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Bemidji State women's hockey: Beavers looking for WCHA points in home series against St. Cloud State

BSU goalie Zuzana Tomcikova. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State women's hockey team has a few wins to be happy about heading into this weekend's home series against St. Cloud State.

There's the victory over then No. 1 Mercyhurst two weeks ago and last week's exhibition victory over the Minnesota Whitecaps.

What the Beavers are missing are WCHA standings points and that can change against the Huskies. Game times are 2:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

"We need to win games this weekend so we can gain some points in our league and get back into the mix," Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said.

The Beavers are 2-4 entering the weekend (0-2 WCHA) with the league losses coming on the road against Wisconsin three weeks ago.

In winless St. Cloud State (0-7, 0-4 WCHA), the Beavers face a rematch of last year's WCHA first-round playoff series. BSU won the series in three games to clinch its first playoff victory in program history.

Both the Beavers and Huskies are currently tied for last in the WCHA standings.

"I think the difference with St. Cloud this year is that they lost some of their top scorers and they're having trouble finding goals," Sertich said. "But they do have a good goalie and I think Nixon is one of the best in the league."

Where scoring has been tough to find for SCSU, the Beavers are leaning on the Emily Erickson-Erin Cody-Sadie Lundquist line.

Cody and Erickson lead the team with seven points. The trio has three goals each and have accounted for nine of the 11 BSU goals this season.

"That line right now is having a lot of fun and they're finding success," Sertich said. "Hopefully that can continue this week and we can find another line or two to chip in."

Sertich said he's also "encouraged" with the play of junior goalies Zuzana Tomcikova and Alana McElhinney. Both have a save percentage over .900 entering this weekend's games.

The rest of the games on BSU's schedule this season are all WCHA contests.

Sertich described the mindset of his team and talk about how the team feels playing at home this season.

"They really have a sense of pride playing in this beautiful facility," Sertich said. "They want to do it justice by playing hard. Every time they go out there they are going to play hard and try to win."