Former Raider reaches milestone

Former Roseville Area High School hockey standout Erin Cody reached a milestone last weekend. Cody, a senior on the Bemidji State University women's hockey team, scored the 100th point of her college career and moved into second place on BSU's all-time scoring chart.

Cody entered a two-game series at Minnesota-Duluth with 99 career points and hit the 100-point plateau with an unassisted goal three minutes into the first period on Jan. 28 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. Cody added two more goals 76 seconds apart in the second period to tie the score at 3-3 and record her first collegiate hat trick.

The three points upped her career total to 102, which put her second on Bemidji's all-time scoring list. She is also the third BSU women's player to reach the 100-point mark.

Cody trails only Amber Fryklund, who scored 122 points from 2000-03.

Cody's play has garnered her attention from USA Hockey, which invited her to its women's winter training camp back in December. The camp served as both a training session and tryout for the national team. Cody was one of 40 players to attend the training camp.

But before Cody can think ahead to any Team USA duties, she has the rest of the Bemidji State season to worry about first. The Beavers have three more regular-season Western Collegiate Hockey League series to play, starting this weekend at home against Wisconsin.

After those three series are completed, Bemidji will enter the WCHA playoffs and the Beavers are trying to secure home-ice advantage for the first time in program history. BSU began this week in fifth place in the WCHA, four points out of fourth place, which is currently held by Minnesota-Duluth. The top four teams in the final standings host first-round playoff series.

First-place Wisconsin holds a comfortable 16-point lead while Minnesota, North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth, second, third and fourth, respectively, are separated by only three points.

After hosting Wisconsin this weekend, Bemidji travels to Minnesota on Feb. 11-12 before returning home to close out the regular season Feb. 18-19 against Ohio State.

The first round of the WCHA playoffs is Feb. 25-27 with the four series winners advancing to the Final Face-Off March 4-5 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Bemidji advanced to its first Final Face-Off last season after upsetting St. Cloud State two games to one in the first round of the playoffs. At the Final Face-Off, BSU lost to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinals.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

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