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Bemidji State women's hockey: Beavers gain split at Ohio State with shutout

In her last regular-season game of the year, Bemidji State women's hockey goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova left in style by shutting out the Ohio State Buckeyes 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.

The win helps Bemidji State (8-12-6, 7-7-6-3 WCHA) remain in fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 23 points, just three points ahead of the fifth-place Buckeyes (12-9-4, 9-8-2-0 WCHA).

"It was a key win, because we beat a team that we're battling face-to-face with for that fourth place," said head coach Steve Sertich. "They're a talented team and to shut them out like that was great."

The only goal of the game came on the Beaver power play in the third period. Montana Vichorek put a shot on net from the point. The rebound was picked up by Erin Cody, who put the puck back on net, but was denied by OSU tender Chelsea Knapp. BSU's Emily Erickson was there to pick up the rebound and score her fourth goal of the season.

Ohio State, looking to leap-frog BSU for fourth place, upped the pressure late in the third. Bemidji State had to go on the penalty kill twice in the waning minutes of the game. Tomcikova was there to make sure her team would walk away with the win.

"She gave us a nice going-away gift today," Sertich said. "During those two penalties is when she really rose to the occasion, and so did our entire penalty-kill unit."

Tomcikova stopped a total of 38 saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season. Of her 38 saves, 14 came when the Beavers were on the penalty kill. The Beaver PK unit killed off all seven power-play opportunities the Buckeyes had.

Bemidji State is now 82.7 percent on the penalty kill (96-116) and 14 percent on the power play (15-107).

The Beavers continue their three-weekend road trip as they travel to St. Cloud next weekend. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday.

The Beavers will wrap up its three week road trip the following week in Madison, Wis. against the Badgers. The Feb. 6 contest will be played outdoors at the Camp randall Hockey Classic.