No. 7 Bemidji State hosts No. 1 Wisconsin in pivotal series
Thursday, December 8, 2011
No. 7 Bemidji State hosts No. 1 Wisconsin in pivotal series

BEMIDJI, Minn. -

WCHA Series, Game 18 and 19
Location: Sanford Center
Date & Time: Dec. 9, 2:07 p.m.
Dec. 10, 2:07 p.m.
Local Radio: The River 92.1 FM
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr., D 29 Kimberly Lieder
Jr., D 14 Erika Wheelhouse
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist

Last Week for the Beavers
• The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team is coming off a bye week last weekend. A week prior, the Beavers picked up a split against then-No. 6 University of North Dakota and lifted itself to its highest national rankings in program history. BSU comes into the weekend ranked No. 7 in both the poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Quick Take - Wisconsin
• The Wisconsin Badgers come into Bemidji with a 17-1-0 (11-0-0 WCHA) record as it currently find itself ranked No. 1 in the nation as they try to defend their National Championship from a season ago. The Badgers are led by three of the top five goal scorers in the conference (Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Brooke Ammerman). Wisconsin is outscoring opponents by a tune of over five goals a game to just over one goal per game. The Badger power play is responsible for 22 goals while it has only given up eight on the penalty kill this season.

Moving On Up
• The Beavers garnered their highest national rankings in program history this week as they were picked No. 7 in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. The ranking marks the second week in a row BSU has been picked in both polls. The Beavers have either received votes or been ranked in both polls since upending No. 10 Providence College Oct. 1.

Friendly Confines
• The Beavers are 14-6-3 on their home ice at the Sanford Center since beginning play at the new rink in October of 2010. BSU has picked up upsets over seven nationally ranked opponents during that period including victories over No. 1 Mercyhurst College and No. 2 University of Minnesota. BSU is 5-1-1 at the Sanford Center so far this season.

Against The Giants
• Bemidji State has struggled against No. 1 teams in the past but that possibly might be changing as they picked up their first-ever victory over a No. 1 ranked team last season in a 5-3 victory over Mercyhurst College. The Beavers are 1-20-1 all-time against No. 1 teams. Their tie came Nov. 9, 2002 against University of Minnesota.

Erickson and Vichorek Invited to USA Winter Training Camp
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) have been invited to participate in the USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp at the National Sports Center’s Schwan Super Rink from Dec. 26-31. Erickson and Vichorek were among 41 of the top women’s players in the nation selected to participate in the camp, which will serve as an evaulation and training session for the USA Women’s Hockey National Team.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 2-4-2 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 7-1-0 in second games of series this season and 5-0-0 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 42-25 this season between the two periods.

Well Isn’t That Special

• The BSU power play is currently ranked third in the nation with 23 goals on 75 attempts while their penalty kill is ranked 10th in the country only allowing nine power-play goals this year. Combined, BSU’s special teams are eighth in the nation. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D,  Moose Lake, Minn.), Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, 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 sixth in the nation in power-play goals.

Against Ranked Foes
• Bemidji State has started the season 4-3-1 against ranked foes as they have wins against No. 2 Minnesota, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, No. 6 North Dakota and No. 10 Providence. BSU also tied No. 10 Providence.

Wheelhouse Selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second time this season after notching a goal and three assists to help BSU to a split with No. 6 North Dakota. Wheelhouse also earned the honor after tallying six assists on the weekend against Ohio State University Oct. 7-8. The mark fell just one assist short of her season total from the 2010-11 campaign.

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. 10 Beaver skaters have already established career-bests for points in a season and BSU is only 17 games into the season. These players are; Molly Arola (4 points), Tess Dusik (7 points), Kimberly Lieder (4 points), Sadie Lundquist (25 points), Emily McKnight (3 points), Mackenzie Thurston (6 points), Montana Vichorek (19 points), Erika Wheelhouse (19 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (17 points) and Abby Williams (6 points).

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 and Erika Wheelhouse (T5) and Marlee Wheelhouse (T8). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked n the top 10 for save percentage (10). Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for sixth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for fifth for game-winning goals with three. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for scoring offense (9), scoring margin (10), power play (3), penalty kill (10) and combined special team (8).

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) is the career wins leader with 35 victories as the BSU netminder. The senior needs 11 games appeared in, 242 minutes played and 130 saves to surpass the career marks for those categories.

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

Minutes Played
6075: 02    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5833:01 Zuzana Tomcikova

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

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
2945    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 17 assists. Emily Erickson of Coleraine has chipped in nine goals and 12 assists. Defensemen Montana Vichorek of Moose Lake and Erika and Marlee Wheelhouse 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 62 of 160 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 20 goals and tallied 42 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 59 goals in 17 games. BSU’s 11 goals against Lindenwood marked their highest scoring output since tallying 15 goals versus Wayne State University in 1999.

It Was The Best Start Ever...
• BSU’s 10-5-2 start in the first 17 games is the best start Bemidji State has ever had. The start marks the first time the Beavers has had 10 wins through the first 17 games since the 1999-00 season. The Beavers were 10-6-1 that season in the first 17 contests.

Next Week For BSU
• BSU will have the next couple of weeks off before playing on the road at Robert Morris University Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

Defending National Champions

• The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to defend a National title in 2011-12 and are off to a great start thus far. The Badgers only loss so far came at the hands of No. 2 University of Minnesota as they are 17-1-0 so far.

Series History
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Bemidji State 43-3-2. BSU last defeated Wisconsin Feb. 7, 2010 in Madison, Wis. 2-0. The Beavers picked up two wins over the Badgers during that season. Bemidji State’s first-ever victory over Wisconsin came Dec. 9, 2001 in Madison.

Johnson vs. Sertich
• Mark Johnson leads the Steve Sertich 15-2-1 in games where Johnson was the head coach of Wisconsin and Sertich was the head coach of Bemidji State.