Beavers complete weekend with first sweep at the BREC

With a hand in each goal, senior forward Erin Cody (Roseville, Minn.) netted two of her own, while assisting on two others to help lift the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to a 4-0 victory over the St. Cloud State Huskies on Saturday afternoon at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

On the weekend, Cody had a hand in all seven BSU goals, scoring five and assisting on two.

“I think it was probably one of the best weekends any forward has had in our program,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “She keeps getting better, she works so hard at her game and comes-in in great shape; it’s just fun to see her get success for all the work she puts in.”

BSU tender Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., Bratislava, Slovakia) turned away 17 shots on goal to pick up her tenth career shutout and second on the season. For the weekend, Tomcikova made 30 saves and only conceded two goals.

Compared to Friday night’s 3-2 win, the game was a better team effort with six different players finding their way onto the score sheet. The Beavers (4-4-0; 2-2-0-0 WCHA) earned six valuable points in the conference standings as the Huskies (0-9-0; 0-4-0-0 WCHA) leave Bemidji still searching for their first win of the season.

Any time you can win points in the league is a good weekend.

Cody and her linemates Sadie Lundquist (So., Fwd., Cloquet, Minn.) and Emily Erickson (R-So., Fwd., Coleraine, Minn.) were back at it again, scoring off the first offensive attack of the game. Cody received the puck from Erickson on the left face off dot before firing a shot on net. The puck trickled though SCSU goaltender Ashley Nixon, but stopped just short of the goal line. However, Lundquist was at the back door and slapped home her fourth goal of the season. The goal came at the 58 second mark of the first period.

Lundquist and Cody grabbed an assist before the end of the period on a goal by Montana Vichorek (Jr., Def., Moose Lake, Minn.). While on the power play, Vichorek stopped a puck from sliding out of the offensive zone and carried the puck back to the point. She took a slap shot that beat Nixon’s five-hole to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

In the first period the Beavers out-shot the Huskies 11-2.

After tallying two assists in the first period, Cody would net two goals in the second period to cap the 4-0 victory for the Beavers. Her first goal came at the 10:24 mark of the period when Annie Bauerfeld (Sr., Fwd., Woodbury, Minn.) played the puck out from behind the Husky goal. Erika Wheelhouse (So., Def., Crookston, Minn.) got the puck and fired a shot from the point. Nixon made the first save, but the rebound went to the stick of Cody who put it back to net her seventh goal of the season.

With 51 seconds remaining in the period, the same trio teamed up for the final Beaver goal. Wheelhouse played the puck out of the BSU zone to Bauerfeld for a two-on-one opportunity with Cody. Bauerfeld made a great saucer pass and Cody easily tapped it pass a sprawling Nixon.

“The best part is working with all the girls who can move the puck around and have a lot of skill,” Cody said. “I’m happy to put the puck in the back of the net, but it was everyone else’s hard work.”

Bemidji State would play without a goal in the third period as St. Cloud State attempted to get on the board. The Huskies almost doubled their shot total from the first two periods, taking eight in the third. Tomcikova came through for the Beaver defense and held on to finish the weekend sweep in style shutting out the Huskies.