BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Abby Ryplanski (So., G, Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 15-21.
Ryplanski backstopped the Bemidji State women’s ice hockey team to its first-ever series win against University of Wisconsin in 27 all-time attempts. The sophomore netminder began the weekend by silencing a sell-out crowd of 2,273 in the first-ever game at the nationally-ranked Badgers’ brand-new LaBahn Arena by stopping all 27 shots that came her way in a 1-0 win. The victory gave the Winnipeg, Manitoba native her second career shutout and first win and shutout as a Beaver after she transferred from now-defunct Niagara University women’s hockey program. Sunday, Ryplanski made a career-high 42 saves on 45 shots in a 3-3 tie in which the Beavers lost in the shootout.
She finished the weekend with a 1.44 goals against average and had a .958 save percentage, stopping 69 of 72 total shots.
Ryplanski’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of her career and the first for a member of the BSU women’s hockey team in 2012-13.
Walsh posted five shutout periods, a 0.51 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage as the Bemidji State men’s ice hockey team split a nonconference series with Lake Superior State University. Walsh turned aside a career-high 38 shots on goal in a 2-0 loss Friday, yielding only an unassisted power-play goal at the 16:51 mark of the third period. The sophomore then came back in the series finale by stopping all 25 shots on goal and blanking LSSU on both power-play opportunities to gain his first shutout of the season and third of his collegiate career.
Walsh stopped 63 of 64 shots on goal over six periods and finished the weekend 1-1-0.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the first of the season for Walsh and the BSU men’s hockey team, while it stands as the fourth time the Dawson Creek, British Columbia native has been recognized by the organization. He was previously honored for excellence Oct. 26, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 of last season.
For his efforts, he was also named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Week.
Bemidji State (1-1-0; 0-0-0 WCHA) makes it first road trip of the season this week as it travels to Omaha, Neb. to open the WCHA season. BSU opens its series with University of Nebraska-Omaha Friday at 7:37 p.m. with the series finale set for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Saturday. Both games will be played at CenturyLink Center, Omaha.
The Beavers will travel to No. 6/7 Ohio State next weekend in their second-longest road trip of the season. Following the pair of meetings against the Buckeyes, BSU will only leave the state of Minnesota one more time in the 2012-13 regular season when it treks to the University of North Dakota on Feb. 8 and 9.