Beavers to host heavy-weights No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Beavers to host heavy-weights No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers

No. 1 Wisconsin (24-2-2; 18-2-2-2 WCHA)
Bemidji State (12-11-3; 10-9-3-2 WCHA)

Bemidji, Minn. (Sanford Center)
Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
                      Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
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Up next for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns home to host No. 1 University of Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at the Sanford Center.
• The Beavers played then-No. 5 Wisconsin to open conference play over the Oct. 8-10 weekend in Madison, Wis. Over that weekend the Badgers claimed a sweep, winning the first game 7-1 and the second 2-0.
• Annie Bauerfeld was the lone Beaver score, claiming the first goal on the weekend. However, the Badgers went on to score the next nine goals in the series. Montana Vichorek and Erin Cody tallied the assists on the play.
• Overall the Beavers are 3-41-2 against the Badgers. Last season the Beavers claimed two victories over Wisconsin downing them 1-0 in Coleraine, Minn. and 2-0 in Madison, Wisc.
• With Zuzana Tomcikova still in Turkey participating in the World University Games, Alana McElhinney will be called upon to make both starts in net against the Badgers. McElhinney is familiar with Wisconsin as she played both games in the Madison series last year, while Tomcikova was in Vancouver with the Winter Olympics. She turned away 36 shots to claim her first career shutout in the 2-0 win on Feb. 7.

Scouting Wisconsin
• Wisconsin is 43-3-2 all-time against Bemidji State. Most recently, the Badgers swept BSU at the Kohl Center in their second series of the season (Oct. 8-10). UW earned a 7-1 win and capped the series with a 2-0 shutout victory. Last season, the Wisconsin and Bemidji State split two series, 2-2-0. The Badgers’ last road series with BSU saw UW fall 1-0 in Coleraine, Minn., before posting a 3-1 win over the Beavers in Bemidji.
• Wisconsin skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 4 Minnesota on Friday before securing a 3-1 win over the Gophers in Saturday’s Fill the Bowl game at the Kohl Center. The Badgers earned their second-straight shootout win, taking Friday’s shootout 3-1 over the Gophers to gain an extra point in the WCHA standings.
• Saturday night, Wisconsin set a new NCAA women’s hockey attendance record with 10,668 fans at the Kohl Center. UW’s Fill the Bowl crowd of nearly 11,000 fans broke the previous NCAA attendance record of 8,263, which the Badgers set at last year’s outdoor Camp Randall Hockey Classic.
• On the weekend, senior Meghan Duggan led the Badgers with three points on one goal and two assists, extending her program-record point streak to 24 games. In addition, Brianna Decker is also on a record-long point streak; her 19-game streak is tied for the third-longest in UW history.
• In addition to Duggan and Decker, two other Badgers are currently riding multi-game point streaks. Hilary Knight is on a 12-game streak, and Mallory Deluce has a three-game streak going.
• Decker scored the shootout-winning goal in Friday’s game before tallying her ninth game-winning goal of the season on Saturday to break the UW program record for most game-winning goals in a single season.
• With a 1-0-1 mark on the weekend, freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby moved to 17-1-2 on the year, combining for 50 saves in the two games. Rigsby is unbeaten in her last 11 games at 9-0-2.
• Wisconsin also extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games at 12-0-2. Last weekend’s series also extends UW’s department-wide unbeaten streak in the Kohl Center, as the men’s and women’s basketball and hockey teams have not lost at home in 25-straight games.
• Duggan and Knight are both closing in on the 100-goal mark. Knight needs just one tally to hit 100 career goals, while Duggan is close behind with 93 career goals.
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team dropped both games over the weekend to No. 6 Minnesota Duluth at the new AIMSOIL Arena, by scores of 4-3 and 5-3.
• The Beavers opened the scoring in both games, as Erin Cody recorded her 100th-career point scoring an unassisted goal at the 3:04 mark of the first period. Cody then went on to notch her second hat trick of the season, scoring two goals in the second period to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period. Unfortunately the Bulldogs claimed the go-ahead goal at the 4:03 mark of the period and held on to the one-goal lead to claim its 49th program victory over the Beavers. Montana Vichorek picked up two assists in the second period and Marlee Wheelhouse and Erin Johnson each had one. Alana McElhinney made 31 saves in her fourth start of the season.
• The next night Kimberly Lieder scored her first goal of the season to open the scoring at the 1:33 mark of the first period. She received the puck off a draw from MacKenzie Thurston in the UMD zone. Just over a minute later, however, the Bulldogs answered back with a goal of their own. Just like the night before, UMD went on to claim a 3-1 lead in the second period. In the third the two teams traded goals and BSU was on the short end of the transaction and ended up losing 5-3. Molly Arola scored her first collegiate goal on the power play and Erin Johnson scored at the 13:06 mark. Tess Dusik, Marlee Wheelhouse, and Annie Bauerfeld all tallied assists on the two goals.
• Bemidji State successfully killed eight of nine penalties on the weekend. UMD’s power-play goal on Friday night ended BSU’s penalty-kill streak at 29.

Si Señoritas

• Bemidji State is sixth in the nation for senior class scoring with 62 points. BSU’s seniors, Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld, have combined for 28 goals and 34 assists, averaging 2.38 points per game.

Power Line
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 36 of the 54 goals this year and have tallied 32 of the 91 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 17 goals and 14 assists, while Erickson has 13 goals and nine assists. Lundquist has six goals and nine assists.
• The trio has accounted for 68 of the 145 total points on the season.

Slovakian Sensation
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 525 saves so far this season. In 21 games she has recorded a .929 save percentage and a 1.99 goals against average.
• Turning away 22 shots on goal, she recorded her 13th career shutout denying the Minnesota State Mavericks on Jan. 21.
• 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
• So far this new year Annie Bauerfeld has had a hand 11 of the last 21 goals scored by the Beavers. Since the new year she has scored four goals and assisted on seven.
• Erin Johnson has also helped in 11 of those past 21 goals, scoring four and assisting on seven. She has recorded at least one point in each of the past eight games this new year.

Isn’t That Special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team is ranked first with a 90.7 percent penalty kill. Spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota, the Beavers have successfully killed 35 of the last 36 penalties.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked sixth on the power play having scored 14 goals on 78 opportunities (17.9 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.
• Setting a record in style, Cody eclipsed the century mark for career points by recording a hat trick against then-No. 6 Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 28. She surpassed Kelly Hart (100) on the all-time points list at BSU and now sits 20 points behind 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 448 shots on the season.

• 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. She later picked up her first-career assist against Minnesota State on Jan. 22.
• 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. Assisting on Arola’s first collegiate goal on Jan. 29 against then-No.6 UMD, Dusik picked up her third assist. She now leads the five in scoring with three points on the season.

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.

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.

National Pride
• Over the summer Montana Vichorek was named to 2010 U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team and participated in both the 2010 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival and the 2010 Under-22 Series.
• During the winter break Erin Cody was selected to participate in the 2010 USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp, where she trained along side U.S. Olympians such as Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter, and also 13 current WCHA players.