BEMIDJI, Minn – Senior defenseman Montana Vichorek (Moose Lake, Minn.) posted a career-high six points (two goals, four assists) as the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team rolled to an 8-1 victory against St. Cloud State University in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest at Sanford Center. Vichorek’s six points ties a school record previously held by three individuals (Kerri McEwen, Alicia Kinsman and Amber Fryklund). The Beavers gained their first victory in WCHA play with Friday’s scoring showcase and improve to 4-1-2 (1-1-1-1 WCHA) on the season. St. Cloud State falls to 1-6-0 (0-5-0) on the year.
The eight goals marks the most goals BSU has scored since netting eight pucks Oct. 26, 2001 in a game that was also against the Huskies. The eight-goal performance comes on the heels of BSU’s seven-goal outing last Saturday versus University of Maine. The 15 goals in two games serves as BSU’s best consecutive-game scoring performance since Jan. 7 and 8, 2000 when the Beavers tallied nine goals and seven goals against Concordia College, Moorhead.
In addition to Vichorek’s six-point performance, Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) had a goal and three assists. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) added a goal and two assists. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) had a goal and three assists.
Lundquist lifted the lid on Friday’s onslaught when she found the net at the 6:53 mark in the first period off assists from Erickson and Vichorek. The goal was Lundquist’s third of the season. Vichorek picked up her sixth assist of the season while Erickson’s helper marked her third of the season.
BSU would score three goals in under five minutes during the second period to extend their lead to 4-0. Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) extended the Beaver advantage to 2-0 at the 14:35 mark. The goal was Kelly’s third of her freshman season. Vichorek picked up her seventh assist of the season on Kelly’s netter. Less than two minutes later, Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) put BSU ahead 3-0 when she scored her third goal of the year. Lundquist was credited with an assist on the goal, her fifth of the year. M. Wheelhouse capped the barrage just under three minutes later when she tallied her second goal of the season on a power play. The power-play score was the eighth of the season for the Beavers. Erickson had her fourth assist of the year while Vichorek tallied her eighth assist of the year on the goal.
BSU struck again 28 seconds into the third period as Erickson found the net for the sixth time this season off Vichorek’s fourth assist of the game and her ninth assist of the young season. M. Wheelhouse also had an assist on the goal, her third of the year.
St. Cloud State finally got on the board at the 2:05 mark of the third period when Sydney Burghardt put the puck past Bemidji State goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) to make the game 5-1.
The Beavers found the net again at the 9:49 mark in the third period with Vichorek’s first goal of the came on a power play after already tallying four assists prior to finding the net. The goal would be Vichorek’s third of the year. M. Wheelhouse notched her fourth assist of the season while Lundquist tallied her sixth assist of the season.
Vichorek again scored at the 13:32 mark on a power-play goal from Lundquist and M.Wheelhouse. The assist was Lundquist’s seventh of the year and M. Wheelhouse’s fifth of the season.
Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, Minn.) capped Bemidji State’s night in the 17th minute off assists from Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) and Abby Wiliams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.). The goal was L. Williams’ second of the season. Chapman secured her first point of her career with the helper while Williams tallied her fourth assist of the season.
With three power-play goals on the afternoon Bemidji State improves to 10-for-32 on the season when their opponents are in the sin bin. BSU was a perfect three-for-three on power plays for the game.
Tomcikova picked up her third win of the season with the 8-1 victory Friday night. Tomcikova needs only two more victories to tie Bre Dedrickson’s school record of 33 wins as a goaltender. The senior netminder tallied 21 saves on the night while only allowing one goal.
The Beavers will face the Huskies tomorrow at 2:07 in the series finale at Sanford Center.