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Bemidji State goalie Tomcikova named MVP at World Championship

Bemidji State women's hockey junior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made a total of 237 saves in five games (47.4 saves per game) for the Slovakia women's national team at the 2011 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship and was named the MVP of the Top Division.

Tomcikova and team Slovakia finished seventh in the tournament held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Starting off the tournament, Tomcikova made 58 saves in a 5-0 loss to the United States. She the bettered her performance turning in 71 saves against Sweden as Slovakia fell 3-0 in the second game of the preliminary round. In the final game of group play, Tomcikova made 48 more saves in a 4-1 defeat against Russia.

Slovakia then squared-off against Kazakhstan in the relegation round, with the loser of the best-of-three series being sent down to the First Division for the 2012 Championships. In Game 1 of the series Tomcikova pitched her first shutout of the tournament and turned away 25 shots in a 1-0 Slovakia victory. In Game 2 she turned in 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime shootout victory.

Tomcikova's 237 saves were tied for the most of the tournament with Kazakhstan's Daria Obydennova.

Her .948 save percentage was also the fourth best of the tournament. She finished the tournament with a 2.56 goals against average.

Tomcikova finished her junior campaign with the Beavers in February. She had a .933 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average. In conference only games, Tomcikova finished third in the WCHA for both save percentage (.934) and goals against average (1.82).

Her six shutouts on the season were the most by any BSU goaltender in a single season.

Tomcikova will return to BSU next season for her senior year.