BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State freshman goaltender Layne Sedevie has been named College Hockey America Rookie of the Week after a stellar effort in BSU’s three-point weekend against traditional rival Alabama-Huntsville, the league office announced yesterday.
Sedevie remained unbeaten in six starts against CHA foes, backstopping the Beavers to a 3-3 tie and a 4-2 victory in what was a critical series for the team’s CHA Championship hopes. In Game 1 on Feb. 20, Sedevie held the Chargers scoreless through the game’s first two periods and for the game saved 27 of 30 shots faced in an eventual draw. Saturday, Sedevie held the Chargers scoreless in the first period and then held on as the teams exchanged punches during a wild second period which saw the Beavers and Chargers combine for four goals in less than eight minutes. BSU came out of the flurry with a 3-2 lead, and Sedevie held strong in the third period as the Beavers picked up the 4-2 win.
For the weekend, Sedevie allowed just one goal at even strength and rolled up 41 saves. He stands at 5-4-3 on the season with his five victories second-most by a freshman goaltender in BSU’s Division I era. He is 5-1-1 in his last seven starts.
Findlay center Andrew Radzak and Niagara goaltender Jeff VanNynatten earned this week’s CHA Player and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively.
It is the first Rookie of the Week honor for Sedevie, and the fifth won by a BSU skater this year. Luke Erickson has won a school record-tying four CHA Rookie of the Week awards this season. Sedevie was named the CHA’s Defensive Player of the Week on Jan. 12.
So far this season, BSU has won 14 weekly player awards from the CHA - four Offensive Player of the Week awards, five Defensive Player of the Week and five Rookie of the Week.
The three-point weekend against Ala.-Huntsville improved Bemidji State to 16-11-3 overall, 13-2-1 in College Hockey America play, and became the first program to clinch a bye in the first round of the 2004 College Hockey America Tournament. Bemidji State is back in action Feb. 27-28 when it travels to Air Force for a two-game CHA series. BSU is 8-0-1 in its last nine games against Air Force, its longest-ever unbeaten streak against a CHA opponent.