#5 - Bemidji State (13-15-4; 11-13-4-2 WCHA)
#4 - No. 8 North Dakota (18-11-3; 16-10-2 WCHA)
Location: Grand Forks, N.D. (Purpur Arena)
Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at 7:07 p.m. (if necessary)
Video: Available at FightingSioux.com
Radio: The River 92.1 FM
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Up next for the Beavers
• After wrapping up the best conference finish in program history, the fifth-seeded Bemidji State University women’s hockey team will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. this weekend to take on the fourth-seeded University of North Dakota. The best-of-three series begins on Friday and game times are set for 7:37 p.m. on Friday and Saturday an 7:07 p.m. on Sunday, if necessary.
• This season the Beavers went 1-2-1 against the Sioux, going 1-0-1 at home taking five points from UND after winning a shootout. However, the two losses came as the Beavers were swept by the Sioux over the Jan. 15-16 weekend.
• Erin Cody, Emily Erickson, and Annie Bauerfeld each have scored two goals against the Sioux this season, both of Bauerfeld’s goals, including one scored shorthanded, came in the two losses.
• Over the Jan. 15-16 series, the Beavers struggled defensively and allowed a total of 11 goals in the two games, including four scored between Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls.
• The Beaver defense played well last weekend shutting down the 12th best offense in the nation as Ohio State entered the weekend averaging almost three goals a game. Bemidji State kept them to just one goal in each game. BSU’s defense will look to do the same as North Dakota enters the weekend with the nation’s ninth best offense, averaging 3.44 goals a game.
• North Dakota defense enters the weekend averaging 2.91 goals against a game. The Beavers should look back at last Friday’s game against Ohio State, as BSU’s snapped an offensive drought, scoring four goals and putting 44 shots on net.
Scouting North Dakota
• The No. 8 Fighting Sioux (18-11-3 overall, 16-10-2-0 WCHA) will be hosting the first round of WCHA playoffs for the first time in program history this weekend. UND will be making Cliff Purper Arena home as the Ralph Engelstad Arena is full with UND men’s hockey and the North Dakota high school state tournament.
• The Sioux will host Bemidji State and went 2-1-1 against the Beavers this season. The Sioux skated to a 2-1 loss and 1-1 tie in its first series in Bemidji, Minn. UND was without their top-two scorers in the series in Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls who were with USA Hockey. In both team’s first conference games after the New Year, the Sioux swept the series 5-1 and 6-1 in its home games. The first game was played in Roseau, Minn.
• Alyssa Wiebe leads the Sioux with six points off three goals and three assists against BSU this season. Holly Perkins, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Jocelyne Lamoureux each have two goals playing in only two of the four games. Junior Stephanie Ney is 2-0-1 in the regular-season series with a 1.62 goals-against average and an .943 save percentage.
• The Sioux outscored the Beavers 13-7 in the four games and had a team +39 plus/minus.
• In front of their second and third largest crowds ever, the Sioux fell short in the series opener to rival Minnesota 5-3 last Friday and rebounded on senior night with a 5-3 win last Saturday. The Sioux had a program record 6,043 fans scan in for the series. Special teams was on full display both nights as the Gophers converted three power-plays to help lead them on Friday and again twice on Saturday. After going 1-for-7 in the opener, the Sioux rebounded to convert three times in its win.
• Jocelyne Lamoureux scored a remarkable goal that has had over 8,000 hits on Youtube.com last Friday. On a breakaway, she entered the zone to the left and cut to the right near the faceoff circle. Nearing the crease Lamoureux did a 270-degree spin-o-rama move to get Minnesota netminder Noora Raty sliding to her left and slid the puck into the wide-open net.
• After Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period last Friday, the Sioux would pull to within one goal but a 5:00 major penalty doomed them as UM would score twice on the power-play to open a 5-2 lead. Last Saturday, it couldn’t have been scripted any better for the home team as UND’s lone senior Stephanie Roy scored the eventual game-winning goal in part of a Sioux four-goal third period on senior night. Minnesota again skated to a lead after the first period but this time the Sioux limited the Gophers to a 1-0 lead. Jocelyne Lamoureux would even the game in the second period and the Sioux would explode in the third period
Last time out
• The BSU women’s hockey team snapped a six game losing skid, downing the Ohio State Buckeyes in dramatic fashion, 4-1 on Feb. 18. The Beaver offense had struggled the previous weekend at Minnesota, but Erin Cody and Emily Erickson both registered a goal and an assist to help the Beavers pick up a school-record 11 conference wins in a season. Cody set a school record by becoming the first player to record multiple seasons of at least 20 goals. Bemidji State completely out-paced the Buckeyes from start to finish recording 44 shots on net, the most shots on net the Beavers have had in a game since Feb. 11, 2006. Of the 44 shots in the game, 17 came in the first period alone. BSU also had scoring from Abby Williams and Lauren Williams, with Abby recording the game winner a the 10:53 mark of the first period. Defenseman-turned-forward Marlee Wheelhouse, Annie Bauerfeld and Sadie Lundquist all recorded one assist. Zuzana Tomcikova made 20 saves en route to her 12th win of the season. The lone goal the Buckeyes scored in the game came as after a Beaver penalty expired, but before the binned player could return to action in time to even up the sides.
• The Feb. 19 game saw the Buckeyes respond to the 4-1 defeat as they jumped out of the gates looking to take control of the game early. Starting the game off the Beavers struggled at times to get offense going, but the defense didn’t falter shutting down Ohio State’s attempts. The Beavers would score their only goal of the game at the 7:30 mark of the first period on the power play. Montana Vichorek took a shot from the point that was stopped by OSU’s Steffese and Erin Cody got a shot off from the rebound, but Steffes came up with the second save. However, in making the reaction save, Steffes surrendered a second rebound and Emily Erickson was there to put it away for her 15th goal of the season. The Buckeyes would later score on a broken play in front of the BSU net at the 5:50 mark of the third period to even the score. The game would end in a tie and OSU would go on to win the shootout 1-0 in three rounds to take the extra conference standing point.
Meant to be broken
• The Beavers set two team records in the 4-1 win over Ohio State University on Feb. 18. The win marked the most conference wins in a single season (11) and the most home wins in a single season (9).
• Erin Cody became the first player in school history to record multiple seasons of scoring at least 20 goals. Scoring at the 9:20 mark of the third period on Feb. 18 against Ohio State, Cody netted her 20th goal of the season, marking back-to-back seasons to put up 20 goals.
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has secured a sole fifth-place finish in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the best in program history.
• Last season the Beavers finished tied for fifth in the WCHA, BSU has also finished fifth before in the WCHA, but never with an eight-team conference before.
Not in our house
• With the win and tie against Ohio State over the Feb.18-19 weekend, the Beavers set the school record for the best home record in a single season, going 9-5-2 (.652).
• The record surpasses the 1999-2000 season when that year’s squad finished with a 8-7-2 (.592) home record.
• Bemidji State is sixth in the nation for senior class scoring with 69 points. BSU’s seniors, Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld, have combined for 31 goals and 38 assists, averaging 2.16 points per game.
• The forward line of Erin Cody, Sadie Lundquist, and Emily Erickson has scored 37 of the 58 goals this year and have tallied 33 of the 95 assists so far.
• Cody leads the three with 20 goals and 17 assists, while Erickson has 15 goals and 10 assists. Lundquist has six goals and 11 assists.
• When playing together the trio has accounted for 69 of the 153 total points on the season.
• Over the Wisconsin series in Bemidji (Feb. 4-5) the trio did not play together due to Erickson’s injury. The three also did not play together on Feb. 12 at Minnesota and over the Feb. 18-19 weekend against Ohio State.
• Bratislava, Slovakia native Zuzana Tomcikova has made a total of 664 saves so far this season. In 23 games she has recorded a .934 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average.
• Tomcikova currently owns the school record for most wins in a single season (12), surpassing her last year’s mark of 10.
• 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 has scored four goals and assisted on eight.
• Erin Johnson has also scored four and assisted on seven. She had an eight-game scoring streak, recording at least one point in each of the eight games starting the new year.
Isn’t that special
• In WCHA games only, the women’s hockey team has the best penalty kill with a 90.4 percent efficiency. Spanning back to the Dec. 4 game against Minnesota, the Beavers have successfully killed 52 of the last 55 penalties.
• Also in conference games only, the Beavers are ranked sixth on the power play having scored 16 goals on 100 opportunities (16 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 14 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. She recorded her second assist on Feb. 5 when she helped set up a play behind the BSU net on the power play against No. 1 Wisconsin.
• Past tenders on the score sheet include Jill Luebke (2A), Janet Hicks (1A) and Bre Dedrickson (1A).
• Sacrificing their bodies, the members of the BSU defense have combined to block a total of 574 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.
• Since the WCHA introduced the shootout in the 2008-09 season, Bemidji State has competed in the most shootout rounds, with 71. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• This winter junior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova participated in the 2011 World University Winter Games held in Erzurum, Turkey. Making 134 saves in six games, posting a .912 save percentage, Tomcikova helped lead Slovakia to the Bronze Medal game where they defeated the United States 3-1.
#5 - Bemidji State (13-15-4; 11-13-4-2 WCHA)