Beavers take on Lindenwood in US Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Beavers take on Lindenwood in US Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic
Bemidji State vs. Lindenwood

US Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic, Game 13

Location: Eveleth, Minn. (Eveleth Hippodrome)
Date & Time: Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 31 Alana McElhinney
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist
Jr., F 16 Mackenzie Thurston
Fr., F 18 Rachael Kelly

Last Week for the Beavers
• Bemidji State is coming off a split against Minnesota State last weekend as they struggled to score goals for the first time this season. After being upset Friday by the Mavericks with 17 seconds left in overtime, the Beavers rebounded with a 1-0 shutout over Minnesota State Saturday. Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) picked up her 33rd career victory in the win to tie Bre Dedrickson’s mark for most wins at BSU. The Beavers only two goals on the weekend came from Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) and Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.)

Quick Take - Lindenwood

• Lindenwood is in its first season of NCAA play as they transition from the club level where the Lions have won four National Championships since 2006. The Lions have struggled in their first year as they have faced NCAA Division I and Division III programs thus far this season. Lindenwood is led offensively by Alison Wickenheiser’s five goals and eight assists. In goal, Taylor Fairchild has seen the bulk of the time for the Lions allowing 91 goals in 12 games this year.

US Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic
• Thursday’s game serves as the US Hockey Hall of Fame Face-off Classic. Steve Sertich, a member of the 1976 US Olympic team and currently serves as the Vice President of the US Hockey Hall of Fame. The US Hockey Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1973. The Hall of Fame has 145 outstanding coaches, players, builders, administrators and two Olympic teams who have contributed to the success and promotion of American hockey. BSU played in the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game in 2008 against University of Wisconsin at the Eveleth Hippodrome.

And We All Return To Our Roots...
• Thursday will be a sort homecoming for several members of the BSU team and staff. The Iron Range is responsible for producing three staff members including head coach Steve Sertich, a Virginia-native. In addition, assistant coach Amber Fryklund and equipment manager Andrea Nichols both hail from Hibbing. The Beavers also have several team members from Northeast Minnesota; Molly Arola (Walker), Emily Erickson (Coleraine), Jessica Havel (Grand Rapids), Sadie Lundquist (Cloquet). Montana Vichorek (Moose Lake).

Remaining Neutral

BSU is 1-4 in regular-season games played at a neutral site. Thursday’s meeting with Lindenwood University at Eveleth is the first regular-season neutral site game for BSU since they last played in Eveleth against University of Wisconsin Oct. 18. The Beavers fell in the game 9-0. BSU also played neutral-site games against the Badgers in 1999 at Eau Claire, Wis. and at the Augsburg Tournament in 1998-99 season aqgainst Augsburg and St. Mary’s.

Tally Your Votes
After falling out of the poll following a loss to Minnesota State, BSU is still the top vote-getter in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Beavers have either received votes or been ranked in both polls since their victory over No. 10 Providence College Oct. 1.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) needs only one win to surpass Bre Dedrickson’s career record of 33 wins. She tied Dedrickson’s mark with her win Saturday over Minnesota State. Tomcikova needs 500 minutes played and 15 games appeared in to tie two Emily Brookshaw’s records. Tomcikova is also chasing Brookshaw for the career saves mark. The senior netminder needs 272 saves to surpass Brookshaw’s mark. Tomcikova is 5-3-2 with a 1.76 goals against average and 291 saves this season.

Games Appeared In
110 Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
95  Zuzana Tomcikova

Minutes Played
6075: 02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5593:18 Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Wins
33  Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)
33  Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2803    Zuzana Tomcikova

Lets Go Smurfin’
Steve Sertich chose to match-up his line of Abby Williams, Lauren Williams and Kristi King up against the daunting Minnesota line of Jen Schoullis, Sarah Erickson and Amanda Kessel Oct. 29. The line was tasked with the responsibility of serving as a defensive forward line and thus shutting down the Golden Gopher top unit. The trio did so holding Schoullis, Erickson and Kessel scoreless Saturday after the trio was responsible for all four goals in Minnesota’s 4-1 victory Friday. The line of A. Williams, L. Williams and King has been dubbed the “Smurf” line after the loveable short blue creatures from the 1980s animated series. All three players are under 5-4 in height and thus have a diminutive stature similar to the “Smurfs” thus garnering the nickname.

Well Isn’t That Special
• The BSU power play is currently ranked fifth in the nation with 14 goals on 47 attempts while their penalty kill is ranked fourth in the country only allowing four power-play goals this year. Combined, BSU’s special teams are ninth in the nation. Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D,  Crookston, Minn.), Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) have each tallied three power-play goals this season to lead the Beavers and rank tied for ninth in the nation in power-play goals.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 7-3-2 start in the first 12 games is the best start Bemidji State has ever had. The start marks the first time the Beavers has ever had over six wins in the first 12 games. BSU had six wins in the first 12 games during the 1999-00 season and last season.

Chart Toppers
• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. The Beavers have two players ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (8) and Erika Wheelhouse (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for save percentage (8) and shutouts (T5). Marlee Wheelhouse, Erika Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for ninth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for fsecond for game-winning goals with tthree. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for  scoring defense (T10), scoring margin (T10), power play (5) and penalty kill (4).

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season goals accounting for 38 goals in 12 games. BSU’s seven goals against Maine and eight goals versus St. Cloud State are their highest scoring performances since tallying eight goals against St. Cloud State Oct. 26, 2001. BSU has scored three or more goals in every game but their first game of the season.

Moving Forward
• The Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 37 of 102 points this season. Two players (Montana Vichorek, and Erika Wheelhouse) rank in the top 10 in the nation for defenseman scoring and are also among BSU’s top five scorers this season along with Marlee Wheelhouse. The BSU blue liners have scored 12 goals and tallied 25 assists this season led by Vichorek’s four goals and 10 assists.

Home Grown
• BSU has found success recruiting all over Minnesota and has delved into Canada for some talent but currently the Beavers’ five leading scorers all hail from Northern Minnesota. Montana Vichorek of Moose Lake and Sadie Lundquist of Cloquet are currently two of the teams leading scorers along with Coleraine-product Emily Erickson and Crookston-natives Marlee and Erika Wheelhouse have also been a huge part of the BSU scoring this season.

Top 10 Tracker
• In addition to Tomcikova, several other players are closing in on top 10 career marks.

10. Caesare Stimson 67
-    Montana Vichorek 60
-     Emily Erickson 59

10. Guylaine Hache 32
-    Emily Erickson 28

Power Play Goals
T7. Lisa Peters 10
T7. Caesare Stimson 10
T7. Guylaine Hache 10
10. Emily Erickson 9

8. Montana Vichorek 46
9. Kerri McEwen 45
10. Amy Shepler 39
- Sadie Lundquist 32
- Emily Erickson 31

Points by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 87
2. Montana Vichorek 60
3. Marlee Wheelhouse 33
4. Erika Wheelhouse 33

Goals by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 35
2. Montana Vichorek 14
3. Jenny Schnickel 12
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 8

Assists by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 52
2. Montana Vichorek 46
3. Erika Wheelhouse 28
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 25

Consecutive Games Played
7. Franny Dorr 124
T8. Guylaine Hache 121
T8. Marlee Wheelhouse 121
T8. Montana Vichorek 121

Newcomer Watch
• After losing much of its scoring following the 2010-11 season, the BSU women’s hockey team will look to several newcomers to full voids in their lines for the 2011-12 season.
Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) leads all newcomers with five goals and two assists. Kelly scored the first goal in BSU’s 2-1 victory over No. 2 Minnesota. Kelly was selected as the conference’s Newcomer of the Week for her performance. Kelly tallied the game-winning goal against Minnesota State Saturday. She is currently second on the team in goals.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in 11 games this season and tallied two vital assists against University of Maine Oct. 14. Huber added her third assist of the season on Kelly’s goal against Minnesota.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has appeared in 10 games on BSU’s blue line this season. Chapman notched her first career assist on a Lauren Williams goal in the third period of the Oct. 21 contest with St. Cloud State.
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) scored her first goal as a Beaver against Ohio State to put BSU ahead 4-3 in the Friday match-up with the Buckeyes.
Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) assisted on a Kimberly Lieder goal to help the Beavers to a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Providence.
Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) has one assist on the season. Her assist came on a Rachael Kelly goal Oct. 15 in BSU’s 7-0 victory over Maine.
Alex Citrowske (Fr., F, Prior Lake, Minn.) played both games against Minnesota making her BSU debut as a member of the fourth line.
Tegan Rose (Fr., D, Gibbons, Alberta) and Jenessa Philipczyk (Fr., F, Stillwater, Minn.) have yet to appear this season. Philipczyk intends to redshirt this season for the Beavers.

U.S. National Team Invite
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) was invited to participate in the USA Women’s Hockey National Festival which allowed her the chance to try out for the USA Women’s Hockey National Team. Vichorek was one of 79 players invited to participate in the camp.

Next Week For BSU
• Next week the Beavers will head to Duluth, Minn. for a pair of WCHA meetings with the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Division I transition
• The 2011-12 season marks a transitional year for Lindenwood University as they make the move from the American Collegiate Hockey Association, a collegiate club leage, to NCAA Division I. The Lions will join College Hockey American beginning in 2012-13 along with Penn State, Syracuse, Mercyhurst, Niagara and Robert Morris. Lindenwood captured four national titles (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010) in the ACHA.

First NCAA victory
• The Lions picked up their first-ever victory in the NCAA last week with a 7-1 victory over the College of Saint Benedict of NCAA Division III in St. Cloud, Minn. Alison Wickenheiser led the Lions in the game with one goal and two assists.

Under O’Mara

• Vince O’Mara has led Lindenwood for the last nine seasons at the club level boasting a 241-26-11 mark and four ACHA National Championships. O’Mara is 1-11 thus far in games against NCAA Division I and Division III foes during the 2011-12 season.