Beavers host No. 9 UMD in home finale
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Beavers host No. 9 UMD in home finale
Bemidji State (14-14-3; 8-12-1 WCHA) at
(9) Minnesota Duluth (15-12-1; 12-11-1 WCHA)

Feb. 10, 2:07 p.m. (Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.)
Feb. 11, 2:07 p.m. (Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.)
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Players to Watch:
Sr., G 88 Zuzana Tomcikova
Sr. G 31 Alana McElhinney
Sr. D 29 Kimberly Lieder
Sr. D 25 Montana Vichorek
Sr. D 15 Marlee Wheelhouse
Sr. F 22 Lauren Williams

Last Time Out for the Beavers

• Bemidji State struggled last weekend at University of North Dakota as they fell 5-2 to 3-1 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Beavers had goals from Whitney Wivoda, Natasha Kostenko and Emily Erickson on the weekend. They will look to rebound from a four-game losing streak as they host UMD Friday and Saturday.

Quick Take - Minnesota Duluth
• The  University  of Minnesota Duluth is coming off a split with Ohio State University last weekend. They come into the series with BSU boasting a 15-12-1 (12-11-1 WCHA) record and are currently in fourth place in the conference standings. The Bulldogs are led by Haley Irwin (11-32=43) and Audrey Cournoyer (19-22=41) offensively. 

No Place Like Home
• BSU is 16-10-3 in two seasons at the Sanford Center. The Beavers have put up a 7-5-1 mark at the Sanford Center this season. They will play their final home games this weekend as they host University of Minnesota Duluth Friday and Saturday.

Potent Line
• The trio of Whitney Wivoda, Mackenzie Thurston and Kristin Huber, who make up BSU’s second line in the last few weeks, as well as a major part of their second power-play unit, has been partially responsible for six goals in the last six games.  

Zuzana Tomcikova has now set every major career goaltender record for Bemidji State as she is now the all-time leader in saves, wins, games played, minutes played, shutouts, goals against average and saves percentage. Tomcikova is also moving her way up in the NCAA record books. The senior is currently slotted fifth all-time in saves in Division I history with 3,365. Tomcikova needs 41 saves to surpass Allison Rutledge of Niagara in fourth place. Tomcikova also currently leads the NCAA and WCHA in saves this season with 853 saves.

Sensational Senior Class
• The BSU senior class consisting of Kimberly Lieder, Alana McElhinney, Zuzana Tomcikova, Montana Vichorek, Marlee Wheelhouse and Lauren Williams became the all-time winningest class in program history with a 5-3 victory over Ohio State University. The group has 46 wins in its four years which surpassed the 45 wins of the 2002-03 senior class which included current assistant coach Amber Fryklund. The senior class will play its final home game at Sanford Center this Saturday against UMD. The group of six has set numerous records. Tomcikova holds almost all the goaltending records while M. Wheelhouse, Vichorek and Lieder are ranked in the top 10 in the majority of BSU’s career categories for scoring by defensemen.

Comeback Kids
• Bemidji State staged several comebacks earlier in the season and went back to its roots the last two weekends as the Beavers came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie No. 2 Minnesota 2-2 early in the third period. . After a third goal put Minnesota ahead 3-2 late in the third period BSU looked to be down and out until an Erika Wheelhouse goal with 49 seconds left tied the teams at 3-3 and sent the Beavers and Golden Gophers to overtime. Minnesota eventually won the shootout but BSU still received a point from the valiant effort. Then again versus Wisconsin, as BSU crawled back after being down 2-2 to force an overtime with the Badgers with late goals from E. Wheelhouse and Whitney Wivoda. Wisconsin won the game in overtime on a Madison Packer goal.

Helping from the Blue Line

Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) became the school’s all-time leader is assists by a defenseman with a helper on Erika Wheelhouse’s goal with 49 seconds left Saturday against No. 2 Minnesota. The senior has 55 assists in her career. which surpasses Lisa Peters’ mark She is also approaching records for points by a defenseman (needs 15 points to tie) and assists (needs 15 assists to tie). Vichorek is currently in 9th for points with 72 in her career. Vichorek tallied two assists last weekend against UND.

Season Records
• In addition to a plethora of career records BSU is setting, members of the team have also been busy setting or inching closer to season records. Montana Vichorek and Erika Wheelhouse have already set the mark for assists by a defenseman in a season with 16 while Sadie Lundquist recently set the mark for power-play goals in a season with her seventh netter against Minnesota last Saturday. In addition, Lundquist needs three assists to tie the season mark for assists and Vichorek needs one point to tie the mark for points by a defenseman.

Against Ranked Foes
• BSU is 4-10-2 against ranked opponents this season. The Beavers have beaten No. 2 University of Minnesota, then-No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth, then-No. 6 University of North Dakota and then-No. 9 Providence College this season. BSU’s win against Minnesota Oct. 29 helped catapult them into the rankings for the first time in program history.

• Bemidji State has struggled in first games of series this season as they are only 3-11-2 (1-10-1 WCHA) in the first game of series. The Beavers have lost the last nine first games they have played. However you do not want to catch the Beavers in the second game, or even moreso after they have suffered a loss. BSU is 10-4-1 in second games of series this season and 7-3-1 after suffering a loss.

More Power
• The BSU power play is currently ranked seventh in the nation with 30 goals on 137 attempts.

Moving Forward
• The Bemidji State defense has done a great job of helping score goals this season. The Beaver defensemen have accounted for 83 of 236 points this season. Montana Vichorek ranks in the top 10 in the nation for defenseman scoring and is also among BSU’s top five scorers this season. The BSU blue liners have scored 25 goals and tallied 58 assists this season led by Vichorek’s seven goals and 19 assists.

Chart Toppers

• BSU currently has players in the top 10 in several categories nationally. The Beavers have one player ranked among the top 10 for points per game for defensemen; Montana Vichorek (7). In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova is ranked in the top 10 for for save percentage (T9). As a team the Beavers are in the top 10 for power play (7).

Next Week For BSU

• BSU plays its final regular season games on the road at St. Cloud State University Feb. 17 and 18