BSU returns home to host Minnesota State
Thursday, January 20, 2011
BSU returns home to host Minnesota State
Minnesota State (6-15-3; 5-12-1-0 WCHA)
Bemidji State (10-9-3; 8-7-3-2 WCHA) 

Location: Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
                      Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
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Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns home after three-straight weekends on the road to host Minnesota State.
• Earlier this season the Beavers took five out of six points from the Mavericks in Mankato over the Dec. 10-11 weekend in a series that saw two overtime games.
• In the first game of the weekend BSU came back after giving up the first goal of the game to claim an overtime victory. Montana Vichorek scored the game-winner just 56 seconds into the extra period.
• In the following game the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw after regulation and even after an overtime period no victor emerged. In the shootout, BSU’s Erin Cody and Emily Erickson helped lift the Beavers to gain the extra point for conference standings.
• Overall the Beavers are 18-20-10 all time against Minnesota State. In the past eight meetings between the two teams, BSU has gone undefeated with a 5-0-3 record.

Scouting Minnesota State
• The Mavericks (6-13-3 overall, 5-10-1-0 WCHA) were swept by Minnesota for the second time this season last weekend (Jan. 7-8).
• The Mavericks have not earned a victory since Nov. 13 at Ohio State and are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games.
• This past weekend, the Mavericks were outshot by Minnesota, 72-45 and outscored, 9-1. The Mavericks committed nine penalties for 18 minutes to Minnesota’s 11 penalties for 22 minutes.
• Junior forward Moria O’Connor tallied MSU’s only goal of the Jan. 7-8 weekend and was assisted by sophomore forward Lauren Smith.
• Junior goaltender Alli Altmann finished with 63 saves and nine goals allowed against Minnesota, with a .875 save percentage and a 4.50 GAA in her 120:00 minutes of play.  
• Freshman forward Kathleen Rogan leads the Mavericks in points this season with 10-7=17. Senior forward Nina Tikkinen sits second on the team with 5-7=12. Smith has tallied 11 points (3g, 8a) and O’Connor eight (5g, 3a). Three Mavericks have tallied six points: junior forward Emmi Leinonen (3-3=6), sophomore forward Lauren Zrust (3-3=6) and freshman forward Tracy McCann (3-3=6) are owners of six points. Two icers own five points on the year including junior blueliner Jackie Otto (5a) and rookie defenseman Nicole Germaine (1g, 4a).

Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team dropped two games to No. 8 North Dakota over the previous weekend. The Lamoureux twins combined for nine points on the weekend as the Beavers lost by scores of 5-2 and 6-2.
• The first game of the weekend was a physical one to say the least. There were a total of 34 penalty minutes in the game. The Sioux had a lightning fast first period as they scored four goals in the 20 minute span to put the game out of reach from BSU. Annie Bauerfeld scored a shorthander for the Beavers in the first period while Emily Erickson scored the final goal for BSU in the second period on the power play. Marlee Wheelhouse and Erin Johnson assisted on Bauerfeld’s goal, while Bauerfeld and Montana Vichorek assisted on Erickson’s.
• Following up the next night in Grand Forks, the Sioux scored two goals each period to down the Beavers 6-2. Annie Bauerfeld scored the first goal for the Beavers again, this time in the second period. In the waning minutes of the game BSU added a power-play goal from Erin Cody. Tess Dusik picked up her second collegiate point assisting on Bauerfeld’s goal, while Bauerfeld and Erin Johnson assisted on Cody’s goal.
• The Beaver’s special teams played well on the weekend, going 2-10 on the power play, while going a perfect 7-7 on the penalty kill.

Power Line
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 31 of the 43 goals this year and have tallied 31 of the 76 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 14 goals and 14 assists, while Erickson has 12 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has five goals and eight assists.
• The trio has accounted for 62 of the 119 total points on the season.

Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 480 saves so far this season. In 19 games she has recorded a .925 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average.
• On Dec. 3, Tomcikova turned away 29 shots and picked up her 12th career shutout blanking the then-No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
• Making a season-high 38 saves, Tomcikova picked up her 11th-career shutout on Nov. 5 as the Beavers defeated then-No.3 Minnesota Duluth 1-0.
• For her efforts in the Oct. 1 game against Wayne State University, 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.
New Year’s Resolution
• Since starting the new year off, Annie Bauerfeld has had a hand in eight of the ten goals scored by the Beavers. She has scored three of the ten while assisting on five others.
• Over the Jan. 15-16 weekend against No. 8 North Dakota, Bauerfeld had a hand in all four goals scored by BSU, scoring two herself.
• In St. Cloud against the Huskies, Bauerfeld scored one goal and tallied three assists on the weekend to help the Beavers sweep SCSU.

Isn’t That Special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team is ranked first with a 90.5 percent penalty kill. They haven’t allowed a power-play goal in 24-straight penalties, spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked third on the power play having scored 12 goals on 63 opportunities (19 percent).

• Erin Cody had a hand in 16 consecutive goals, spanning from Nov. 13 from to the second goal in the 5-3 win over then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16 to Nov. 13 against then-No. 8 North Dakota.
• After netting a natural hat trick and having a hand in every goal in a weekend sweep over St. Cloud State, Cody was recognized as WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3.
• Cody sits just 5 points shy of the 100 career-point mark. There have only been two players in BSU history to ecplipse the century mark: Kelly Hart (100) and Amber Fryklund (122).

Helpers from the crease
• Zuzana Tomcikova became the fifth goalie in BSU history to record a point after picking up an assist against North Dakota on Nov. 12. Picking up a second assist on No. 26 at Ohio State, Tomcikova is now tied all-time for most points recorded by a BSU goaltender.
• Alana McElhinney picked up her first collegiate point last season 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).

Defensive Devotion
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 378 shots on the season.

Wining Against The Best
• This season the Beavers have claimed four victories and two ties against nationally-ranked opponents.
• The 5-3 victory over then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16 was the first time Bemidji State has ever defeated a top ranked team.
• BSU ended an 11-year winless streak against Minnesota Duluth after defeating the then-No. 3 Bulldogs 1-0 on Nov. 5.
• Over the Nov. 12-13 weekend the Beavers picked up a 2-1 win over then-No. 8 North Dakota before tying 1-1 on the following night.
• The Beavers tied No.9/10 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 26.
• Over the Dec. weekend the Beavers picked up their third ever win over the Golden Gophers beating then-No. 7 Minnesota 2-0.

Brick Wall
• Zuzana Tomcikova set the school record for longest shutout sequence of 149:30 which started on Oct. 29 in the third period against St. Cloud State and ended on Nov. 6 in the second period against Minnesota Duluth.

Grand Larceny

• The 56 saves made by Alana McElhinney on Oct. 16 against then-No. 1 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 then No. 1 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.
• Duellman recorded the first goal of the five on No. 26 when she scored off a slap shot from the point against then-No. 9/10 Ohio State. She later recorded her first assist helping on the first goal of the game against Minnesota on Dec. 3.
• On the following night (Nov. 27) against Ohio State, Williams recorded her first collegiate goal, socring an unassisted goal in the second period.
• Dusik tallied her first point against St. Cloud State on Jan. 7, when she assisted on Annie Bauerfeld’s third period goal. On Jan. 16, Dusik picked up her second collegiate assist when she tallied a helped on Bauerfeld’s goal against North Dakota.

Shootout Veterans

• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 68. Second is Minnesota State with 60.