BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Ivana Bilic (D, So., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Danny Mattson (F, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after recording outstanding athletic performances between Oct. 14-20.
Bilic helped lead the Bemidji State women's hockey team to a pair of nonconference wins over Lindenwood University Oct. 18-19. Bilic chipped in two assists and had an overall +3 rating over the two contests. Bilic and the BSU defensive corps held Lindenwood to just one goal and 34 total shots on goal in the series. Bilic also contributed six blocks in the Beavers’ 5-0 and 4-1 victories.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of Bilic’s career and the first of the 2013-14 season for the BSU women’s hockey team.
Mattson led the Bemidji State men's hockey team with a goal and two assists Oct. 18-19 versus No. 3/5 Minnesota. The junior had a hand in three of BSU's four goals scored in the 0-2-0 nonconference weekend. Mattson netted his first goal of the 2013-14 campaign Friday to give the Beavers an early lead. The goal also stood as BSU's first power-play marker of the season. He added an assist, his 30th career point, on the Beavers' second goal midway through the second period. The multi-point game was the first of his junior season and marked the sixth of his collegiate career. Mattson also posted an assist on BSU's only goal of Saturday night's contest.
This week’s honor also marks the first of the season for a member of the BSU men’s hockey team, while it’s the second of Mattson’s collegiate career. He was also named Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week Jan. 9, 2013.
The BSU men’s hockey team, now 0-3-1, hits the road to open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Oct. 25-26. BSU travels to Huntsville, Ala. to face WCHA newcomer and long-time rival University of Alabama-Huntsville in a 7:07 p.m. opener Friday. The teams wrap up the series from Von Braun Center at 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
The Bemidji State women’s hockey team remains home Oct. 25-26 to host current No. 1 University of Minnesota. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.