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Bemidji State women's hockey team faces big test against No. 2 Gophers

Franny Dorr and the Bemidji State women's hocke yteam takes on Minnesota in Minneapolis this weekend. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State women's hockey team will head out on the road this weekend for a stern test against No. 2 ranked Minnesota.

The Beavers play the Gophers at 6:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday. Both games are at Ridder Arena on campus at the University of Minnesota.

The Beavers are 4-8-2 overall entering the weekend and are 3-3-2-2 in the WCHA. BSU's 10 points is good for fourth place in the eight-team WCHA.

Bemidji State has three wins and two shootout victories in the last six games.

BSU is coming off a weekend split against St. Cloud State. The Beavers defeated the Huskies 1-0 last Friday on a goal by Sadie Lundquist and lost 5-2 on Saturday.

Bemidji State can close out November with a winning record with at least a split against Minnesota (9-2-1 overall, 7-2-1-1 WCHA).

Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld continue to pace the Bemidji State offense this season. The trio has combined for 12 goals and 14 assists. That's 43 percent of BSU's offensive production.

Johnson leads the team with seven goals and 10 points.

Also helping the Beavers be successful is the strong play of Zuzana Tomcikova in net.

The Slovakian who is set to play in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics has a .931 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. She earned her fifth career shutout last week against St. Cloud and has two shutouts on the year.

She will be tested by a Gopher offense that has four scorers with over 10 points.

Minnesota's leading goal scorer is Sarah Erickson, who has 10 goals and three assists this season to rank second in team scoring.

The 2007 Bemidji High School grad has filled in the scoring void left by the Lamoureux sisters, who transferred to North Dakota over the summer.

Minnesota has 16 points and stands atop the WCHA standings entering the weekend.