BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State senior goaltender Grady Hunt was named College Hockey America Defensive Player of the Week, the CHA league office announced late yesterday. The honor marks the second consecutive week and 11th time in Hunt’s stellar career he has earned weekly defensive honors from the CHA.
Hunt, a native of Vernon, British Columbia, led Bemidji State to its first Division I-era win over an opponent ranked in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll, leading the Beavers to a 3-1 win over then-No. 14 Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 14. He saved 20 of 21 shots faced (.952) to lead BSU to just its third Division I-era win over a Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe.
It was the 30th win of Hunt’s career and marked the 16th time in the last two-plus seasons he’s held an opponent to one goal or less in an appearance. Hunt has now won each of his last three starts after starting the season 0-2, and has jumped to 16th in the nation in goals-against average (2.22). Hunt has allowed just two goals in his last 144:38 of ice time - a goals-against average of just 0.83 in that span - with a save percentage of .967.
The award marks the second weekly CHA honor of the season for Hunt, and the 11th of his career. He earned three CHA honors as a freshman in 2000-01, four as a sophomore in 2001-02 and three a year ago en route to First-Team All-CHA honors. It is the third weekly CHA award won by a BSU player this season; Luke Erickson was named CHA Rookie of the Week on Oct. 20.
Findlay junior Kris Wiebe was named CHA Offensive Player of the Week and Niagara’s Jeremy Hall earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Bemidji State stands 3-3-2 on the season and is coming off a split with No. 15 Minn.-Duluth. The Beavers return to the ice Nov. 22-23 with a non-conference series against Hockey East foe Merrimack; it is the second of a three-week stretch of non-conference foes for BSU, its longest out-of-conference streak of the season. Opening face-off for both games is set for 7:05 p.m. Eastern time.