BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Sadie Lundquist (F, Sr., Cloquet, Minn.) and Sam Rendle (D, 5-10, 174, So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Nov. 19-25.
Coming off a multi-point effort against University of North Dakota, Lundquist had a breakout game against Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday to lead the Bemidji State women’s hockey team to its first win since Oct. 19. The senior captain assisted on the team’s first three goals of the game, becoming the first Beaver with three or more points in a single game this season. After the Mavericks rallied to tie the score in the third period, the 2011-12 BSU leader in game-winning goals struck again with a goal that ended up clinching the Beaver victory. Lundquist was a +2 in the game and finished with that mark on the weekend after a 4-1 loss Saturday in which she led the team with six shots on goal.
Her final assist of Friday’s game made her the 11th Bemidji State player to reach 75 career points.
Lundquist’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of the season for the senior, while it is the third time a member of the women’s hockey team has been honored in 2012-13. She follows goaltender Abby Ryplanski (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba), who was selected for the award Oct. 24 and last week’s honoree, Emily Erickson (F, Sr., Coleraine, Minn.).
Rendle piled up a goal and an assist, helping the Bemidji State men's hockey team to a three-point Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekend versus University of Alaska Anchorage. Entering the weekend without a point to his credit this season, the sophomore posted his first assist of the campaign on a third-period goal to give BSU a 2-1 lead in the 2-2 tie—his first point since Oct. 28, 2011 after sitting out the final 26 games of the 2011-12 campaign due to injury. Saturday, Rendle netted the game-winner with 2:29 to play in the eventual 5-4 victory that snapped a four game streak without a win for the Beavers. The game-winning goal was the first of his collegiate career. He was -1 on the weekend and added three blocked shots.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the first of Rendle’s career and the second time a member of the men’s hockey team has been recognized by the organization this season, as Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) earned the honor Oct. 24.
Bemidji State, now 3-5-2 overall and 2-4-2 in WCHA play, is back on the road Nov. 30-Dec. 1, when it travels to Minnesota State University, Mankato (5-5-2; 3-5-2 WCHA) for a two-game WCHA set. The series is set to begin at 7:37 p.m. Friday with the finale scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Both games will take place at Verizon Wireless Center.
Bemidji State welcomes University of Minnesota Duluth to town Dec. 1-2 before closing out the first half of the season against the top-ranked and currently unbeaten University of Minnesota Dec. 7-8. Saturday’s game is slated for a 7:07 p.m. start, while Sunday’s puck drop is set for 4:07 p.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).