with a .933 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against average.

Johnson is the team leader in points with 12 (8G 4A). The tandem of Johnson, Cody (6G, 6A) and Bauerfeld (3G 8A) has combined to score 35 of the Beavers’ 76 points this season.

With an assist in the game, Erika Wheelhouse (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) is now second on the team with assists (7). She leads all freshmen and defensemen in points. The second leading freshman-scorer is MacKenzie Thurston (Ottawa, Ontario) with two goals and one assist. Thurston also tallied an assist in the game.

Montana Vichorek (So., Moose Lake, Minn.) recorded an assist on Johnson’s goal. Vichorek now has two goals and six assist this year.

With the win the Beavers move up to fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 12 points.

“It’s critical for us to get two more points tomorrow,” Sertich said. “We want to stay in striking distance of the top four while staying away from other teams.”

The Beavers will return to action tomorrow back in Bemidji as they play host to the Fighting Sioux finishing out the weekend series. The game is slated to begin at 7:07 p.m.