WHAT'S ON TAP: The University of North Dakota women's hockey team will play a home-and-home series this weekend against Bemidji State. The series opens Saturday at the Ralph Englestad Arena before heading to Bemidji on Sunday for the series finale. Both games are scheduled for 7:07 p.m.
MEDIA INFORMATION: Most Fighting Sioux regular season home hockey games can be heard on 1440 AM ("The Fan") and on stations across the Fighting Sioux Radio Network (excluding Dec. 13 against Minnesota) with broadcaster Darrin Looker calling the action. A webcast and live stats will be available at FightingSioux.com
SCOUTING REPORT: The Beavers are currently in fifth place in the league with 10 points from three wins, two ties and winning both of their shootout attempts ... Bemidji State is 4-10-2 overall this season ... They are led by head coach Steve Sertich who is in his fourth season at the helm of BSU with a record of 25-84-15 ... In conference play, the Beavers are averaging 1.70 goals while giving up 2.50 ... Juniors Erin Cody and Erin Johnson lead the team with double-digit points as Cody is the team leader in assists (4-7-11) and Johnson leads in goals (7-3-10) ... In net the Beavers are led by Zuzanna Tomcikova who has started all but four games ... Tomcikova has a 2.33 goals against average and a .929 save-percentage ... Their special teams have struggled so far this season going 6-for-75 (.080) on the power play and converting 61-of-77 (.792) penalty-kill opportunities.
COACHING STAFF: The Beavers are led by Steve Sertich who is in his fourth season as head coach at Bemidji State. Sertich led BSU to a record of 6-25-5 in the 2008-09 season and has a career record of 21-74-13. He is assisted by Heather Farrell and Shane Veenker.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Sioux lead the all-time series against Bemidji State, 13-11-2-0, and went 3-0-1 a season ago ... BSU is 1-0 in shootouts over the Sioux ... UND swept the Beavers on the road last season which was the first time in program history they swept a WCHA road series.
LAST ACTION: The Sioux skated to two ties in non-conference action against the Maine Black Bears 5-5 and 3-3.
In what turned out to be an offensive thriller, Maine would pull its goalie for a three-skater advantage with two Sioux players in the penalty box, and score the game-tying goal with only 27 seconds remaining. All five goals for the Sioux came from different players as senior Susanne Fellner and freshman Allison Parizek notched their first goals of the season while sophomores Alyssa Wiebe and Sara Dagenais and freshman Mary Loken added goals.
The University of North Dakota women's hockey team scored three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game against the Maine Black Bears today to erase a 3-0 lead. The game would go scoreless in overtime for the second consecutive night and finish in a 3-3 tie. Freshman Jordan Slavin and Mary Loken along with Alyssa Wiebe scored for the Sioux. It was the first time in program history the Sioux erased a three-goal deficit to earn a tie (have never won when trailed by three or more).
THE SPARK THAT SET A NEW MARK: Looking for a spark head coach Brian Idalski made a goalie change for the third period in its second game against Maine, as senior Brittany Kirkham entered the game trailing 3-0. The Black Bears were held off the scoreboard which allowed the Sioux to come back and tie the game. In doing so, Kirkham played in her 87th career game breaking the record of games played by a Sioux goaltender previously held by Amber Hasbargen (2002-06).