BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) and Matt Prapavessis (D, Jr., Oakville, Ontario) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Jan. 6-12.
Kelly logged a power-play goal and assisted on the Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival St. Cloud State University Saturday, leading the Beavers to a series split with the Huskies Jan. 10-11.
Kelly’s power play-goal tied the game Saturday 1-1 at the 16:10 mark of the third period and then junior assisted game-winning goal less than a minute later. In the series, Kelly logged 10 shots on goal.
In 18 games this season, Kelly has four goals and four assists for eight points to rank as the Beavers’ third-leading scorer, while her seven points (4g-3a) in league play leave her tied with Kaitlyn Tougas (F, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) (2g-5a) atop BSU’s WCHA scoring list.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks first of the season for Kelly and the fourth of 2013-14 for a member of the BSU women’s hockey team. She follows Ivana Bilic (D, So., Coquitlam, British Columbia), who earned the honor Oct. 20, and the Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 selection Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba).
Prapavessis helped lead the BSU men’s hockey team to a WCHA series sweep at Lake Superior State Jan. 10-11. The junior from Oakville, Ontario posted back-to–back multi-point games in the series--his team-leading fourth and fifth of the season. Prapavessis got the Beavers out of the gates early Friday contributing a power-play goal and an assist to send BSU into the first intermission of the 5-2 victory with a lead. Saturday, the captain logged the game-winning goal to go along with an assist in the 3-1 series finale. Prapavessis scored both if his goals as a part of a power-play unit that went 4-for-11 (.364) in the series including a 3-for-5 performance in the opener. In addition, he anchored a defensive unit that held the Lakers to 1.50 goals per game and 1-for-7 (.143) on the man advantage. He finished the weekend with a +2 plus/minus rating and was second on the team with four blocked shots.
Prapavessis has five goals and a team-best 12 assists for 17 points and is tied with Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) for second on the team in scoring. In 24 games played, the defender is second on the team in power-play scoring with eight points (3g-5a) and leads the team in blocked shots with 44.
This week’s honor marks the second of the season for Prapavessis, while it is the seventh of 2013-14 for a member of the BSU men’s hockey team. In addition to his selection for the weekly honor Dec. 18, Prapavessis joins teammates: Radoslav Illo (Sr., Bystrica, Slovakia), who earned the award Dec. 4; the Nov. 14 and Oct. 30 recipient, Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta); James Hanson (D, So., Maple Grove, Minn.), who garnered the honor Nov. 7; and Danny Mattson (F, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.), who was named Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week Oct. 23.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team, now 7-11-6 overall and 7-7-4 in WCHA play, will break from conference play to face regional rival University of North Dakota in a home-and-home series Jan. 17-18. Friday night’s nonconference series opener is set for a 7:37 p.m. start at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., while the series finale will take place at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
The BSU women’s hockey team, 9-11-2 overall and 6-9-1 in WCHA play, returns to Sanford Center for another league series when it hosts University of Wisconsin Jan. 17-18. The puck drop is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. on both Friday and 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).