No. 9 Beavers host Ohio State in pivotal WCHA series
Thursday, January 12, 2012
No. 9 Beavers host Ohio State in pivotal WCHA series
WCHA Series, Game 24 and 25
Date & Time: Jan. 13, 7:07 p.m. (Sanford Center)
Jan. 14, 7:07 p.m. (Sanford Center)
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BSU Players to Watch
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr., D 15 Marlee Wheelhouse
Jr., F 17 Sadie Lundquist
So., F 59 Danielle Williams

Last Time Out for the Beavers
• Bemidji State picked up a split with Minnesota State last weekend at Sanford Center. The Mavericks defeated the Beavers 2-1 Friday night but BSU bounced back with a 4-0 shutout victory Saturday. The Beavers were led by Danielle Williams (So., F, Waconia, Minn.) with two goals and an assist in the win. Senior Zuzana Tomcikova (G, Bratislava, Slovakia) picked up her 17th shutout of her career while setting career marks in saves and minutes played in goal.

Quick Take - Ohio State
• Ohio State University comes into the weekend with a 10-8-4 (7-8-1 WCHA) record. The Buckeyes are led by the trio of Natalie Spooner (27 points), Laura McIntosh (21 points) and Ally Tarr (17 points). Ohio State split last weekend with St. Cloud State University as the Buckeyes picked up a 2-0 win Friday, but fell 4-3 Saturday.

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 to surpass the career wins mark by a four-year class. The group tied the mark with a 4-0 win over Minnesota State Jan. 7. The mark is currently shared at 45 wins held with the 2003 graduating class of Bre Dedrickson, Kerri McEwen, Amber Fryklund, Lisa Peters, Amy Shepler, Alicia Kinsman and Lili Raynard.

Pivotal Series
• This weekend’s match-up between Ohio State University and Bemidji State University is a pivotal one as it pits the fifth and sixth place teams in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings. The Buckeyes currently hold a one point advantage in the standings over the Beavers as both teams are vying to position themselves to host the first round of the WCHA playoffs. In the current format of the conference tournament, the top four teams host the bottom four teams in a first round best-of-three playoff series with the winner going on to the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. Currently only six points seperate the sixth-place team (Bemidji State) and the third-place team (University of North Dakota) making the outcome of this weekend’s series very important for the rest of the season.

Poll Position
• The Beavers have been a staple in the national polls this season. Bemidji State has been in the top 10 in the last four polls including a program-best No. 7 ranking Dec. 5. The Beavers have been in the last five USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Beavers are curently No. 9 in both polls after a disappointing split with Minnesota State University at Sanford Center last weekend.

Helping From The Blue Line

Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) needs only two assists to tie Lisa Peters’ mark for assists by a defenseman. Vichorek added two helpers in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Minnesota State. She has 50 assists in her career which is also good for eighth for all position players in BSU history. Vichorek has also recently found her way into the top 10 for scoring on BSU’s career list as she is currently tied with Caesare Stimson with 67 career points.

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 13-1-1 this season when scoring over three goals in a game. They are also 12-3-0 when they limit opponents to three or less goals this year.

Kelly Named WCHA Rookie of the Week...Again
Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.) garnered WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Jan. 11 for the second time this season. Kelly picked up the honor earlier this season after talling a vital goal in BSU’s upset of then-No. 2 University of Minnesota Oct. 9. Kelly was selected this week after notching two assists in the Beavers’ 4-0 win over Minnesota State.

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.

Z Watch
Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) has set BSU marks in wins, saves and minutes played this season. The Beaver netminder has only one major record left to set as she needs only seven games appeared in to surpass Emily Brookshaw’s mark of 110 games appeared in.

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

Minutes Played
6111:35 Zuzana Tomcikova

6075: 02 Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)

Career Wins
36 Zuzana Tomcikova

26 Bre Dedrickson (1999-03)

Career Saves
3096 Zuzana Tomcikova

3075 Emily Brookshaw (2004-08)

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 3-6-2 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 9-2-0 in second games of series this season and 6-1-0 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 27 goals on 103 attempts. Montana Vichorek (Sr., D,  Moose Lake, Minn.) is tied for fourth nationally with six power-play goals this season.

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 nine 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 71 of 195 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 22 goals and tallied 49 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven and 14 assists.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
• The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been a scoring machine this season accounting for 72 goals in 23 games. BSU’s 11 goals against Lindenwood marked their highest scoring output since tallying 15 goals versus Wayne State University in 1999.

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 (5),  Erika Wheelhouse (9) and Marlee Wheelhouse (10). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for shutouts (T8). Sadie Lundquist is ranked in a tie for fourth for power-play goals. Rachael Kelly ranks in a tie for seventh for game-winning goals with three. As a team for the Beavers are in the top 10 for power play (4).

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.) is the reigning WCHA Newcomer of the Week after tallying two assists against Minnesota State last Saturday. Kelly leads BSU rookies with five goals and nine points.
Kristin Huber (Fr., F, Kelowna, British Columbia) has appeared in 21 games this season. Huber scored BSU’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota State last Friday. Has three goals and four assists this season.
Kayleigh Chapman (Fr., D, Virden, Manitoba) has been a staple on the third defensive line appearing in 19 games. Chapman has tallied two assists with helpers versus North Dakota (Nov. 26) and St. Cloud State (Oct. 21)
Kristi King (So., F, Stillwater, Minn.) has two goals and an assist on the year after transferring from Maine. King’s goals came against Ohio State (Oct. 7) and Wisconsin (Dec. 10).
Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) has tallied four goals and four assists this season. Kostenko notched two goals and an assist in the series against Robert Morris Dec. 30 and 31.
Whitney Wivoda (Fr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska) has three goals and two assists in 21 games this season. Tallied two goals against Lindenwood (Nov. 10) and a goal versus Robert Morris last weekend.
Alex Citrowske (Fr., F, Prior Lake, Minn.) has only appeared in three games this season, seeing action against Minnesota and Lindenwood.
Tegan Rose (Fr., D, Gibbons, Alberta) has seen action twice this season as she played against Lindenwood and North Dakota. Rose had an assist against Lindenwood (Nov. 10).

Next Week For BSU
• BSU has a tough road ahead following this weekend’s home series against Ohio State. The Beavers will hit the road for back-to-back WCHA road series’ against No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 6 North Dakota beginning next weekend with No. 1 Minnesota.