MADISON, Wis. – Bemidji State University forwards Markus Gerbrandt (So., Edmonton, Alberta) and Brendan Harms (Fr., Steinbach, Manitoba) have been selected as Western Collegiate Hockey Association Players of the Week after aiding the BSU men’s ice hockey team to a series sweep at the University of Alabama-Huntsville Oct. 25-26.
Gerbrandt is the WCHA’s Offensive player of the week. The Edmonton, Alberta native notched his first collegiate hat trick and first multi-point game Friday to boost the Beavers to a 6-1 win over the Chargers in the first league game of the season for both clubs. He was named first star of the Game. Gerbrandt’s first goal of the contest, and second of the season, came at 17:07 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. He then added back-to-back goals just 16 seconds apart in the third to complete the hat trick.
In addition to his three goals, Gerbrandt finished the weekend with seven shots on goal and earned a +3 plus/minus rating.
Through six games played this season, Gerbrandt has already matched his offensive output of his rookie campaign with four goals and an assist. His four goals tie him for the team’s lead in goal scoring.
Harms, who contributed three points and factored in on both game-winning goals as the Beavers swept Alabama-Huntsville last weekend, is the WCHA Rookie of the Week.
A freshman right wing from Steinbach, Manitoba, Harms had a breakout weekend versus the host Chargers. He scored the game-winning goal at 17:45 of the first period and had a second period assist last Friday night in BSU’s 6-1 win, giving him the first two-point game his young collegiate career.
In the series finale, Harms drew an assist on teammate Cory Ward’s (F, So., Vas Vegas, Nev.) first period game-winner as the Beavers won 1-0 over UAH.
In addition to his three points, Harms finished the weekend with four shots on goal and earned a +3 plus/minus rating.
Gerbrandt and Harms are the first members of the BSU men’s hockey program to be recognized for the WCHA’s weekly award in 2013-14.
The league also announced Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley as its Defensive Player of the Week.
The Beavers, now 2-3-1 in 2013-14 and 2-0-0 in WCHA play, return to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center to host Minnesota State University Mankato Nov. 1-2. The Beavers and Mavericks open the league series at 7:37 p.m. Friday with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff set for the series finale Saturday.
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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).