Beavers open 2012 at home against Minnesota State
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Beavers open 2012 at home against Minnesota State
WCHA Series, Game 22 and 23
Date & Time: Jan. 6, 7:07 p.m. (Sanford Center)
Jan. 7, 7:07 p.m. (Sanford Center)
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr., D 25 Montana Vichorek
R-Jr., F 10 Emily Erickson
Fr., F 64 Natasha Kostenko

Last Time Out for the Beavers
• Bemidji State is coming of its third sweep of the season as they picked up two wins over Robert Morris University last weekend. The wins end BSU’s nonconference slate as they went 6-0-1 in game outside the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In the absence of Montana Vichorek (Sr., Moose Lake, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) due to participating in the US Women’s Winter Training Camp, the Beavers turned to their freshman class. The BSU newcomers notched four out of six goals on the weekend led by Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) with two goals and an assist.

Quick Take - Minnesota State
• Minnesota State University is 6-14-0 (2-12-0 WCHA) entering the weekend. The Mavericks ended the first-half of the season with two losses to University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 16 and 17. Minnesota State’s two wins in the league have come against St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State. The Mavericks knocked the Beavers out of the polls after an overtime win at All Seasons Arena in Mankato Dec. 4.

Sensational Senior Class
• The BSU senior class consisting of Kimberly Lieder, Alana McElhinney, Zuzana Tomcikova, Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Lauren Williams needs only one win and two wins to tie the school record for career wins by a four-year class. The mark is currently at 45 wins held by the 2003 graduating class of Bre Dedrickson, Kerri McEwen, Amber Fryklund, Lisa Peters, Amy Shepler, Alicia Kinsman and Lili Raynard.

As Even As It Gets...
• Minnesota State and Bemidji State have always played competitive games on the ice, in fact, the series is really as it even as it gets as BSU and Minnesota State are even at 21-21-10 in the 13 seasons they have battled on the ice. Bemidji State owns the advantage of late as they have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two with the other three contests ending in a tie.

Poll Position
• The Beavers garnered their highest national rankings in program history earlier this season as they were picked No. 7 in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. BSU dropped following a sweep by No. 1 Wisconsin and again the Beavers find themselves ranked 8th in the poll and 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Beavers have now been ranked in the last three polls and the last four USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

Ringing In A New Year
• BSU is 7-4-2 in their first games to open a new year during their 13 seasons as a collegiate program. The Beavers defeated St. Cloud State University 3-1 to open 2011 last season.

Three Is The Magic Number
• When you see the number three on the scoreboard it is a good sign that BSU might pick up the win. The Beavers are 12-1-1 this season when scoring over three goals in a game. They are also 12-2-0 when they limit opponents to three or less goals this year.

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.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) is the career wins leader with 36 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 nine more games appeared in, 84 played and 43 saves to set the new BSU career marks in these categories.

Games Appeared In

110    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
102    Zuzana Tomcikova

Minutes Played
6075: 02     Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
5992:34    Zuzana Tomcikova

Career Wins
36    Zuzana Tomcikova

26    Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)

Career Saves
3075    Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)
3033    Zuzana Tomcikova

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 3-5-2 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 8-2-0 in second games of series this season and 5-1-0 after suffering a loss.

It Was The Best First-Half Ever....
• BSU’s 12-7-2 first-half record is the best in program history. The 12 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).

Cleaning Up

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

More Power

• The BSU power play is currently ranked fourth in the nation with 26 goals on 94 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.

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 18 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 66 of 180 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 21 goals and tallied 45 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven and 12 assists.

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 (T4) and Marlee Wheelhouse (9). 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).

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

10. Caesare Stimson 67
-     Emily Erickson 66
 -    Montana Vichorek 65

9. Kelly Hart 33
T10. Guylaine Hache 32
T10. Emily Erickson 32

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 48
9. Kerri McEwen 45
10. Sadie Lundquist 40
- Erika Wheelhouse 36
- Emily Erickson 34

Points by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 87
2. Montana Vichorek 65
3. Marlee Wheelhouse 43
4. Erika Wheelhouse 42

Goals by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 35
2. Montana Vichorek 17
3. Jenny Schnickel 12
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 11

Assists by a Defenseman
1. Lisa Peters 52
2. Montana Vichorek 48
3. Erika Wheelhouse 36
4. Marlee Wheelhouse 32

Consecutive Games Played
6. Jackie Robertson 132
7. Marlee Wheelhouse 130
8. Montana Vichorek 128

9. Franny Dorr 124

Next Week For BSU
• BSU will remain at home as they host the team currently one point ahead of them in the WHCA, Ohio State, Jan. 13 and 14 at Sanford Center.