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Bemidji State women's hockey: Beavers look to continue home success against No. 8 North Dakota

The Bemidji State women's hockey team hosts a nationally-ranked team for the second straight weekend and the Beavers are hoping a good trend can continue at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

The Bemidji State women's hockey team hosts a nationally-ranked team for the second straight weekend and the Beavers are hoping a good trend can continue at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

BSU will face No. 8 North Dakota Friday and Saturday at 2:07 p.m. Each time the Beavers have faced a nationally ranked squad this year at home, BSU has emerged with a win in the series.

"I think we're playing well as a team," Bemidji State goalie Zuzana Tomcikova said. "We're finally getting more shots on net and that's really helping too. When you put lots of shots on net, some are going to get through."

The Beavers have earned wins against then No. 1 Mercyhurst and No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth this season at the BREC. The 1-0 defeat of UMD last Friday was the first win in program history over the Bulldogs.

"We've played really well against some of the top-ranked teams," Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said. "Last week showed we can skate with Duluth. We hoped to get points last Saturday, but the good news is we can skate with these high level teams and that helps build confidence for the team."

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The success against ranked teams has led the Beavers to a 4-2 record at the BREC. The Beavers are 5-5 overall (3-3 WCHA) and are tied for fourth in the league standings with nine points. North Dakota is 6-3-1 overall (5-2-1 WCHA) and third in the standings with 16 points.

With only one other game on the WCHA schedule this weekend, the BSU-UND series is an opportunity for BSU to separate in the standings.

"We need to play as we've done so far so hopefully we can get some points this series," Tomcikova said. "They're (North Dakota) a good team and we need to play well in the defensive zone. They have skilled forwards so we need to play well in our systems to have a good weekend."

For North Dakota, the series is a chance to pass Minnesota-Duluth (18 points) for second place with a win or pass Wisconsin (21 points) and take over first place with a sweep.

"(BSU is) solid, well coached, do a great job getting great leadership and point production from their seniors," North Dakota coach Brian Idalski said. "Erin Cody we have to pay attention to and can't let her beat us ... They're not easy to play against and it's going to be a tough weekend for us."

Cody, a senior, has emerged as one of the top players in the WCHA this season and is tied for fifth in league scoring with eight goals and eight assists.

Making it tougher for the Fighting Sioux will be the absence of star Olympic twins Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, who are representing the United States at the Four Nations Cup this week. The two have combined for 10 goals and nine assists this season.

"That's great, but they have some outstanding players even without them," Sertich said. "They're going to want to show they have a strong supporting cast and can still score."

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