Beavers start 2010 with home weekend against Minnesota State
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Series against Minnesota State
• Kicking off the new year, the Beavers play host to Minnesota State on Jan. 8-9, finishing out the series between the two teams.
• BSU is currently on a four-game unbeaten streak against the Mavericks.
• Minnesota State holds a slight advantage in the series going 20-16-8 against Bemidji State. Last time out against the Mavericks, the Beavers picked up four points winning a shootout on Nov. 6, after scoring with one second left in the game to force the overtime period, and then picking up the final two points winning the next night 3-1. 
• Between the two sides, games that go into overtime have ended in a tie eight out of nine times.
• Both Bemidji State and Minnesota State have entered in the most rounds of shoot-out competition than any other WCHA team so far this season.
• The most goals the Beavers have scored on the Mavericks was six on Oct. 25, 2002. The most goals allowed against the Mavericks was 12 on Feb., 26, 1999.
• Annie Bauerfeld and Erin Cody each have six goals against the Mavericks in their careers. Cody put up five of those six in last year’s campaign. Cody also has six assists against the Mavericks as well.

Scouting Minnesota State
• The Mavericks opened 2010 by participating in St. Cloud State’s Easton Holiday Showcase with games against #1 Mercyhurst College and Providence College.
• The Mavericks started their weekend off facing the Mercyhurst Lakers on Saturday and after a early 2-0 lead, the Lakers pulled away to a 8-2 win.
• Minnesota State wrapped up St. Cloud State’s Easton Holiday Showcase with a non-conference loss to the Providence Friars, 2-0. The Mavericks and the Friars each finished the non-conference battle with 31 shots. Maverick goalie Alli Altmann earned 29 saves in the game.
• Senior forward Ashley Young currently leads the team in points with 14, five goals and nine assists.
• Sophomore forward Emmi Leinonen sits second with 13 points, (8-5--13) and Lauren Smith third with 12 (3-9--12.
• The Mavericks are currently 12-88 on the power play giving them a .136 success rate, and 23-112 on penalty kills.

Last Time Out
• Last time out BSU picked up two points in Duluth tying the Bulldogs 2-2 before winning the shoot out 1-0.
• On Dec. 12 the Beavers ended the second period against UMD tied 1-1, with both goals coming in the first period. Erin Cody scored her ninth goal of the season at the end of the first period. However, a third period rush by the Bulldogs would end any hopes of a Beaver upset. UMD went on to score three even-strength goals in the third to secure the win 4-1.
• On Dec. 13 the Bulldogs would again net the first goal of the game, giving UMD a 1-0 lead after one period of play. In the second period BSU had a potent special teams contribution as Erin Cody, Erin Johnson, and Annie Bauerfeld teamed up to give BSU a 2-1 lead. Cody scored her tenth goal of the season, Johnson her ninth, and Bauerfeld tallied her ninth and tenth assists on the season.
• For the weekend Zuzana Tomcikova stopped 82 shots on goal while also turning away all three shooters from UMD in Dec. 13’s shootout.

• Erin Cody enters the weekend having scored one or more goal in each of the last four games. In those past four games she has scored six goals (2 at North Dakota on Dec. 5; 2 vs. North Dakota on Dec. 6; 1 at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 12; 1 at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 13).
• The streak is her second goal-scoring streak and third point streak of the season.

Tremendous Trio
• Erin Cody (10G, 8A), Erin Johnson (9G, 5A), and Annie Bauerfeld (3G, 10A) have accounted for 48 percent of the offensive production so far this season for the Beavers.
• Six of Johnson’s goals have come on the power play.
• Five of the six game-winning goals have come from the trio, three from Johnson (Oct. 30 vs. Wayne State, Nov. 7 vs. Minnesota State, & Dec. 5 vs. North Dakota), 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 498 saves on 534 shots. She currently has a .933 save percentage on the season while recording a 2.24 goals against average.
• She is currently ranked tenth in the country for save percentage (.933) and fifth in the country for saves (498).
• 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.
• Robertson’s physical game makes it tough for opposing players to beat her on the rush. Her intimidating style of play helps bog down opposing breakouts and creates turnovers for the Beavers.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the BSU defense has blocked 381 shots so far this season; including 51 blocked shots in the weekend against Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 12-13).
• 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.

Freshmen Helpers
• Sadie Lundquist leads all freshmen in points scoring with nine (2G, 7A).
• Erika Wheelhouse is second on the list with seven assists so far this season, which leads all defenders.

Clutch in Overtime
• Bemidji State is currently unbeaten in games that enter into overtime (1-0-3).

Shootout Veterans
• BSU has won all three 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 second in the league for having competed in the most rounds of a shootout with 20. Minnesota State has the most with 24.

Sharing the Wealth
• The Beavers have 15 players who have recorded points so far this season.
• The 15 players have combined to score 93 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 fifth on the team in scoring, with three goals and two assists.
• In 119 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.