Up next for the Beavers
• After playing an exhibition series against the Minnesota Whitecaps, the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team returns to conference play as the Beavers host St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.
• The last time the two teams faced-off was in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs last season. In game one the Huskies shutout the Beavers 3-0, but BSU bounced back winning games two and three with scores of 2-1 and 4-1, respectively. Montana Vichorek scored the series-winning goal in game three, while picking up two assists in game two. Annie Bauerfeld had two goals in the series.
• BSU is 18-26-7 all-time against the Huskies, with the series going 3-3-1 last season.
Scouting St. Cloud State
• Despite the play of the Huskies’ senior goalie Ashley Nixon, St. Cloud State remained winless. Nixon stood on her head last Saturday, Oct. 23, in the National Hockey Center, backstopping the Huskies with a season high 52 saves in a 3-0 loss to the No. 7/8-ranked Minnesota Gophers.
• With the weekend series sweep, the Gophers improve to 5-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the WCHA while the Huskies fall to 0-7-0 and 0-4-0 in the league.
• Nixon was spectacular between the pipes, giving up only power-play scores to the Gophers. With the loss, Nixon falls to 0-5-0 in her senior season.
• The Gophers continue to dominate the all-time series with the Huskies, 43-3-2, dating back to Jan. 9, 1999.
• The Gophers blanked the St. Cloud State women’s hockey squad by a score of 5-0 last Friday night (Oct. 22) in the NHC. St. Cloud’s junior netminder Tayler VanDenakker stopped 31 of Minnesota’s 36 shots on the evening, falling to 0-2-0 on the young 2010-11 season.
• Before last Saturday’s game against the Gophers, the Huskies hosted their annual youth clinic and also the 5th Annual Alumni Game, all in part of Homecoming Weekend at St. Cloud State.
• St. Cloud State will now hit the road for three straight weekends, starting at Bemidji State University this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team played two exhibition contests over the weekend, facing off against the Minnesota Whitecaps.
• Friday’s game was held in Eveleth, Minn. as part of the USA Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Olympians Iya Gavrilova and Jenny Potter both scored to lift the Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory over the Beavers. Jamie Hatheway score the lone goal for the Beavers.
• Bouncing back the next day, the Beavers claimed a 5-1 victory over the Whitecaps in the Bemidji Regional Event Center. The Whitecaps opened the scoring, netting a goal on their first shot, but Beaver tender Zuzana Tomcikova clamped down stopping the next 25 shots on goal. Emily Erickson netted a hat trick, while Erin Cody and MacKenzie Thurston netted the two other BSU goals.
• Two weeks ago, BSU christened its new home, the Bemidji Regional Events Center, with a daunting task of hosting No. 1 Mercyhurst.
• In the Oct. 15 contest the Beaver offense struggled and failed to get on the board as the Lakers blanked BSU 4-0 in the first game to be played the new building. Zuzana Tomcikova was in net for the Beavers and made a total of 26 saves in the 60 minutes of work.
• Three of the four goals scored by the Lakers in the first game were scored on special teams plays; two came on the power play, while one was scored with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty.
• Even though the Lakers were the No. 1 team in the nation, the Beavers weren’t going to allow themselves to be to get swept in the opening weekend of their new home. Following up the next day, Bemidji State stunned the hockey community beating Mercyhurst 5-3.
• The offensive problems the Beavers had in Friday’s game seemed to be a distant memory as BSU jumped out on fire netting the first four goals of the game.
• With the Beaver offense firing on all cylinders, the real story line, however, belonged to goaltender Alana McElhinney (Jr., Calgary, Alberta) who recorded a career-high 56 saves in the contest. Picking up her first win of the season in style, McElhinney denied Mercyhurt’s captain and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Megan Agosta, from scoring a goal. She also set the school record for most saves in a win.
• The line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson scored all five goals for the Beavers in the game and accounted for five of the six assists in the game. The trio also combined for five blocked shots.
• The first goal of the game at the 8:24 mark of the first period ended a 77 minute scoring drought.
• The win was BSU’s first-ever over a No. 1 team.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 126 saves so far in just three appearances this season.
• She started the season off on the right foot picking up the team’s first win in a 3-0 shutout victory over Wayne State University on Oct. 1. She turned away 27 shots in the contest, including 12 in the third period, to record her ninth-career shutout.
• For her efforts in the Oct. 1 game, she was honored as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 6. Winning her eighth-career weekly honor, Tomcikova has now won more player of the weeks than any other Bemidji State women’s hockey player. The previous mark was set at seven by former goaltender Emily Brookshaw.
• After a stellar freshman campaign the Beaver goaltender made an even better sophomore debut gathering 795 saves on 848 shots. In her second year she recorded a .938 save percentage while recording a 2.06 goals against average.
• Tomcikova returned from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where she played in all five games for the Slovakian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team. In those five games she faced 235 shots on goal, more than any other goaltender, male or female, in the 2010 Winter Games.
• She was also named to the 2009-10 and 2008-09 All-WCHA Second Team, which was the highest individual award won by a BSU women’s hockey player.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored nine of the 11 goals this year, three a piece, and have tallied 10 of the 16 assists so far.
• The trio has accounted for 19 of the 27 total points on the season.
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 98 shots on the season.
• The 56 saves made by Alana McElhinney on Oct. 16 against Mercyhurst were the most saves made by a BSU tender in a win. Of the 56 saves, 23 were made in the third period.
• The Beavers ended Mercyhurst’s 36-game regular-season winning streak when BSU defeated the top ranked Lakers on Oct. 16 by a score of 5-2.
• BSU has five freshmen this year: Tess Dusik (For., Oak Bluff, Manitoba), Allie Duellman (Def., Maplewood, Minn.), Alex Ehlert (Def., Portage, Wis.), Emily McKnight (For., Roland, Manitoba), and Danielle Williams (Def., Waconia, Minn.).
• Ehlert recorded the first point of the five on Oct. 2 recording an assist on the second Beaver goal of the game against Wayne State.
• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 59. Second is Minnesota State with 51.
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, 2010 at St. Cloud State. Past tenders on the score sheet include Jill Luebke (2A), Janet Hicks (1A) and Bre Dedrickson (1A).
• 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.