BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State women's hockey team used four goals in the second and third period as well as stellar play in net to shutout Minnesota State 4-0. BSU goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava Slovakia) earned her third shutout of the season and her 17th career blank sheet while breaking the Beavers all-time marks for saves and minutes in net. Bemidji State improves to 13-8-2 (7-8-1 WCHA) on the year with the victory. Minnesota State falls to 7-15-0 (3-13-0). The BSU wins comes on the heels of a 2-1 loss Friday night to the Mavericks. BSU avenged Friday's fumble with the win improving its mark to 9-2-0 in the second game of the series.
The game was highlighted by Tomcikova achieving the two career marks as she became the all-time saves leader with her 10th save of the night 12 minutes into the first period. She picked up her second milestone 2:35 into the second period as she became the all-time minutes played leader for BSU between the pipes. Both marks surpass records previously held by Emily Brookshaw (2004-08). Tomcikova finished the night with 30 saves while keeping the Mavericks out of the net to notch the shutout.
On the offensive side of things, Danielle Williams (So., F, Waconia, Minn.) got BSU going in the scoring column as she played a one timer past Minnesota State netminder Alli Altmann. The shot came off a beautiful pass from Rachael Kelly (Fr., F, Rosemount, Minn.). The goal was Williams' first of the season and only the second of her career. Abby Williams (R-Jr., F, Alexandria, Minn.) also added an assist on the score. The assists were the third of the season for Kelly and the sixth of the year for Williams.
BSU's second line was responsible for the second tally, as well, as Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D, Crookston, Minn.) fired a missile past Altmann from the right circle to put the Beaver ahead 2-0 at the 15:59 mark in the second period. The goal was the seventh of the year for Wheelhouse. D. Williams and Kelly had assists on the netter. The assist was the first of the year for D. Williams and the fourth of the season for Kelly.
The Beavers went ahead 3-0 32 seconds into the third period after a Tracy McCann game misconduct put BSU on a five minute power play to end the second and open the third period. Sadie Lundquist (Jr., F, Cloquet, Minn.) took advantage of the Maverick miscue as she found the net off assists from Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.). The goal marks Bemidji State's 27th power play goal of the season. Lundquist finds the net on the man advantage for a team-leading sixth time as she tallied her ninth goal of the season. The assists were Vichorek's 13th of the year and E. Wheelhouse's 16th.
D. Williams put the cherry on her scoring showcase on BSU's win as she redirected a Vichorek shot from the point at the 11:02 mark of the third period. The goal was the second of the night and for the season for D. Williams, who finished with two goals and an assist for the Beavers. The assist was Vichorek's 14th. A. Williams also had an assist, her seventh of the year.
In addition to strong performances from D. Williams and Tomcikova, Vichorek, Kelly and A. Williams each finished with two assists on the night. The Beavers outshot the Mavericks 46 to 30 on the night led by Vichorek's nine shots on net. Lundquist added eight attempts while Emily Erickson (R-Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) chipped in six shots on goal. Minnesota State was paced by Lauren Zrust's five shots on goal.
Altmann suffers the loss in net for the Mavericks. She tallied 42 saves on the night while giving up four goals.
The Beavers improve to 22-22-10 all-time against Minnesota State on the season as Saturday marked their last meeting with the Mavericks during the regular season. The two teams split the season series 2-2-0.
In addition to Tomcikova's record, BSU's senior class of Kimberly Lieder (D, Eagan, Minn.), Alana McElhinney (G, Calgary, Alberta), Tomcikova, Vichorek, M. Wheelhouse and Lauren Williams (F, Eagan, Minn.) tied the school record for wins by a senior class with their 45th win. The mark puts them in a tie with the senior class of Bre Dedrickson, Kerri McEwen, Amber Fryklund, Lisa Peters, Amy Shepler, Alicia Kinsman and Lill Raynard, who graduated in 2003.
BSU returns to action next weekend as they host Ohio State University Jan. 13 and 14 at 7:07 p.m. both nights at Sanford Center. The series pits the fifth and sixth place teams in the WCHA as Ohio State currently is one point ahead of the Beavers in the standings.