No. 8 Beavers wrap up 2011 against Robert Morris in Pittsburgh
Thursday, December 29, 2011
No. 8 Beavers wrap up 2011 against Robert Morris in Pittsburgh

Nonconference Series, Game 20 and 21
Date & Time: Dec. 30, 12:00 p.m. (Consol Energy Center)
Dec. 31, 4:15 p.m. (RMU Island Sports Center)
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist
Jr., D 14 Erika Wheelhouse
So., F 23 Kristi King

Last Time Out for the Beavers
• The Beavers have had the last 20 days off from game action during the holiday season. BSU last played Dec. 9 and 10 at home against the top ranked Badgers of University of Wisconsin. The Beavers were swept in the series marking the first home sweep for BSU since they were swept by the Badgers Feb. 4 and 5 at Sanford Center. The Beavers will look to get back on a winning track against Robert Morris University over the weekend.

Quick Take - Robert Morris

• The Robert Morris University Colonials currently find themselves boasting an 11-2-2 (1-0-1 CHA). The Colonials last played Dec. 9 and 10 as they picked up a win and a tie against a tie againt Syracuse University. Robert Morris is led by freshman forward Rebecca Vint’s 14 goals and 10 assists. In net, Kristen DiCiocco currently has a 1.59 goals against average while picking up nine victories. The Colonials are led by first-year head coach Paul Colontino who comes over after serving as the associate head coach at Mercyhurst College since 2006.

Where The Pros Play
• The Beavers will get a chance to play at a National Hockey League facility on Friday. BSU and Robert Morris will face-off at the CONSOL Energy Center, the home ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The state-of-the-art facility was opened in 2010 in the uptown area of Pittsburgh. Friday’s  game is part of the RMU Hockey Showcase at the arena. The women play in the afternoon prior to a men’s game between Robert Morris and Ohio State University at 7:35 p.m.

Poll Position
• The Beavers garnered their highest national rankings in program history prior to the Wisconsin series as they were picked No. 7 in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. The Beavers dropped to eighth in the poll and 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll following the sweep by No. 1 Wisconsin. The ranking marks the third 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.

Away From The WCHA
• The Beavers are 4-0-1 in nonconference games this season as they picked up a win and a tie against No. 10 Providence College, a sweep of University of Maine and win over Lindenwood University. The Beavers and Colonials have met in two previous series with BSU owning the edge 3-1-0 over Robert Morris. The two teams last met Jan. 2-3, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pa. with the Beavers winning both games (2-0, 3-1).

New Years Eve On Ice
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will play their final game of 2011 at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island at 4:15 CT against Robert Morris. The Beavers have only played on New Years Eve twice before as they lost to 6-1 in the program’s inaugural season in 1998 against St. Benedict and lost to Cornell in 2005.

Erickson and Vichorek Invited to USA Winter Training Camp
Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) are participating 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. The pair of Beavers will not be with BSU during the Robert Morris series due to their partaking in the event.

Erickson Breaks Into Top 10 For Goals

Emily Erickson’s goal against Wisconsin was her 32nd of her career catapulting her into the top 10 all-time for goals in a career. Erickson needs only one more point to break into the top 10 for points in a career. Montana Vichorek needs two more points to break into the top 10 for scoring.

Not Getting Past
Zuzana Tomcikova set her career record for saves with 51 against Wisconsin Dec. 9.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 2-5-2 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 7-2-0 in second games of series this season and 5-1-0 after suffering a loss.

More Power
• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 23 goals on 84 attempts. 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 eighth in the nation for power-play goals.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) is the career wins leader with 35 victories as the BSU netminder. The senior is inching closer and closer to several other records and is poised to break them in the coming weeks. Tomcikova needs only 10 more games appeared in, 144 minutes played and 61 saves to set the new BSU career marks in these categories.

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

Minutes Played
6075: 02     Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5932:34    Zuzana Tomcikova

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

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
3015    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 10 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 63 of 165 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 43 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven and 12 assists.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season goals accounting for 61 goals in 19 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 10-7-2 first-half record is the best in program history. The 10 wins for the Beavers surpasses BSU’s previous best of nine wins before the turn of the calendar year accomplished in the program’s second season (1999-00).

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 (5 points), Tess Dusik (7 points), Kimberly Lieder (4 points), Sadie Lundquist (25 points), Emily McKnight (3 points), Mackenzie Thurston (7 points), Montana Vichorek (19 points), Erika Wheelhouse (19 points), Marlee Wheelhouse (18 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 (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for shutouts (T9). Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Sadie Lundquist are ranked in a tie for eighth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for sixth for game-winning goals with three. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for power play (4).

Next Week For BSU
• BSU will return home to face Minnesota State University Jan. 6 and 7 at Sanford Center.