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Tomcikova earns team MVP honor

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team capped off the 2011-12 season Sunday when it held its end of the year banquet.

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Goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova, who became the program's first-ever All-America selection and All-WCHA First Team selection, was named the team's Most Valuable Player after wrapping up a record-breaking four-year career.

Tomcikova was also a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee for the second time in her career to go with her All-America and all-conference accolades. She finished her stint at BSU as the all-time leader in games played (118), minutes played (6945:05), saves (3,518), save percentage (.929), goals against average (2.32), wins (41) and shutouts (18).

In addition, Tomcikova also wrapped up her career ranked second all-time in saves in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, just 72 saves short of Minnesota State University's Shari Vogt.

Tomcikova led all WCHA goaltenders in saves while posting a 2.23 goals against average, a .932 save percentage, four shutouts and a career-high 13 wins. She was an All-WCHA selection in all four of her seasons at BSU, including a WCHA Co-Player of the Year nod following the 2009-10 season.

Emily Erickson was selected as the team's Offensive Player of the Year after leading the team with 17 goals. Erickson finished the 2011-12 campaign second on the team in points with 32 (17g, 15a).

BSU's shot-blocking duo of sisters Erika and Marlee Wheelhouse were named the team's Co-Defensive Players of the Year. The Wheelhouses accounted for 214 block shots as they continued to be a force on the blue-line for the Beavers.

Kristin Huber brought home BSU's Rookie of the Year award after tying for the team lead in points among rookies with Natasha Kostenko.

MacKenzie Thurston was named the team's Most Improved Player after notching 15 points (1g, 14a).

Goaltender Alana McElhinney picked up the Beaver Award for the second-consecutive season. The Beaver award is given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of Beaver Hockey on the ice, off the ice and in the classroom.

Finally, the team also announced its captains for the 2012 season. Sadie Lundquist, who led the team in scoring with 35 points, and Emily Wheelhouse will serve as captains for the Beavers, while Erickson and Thurston were named assistant captains.

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