Five power-play goals send BSU to 6-1 victory over St. Cloud State
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Five power-play goals send BSU to 6-1 victory over St. Cloud State
ST CLOUD, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team used five power-play goals, including four in the first period, to  
take down St. Cloud State University 6-1 to wrap up the regular-season Saturday afternoon at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. The five power-play goals sets a school record at BSU and falls just one shy of the NCAA record of six power-play goals which has been done four times (twice by Harvard, once by Dartmouth and once by Wisconsin). Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) paced BSU with five points apiece in the game.

The Beavers improve to 17-15-3 (11-14-2 WCHA) and finish over .500 for the first time in program history. St. Cloud State falls to 5-27-2 (4-24-0 WCHA) with the loss.

St. Cloud State looked to have a goal 22 seconds into the game after BSU turned the puck over right next to goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) however the goal was called off since it was kicked in by an SCSU player.

Bemidji State would take over the first period guided by its first power-play unit of Vichorek, Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.), Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.), Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Erickson. The group would tally four power-play goals in eight minutes to conclude the first period. BSU’s success was due in large part to the return of Vichorek to the line-up Saturday. Vichorek missed Friday’s game to take a visit to a graduate school in Denver, Colo. but returned for Saturday’s game.

Erickson began the barrage as Vichorek rifled a shot from the point, Erickson then got a stick on the puck deflecting it past SCSU goaltender Tayler VanDenakker. The goal was Erickson’s 16th of the season and the 38th of her career. Vichorek tallied her 20th assist of the season on the netter. M. Wheelhouse also was credited with a helper, her 17th of the 2011-12 campaign.

Bemidji State added to the lead at the 14:55 mark when Lundquist put back a hard shot from Vichorek from the point. The goal was Lundquist’s 12th of the year. Vichorek tallied her 21st assist of the year on the goal. Erickson also got an assist, her 13th of the season.

BSU tallied its third power-play goal at the 16:51 mark of the first when M. Wheelhouse put back a shot from Vichorek from the point. The goal from M. Wheelhouse’s eighth of the season. Vichorek notched her 22nd assist of the season and her third of the game on the score. Erickson also was credited with an assist, her 14th of the season.

The Beavers would round out the first period with a fourth and final power-play goal as M. Wheelhouse tallied her second goal of the game and her ninth netter of the year on a put-back of an Erickson shot. The assist was Erickson’s 15th of the year and her third of the game. Erickson’s goal and three assists ties the Alicia Kinsman’s mark for most points in a period with four. Kinsman set the mark Dec. 4, 1999 against Wayne State University.

BSU would add a fifth goal on the man advantage in the second period to go ahead 5-0 as Vichorek fired a missile from the point which went past a hoard of players in front of the net and then VanDenakker for the goal. The score was Vichorek’s eighth of the year and fourth point of the game. Lundquist tallied her second assist and her third point of the game. M. Wheelhouse also notched an assist, her second of the game and her fourth point of the contest. The goal would set the BSU record for power-play goals in a game surpassing their mark of four against Lindenwood University Nov. 10 in the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Eveleth, Minn.

The Beavers went ahead 6-0 at the 8:37 mark in the third period as they tallied their first even-strength goal of the game. The rest of her teammates skated back but Erickson got the puck at center ice and decided to skate in and using some fancy puck work, got to the net where she beat VanDenakker for her 17th goal of the year and the 39th of her career. Vichorek and Kimberly Lieder (Sr., D, Eagan, Minn.) were credited with assists on the goal. Vichorek and Erickson each tallied their fifth point on the goal tying Lill Raynard for the second-most by a BSU player all-time.

The Huskies spoiled what appeared destined to be a Tomcikova shutout as Amanda Arbogast found the net with 1:37 remaining on the game clock. Callie Dahl picked up the assist on the goal.

Tomcikova finished the game with 26 saves and with 3,462 saves is inching closer to the WCHA record for stops set by Shari Vogt of Minnesota State University. Tomcikova needs 129 saves to move past Vogt in first place in WCHA history and second in NCAA history for saves.

Bemidji State now heads into playoffs where they will be the No. 6 seed. The Beavers will head to No. 3 seed University of North Dakota from Feb. 24-26 in a best-of-three series at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The series will be a rematch of last year’s first round of playoffs in which UND won in a thrilling third game to go to the WCHA FINAL FACEOFF. All games will commence at 2:37 p.m.