Beavers host No. 6 Fighting Sioux in post-Thanksgiving series
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Beavers host No. 6 Fighting Sioux in post-Thanksgiving series


(6) North Dakota at Bemidji State

WCHA Series, Game 16 and Game 17

Location: Crookston, Minn. (Wheelhouse Homecoming) (Fri.)
Sanford Center - Bemidji, Minn. (Sat.)
Date & Time: Nov. 25, 7:07 p.m.
Nov. 26, 7:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM (Fri)
Talk Radio 1360 KKBJ AM (Sat.)
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr. D 15 Marlee Wheelhouse
Sr. G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr. D 25 Montana Vichorek
Jr. D 14 Erika Wheelhouse

Last Week for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team picked up a split last weekend against No. 6/7 Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The Beavers’ 4-3 win Saturday marked the first time BSU has ever beat the historic UMD program on the road and only the second time they have ever beat the Bulldogs. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) led the charge for the Beavers with two goals and two assists on the weekend as she returned from injury. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) was also strong with two power-play goals and an assist.

Quick Take - North Dakota
• Brian Idalski has the Fighting Sioux rolling through the first half of the season as they currently boast a No. 6 ranking in both major polls and find itself in third place in the WCHA standings. North Dakota is led by one of the best lines in the country with the Lamoureux twins and newcomer Michelle Karvinen. In goal, UND will be back stopped by Stephanie Ney, who comes in with a 2.51 goals against average.

Coming Home
Marlee and Erika Wheelhouse will get the opportunity to play in front of the fans, friends and family who supported them through youth and high school hockey in Crookston this weekend as BSU plays the first of a two-game series at Crookston Sports Center in Crookston, MInn.

Tally Your Votes
• After falling out of the poll following a loss to Minnesota State, BSU is still treceiving votes 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. This makes it eight-consecutive weeks that BSU has received a vote or been ranked in both polls.

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold
• The Beaver players have their eyes set on avenging an overtime loss to North Dakota last season which ended BSU’s season in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. The loss is still fresh in the minds of last season’s players as they host the Fighting Sioux this weekend in the first match-up between the schools since the loss.

Belly Full of Turkey
• Bemidji State is 1-2-3 in games in the Steve Sertich era that have been played directly after Thanksgiving Day. Their only win following Thanksgiving came in Sertich’s first season over Vermont Nov. 25, 2006, however BSU has picked up ties with Vermont, Wisconsin and Ohio State following Thanksgiving.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 2-3-2 in the first game of series. However you do not want to catch the Beavers in the second game, or even moreso after they have suffered a loss. BSU is 6-1-0 in second games of series this season and 4-0-0 after suffering a loss.

Controlling Period No. 2 and 3
• BSU is winning games this season with their play in periods No. 2 and No. 3. The Beavers have outscored opponents 40-18 this season between the two periods. In Sunday’s win against UMD the Beavers four goals came in the second and third periods with three goals to stamp their 4-3 victory over No. 6 in the third period.

Against Ranked Foes
• Bemidji State has started the season 3-2-1 against ranked foes as they have wins against No. 2 Minnesota, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth and No. 10 Providence. BSU also tied No. 10 Providence.

Against Ranked Foes
• Bemidji State has started the season 3-2-1 against ranked foes as they have wins against No. 2 Minnesota, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth and No. 10 Providence. BSU also tied No. 10 Providence. The Beavers will get another chance at a ranked foe this weekend as they face No. 6 North Dakota.

And The Points Keep Coming
BSU has had two players tie the school record for most points in a single game this season as Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, MInn.) have each tallied six points in a game. Vichorek notched two goals and four assists in a 8-1 win over St. Cloud State University while Lundquist tallied a goal and five assists versus Lindenwood University. Vichorek’s mark also set the school record for points in a game by a defenseman. Lundquist’s five assists set the school record for assists in a game.

Taking The Next Step
• With the program’s start this season the Beavers appear to be taking the next step in building BSU into a nationally respected program. This can be evidenced in the strides made by several players this season. Nine Beaver skaters have already established career-bests for points in a season and BSU is only 15 games into the season. These players are; Molly Arola (4 points), Tess Dusik (7 points), Sadie Lundquist (23 points), Emily McKnight (3 points), Mackenzie Thurston (6 points), Montana Vichorek (18 points), Erika Wheelhouse (15 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (15 points) and Abby Williams (6 points).

Hard Work Pays Off
• After nearly two-and-a-half years with the program third-string goaltender Jessica Havel (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) finally saw her first career action in the third period against Lindenwood University. Havel notched 10 saves in the third period for the Beavers.

Well Isn’t That Special
• The BSU power play is currently ranked third in the nation with 21 goals on 63 attempts while their penalty kill is ranked seventh in the country only allowing six power-play goals this year. Combined, BSU’s special teams are seventh in the nation. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D,  Moose Lake, Minn.) and Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) have each tallied five power-play goals this season to lead the Beavers and rank tied for fourth in the nation in power-play goals. BSU’s 21 power-play goals leads the nation.

Chart Toppers
• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. The Beavers have three players ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (4), Erika Wheelhouse and Marlee Wheelhouse (T7). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for shutouts (T7). Montana Vichorek and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for fourth for power-play goals with five while Marlee Wheelhouse is tied for 10th. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for third for game-winning goals with three. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for scoring offense (10), scoring defense (10), scoring margin (10), power play (3), penalty kill (7) and combined special team (7).

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) is the career wins leader with 34 victories as the BSU netminder. The senior needs 13 games appeared in, 362 minutes played and 207 saves to surpass the career marks for those categories.

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

Minutes Played
6075: 02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5713:18 Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Wins
34  Zuzana Tomcikova
26  Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2868    Zuzana Tomcikova

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. Sadie Lundquist of Cloquet is currently BSU’s leading scorer with eight goals and 15 assists. Emily Erickson of Coleraine has chipped in eight goals and 11 assists. Defensemen Montana Vichorek of Moose Lake and Erika and Marlee Wheelhouse of Crookston round out BSU’s leading scorers this season.

Moving Forward
• The Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 53 of 146 points this season. Three players (Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse 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. The BSU blue liners have scored 18 goals and tallied 35 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven and 11 assists.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season goals accounting for 54 goals in 15 games. BSU’s 11 goals against Lindenwood marked their highest scoring output since tallying 15 goals versus Wayne State University in 1999.

Friendly Confines
• Bemidji State is 4-1-1 at Sanford Center this season including upset victories over No. 2 Minnesota and No. 10 Providence. BSU is 13-6-3 since opening Sanford Center Oct. 15 against Mercyhurst College. The Beavers have only been swept at Sanford Center once since moving into their new home and that was against No. 1 Wisconsin last season. The Badgers would go on to capture the NCAA Division I National Championship. BSU has had six victories over top 10 teams at Sanford Center including their first-ever win over a No. 1 opponent (Mercyhurst) and their first-ever win over No. 3 Minnesota Duluth.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 9-4-2 start in the first 15 games is the best start Bemidji State has ever had. The start marks the first time the Beavers has had nine wins through the first 15 games since the 1999-00 season. The Beavers were 9-6-0 that season in the first 15 contests.

Cleaning Up
• The Bemidji State Beavers have picked up two sweeps this season with two wins against University of Maine and two wins versus WCHA foe St. Cloud State University. The sweep of St. Cloud State was the first conference sweep of the season for BSU.

Comeback Kids
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team has shown time and time again this season that they are poised in the face of adversity. After mounting two comebacks against Ohio State University the week prior. BSU did it again as they came from behind in the waning minutes against Maine to come away with an overtime victory over the Black Bears, 3-2. BSU was down 2-1 with less than two minutes left when they pulled the goaltender in order to go on a six-on-four skater advantage via a power play. Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) quickly netted the puck tying the game and forcing an overtime where Tess Dusik (So., F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) tallied the game winner two minutes into the extra period. BSU again came back after going down 1-0 early last Sunday against Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers scored four goals in the final two periods to pick up their second-ever win over the No. 6 Bulldogs.

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

10. Caesare Stimson 67
-    Montana Vichorek 64
-     Emily Erickson 63

10. Guylaine Hache 32
-    Emily Erickson 30

Power Play Goals

5. Kerri McEwen 12
T6. Kate Robinson 11
T6. Montana Vichorek 11
T7. Lisa Peters 10
T7. Caesare Stimson 10
T7. Guylaine Hache 10
- Emily Erickson 9

T7. Alicia Kinsman 51
T7. Annie Bauerfeld 51
8. Montana Vichorek 47
9. Kerri McEwen 45
10. Amy Shepler 39
- Sadie Lundquist 37
- Emily Erickson 33
- Erika Wheelhouse 32

Points by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 87
2. Montana Vichorek 64
3. Marlee Wheelhouse 39
4. Erika Wheelhouse 37

Goals by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 35
2. Montana Vichorek 17
3. Jenny Schnickel 12
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 8

Assists by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 52
2. Montana Vichorek 47
3. Erika Wheelhouse 32
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 29

Consecutive Games Played

6. Jackie Robertson 132
T7. Franny Dorr 124
T7. Marlee Wheelhouse 124
T7. Montana Vichorek 124

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 third on the team in goals.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in 13 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. She tallied her first career goal against Lindenwood Nov. 10.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has appeared in 12 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. Tallied an assist against Lindenwood.
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. Kostenko notched two goals and two assists in BSU’s 11-0 win over Lindenwood.
Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) tallied two goals and an assist against Lindenwood. Wivoda now has two goals and two assists in her first season at BSU.
Alex Citrowske (Fr., F, Prior Lake, Minn.) played both games against Minnesota making her BSU debut as a member of the fourth line. She also played against Lindenwood.
Tegan Rose became the last freshman who is not redshirting this season to make an appearance for the Beavers. Rose played on the third-line defense against Lindenwood and tallied her first career assist.

Next Week For BSU
• BSU will have a week off before facing the defending National Champions and current No. 1 team in both polls, University of Wisconsin, Dec. 9 and 10 at Sanford Center.

Stop That Line
• North Dakota is led by arguably the nation’s top line with the trio of Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls and Michelle Karvinen. The line is responsible for 35 goals and 56 assists already this season. The Lamoureux sisters are ranked in the top 10 nationally for points per game and assists. Karvinen is ranked for third in the nation for points per game for rookie players.

A North Dakota-BSU connection
• BSU graduate assistant Casie Hanson competed as a member of the North Dakota women’s hockey team from 2005-09 where she spent her final two seasons under head coach Brian Idalski who she considers one of her biggest mentors in the coaching profession.

Familiar Foes
• North Dakota and Bemidji State met seven times last season with the Fighting Sioux winning the series 4-2-1. BSU picked up wins over North Dakota in November at Sanford Center in game two of the WCHA playoffs at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.