BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Brittni Mowat and Nate Arentz have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2.
Mowat made 83 saves and allowed just one goal in two starts in goal Oct. 31-Nov. 1 as the BSU women’s hockey team took five of six points at No. 1 Minnesota. Mowat made 47 saves in a 2-2 tie Friday and then made three saves in four opportunities to help seal a 2-1 shootout victory for the Beavers. Mowat’s 1-0 shutout, which was her second of the season, Saturday marked the first time Minnesota has been shutout since 2011. In addition, Mowat also backstopped BSU’s penalty killing unit that held the Minnesota’s power-play unit to 1-for-6 in the series. Mowat posted a .976 save percentage and 0.96 goals against average against the Golden Gophers.
The Glenboro, Manitoba native is 3-2-1 this season with an 1.81 goals against average and .943 save percentage.
Mowat’s efforts earned her the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week award.
Arentz led the Bemidji State men’s hockey team to a WCHA-opening sweep of Alaska Oct. 31-Nov. 1, posting three goals and two assists for five points. And finishing the week with a +6 plus/minus rating and a pair of blocked shots. Arentz was on the ice for five of the Beavers’ six goals Friday (1-6) posting his first multi-point night of the year with a game-winning goal and an assist. He followed that with a career-high three points, as the Beavers won 4-3 in overtime, contributing two goals and an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime.
Arentz is now tied with linemates Brendan Harms and Markus Gerbrandt for the team’s scoring lead with six points.
For his performance, Arentz was also recognized by the WCHA, receiving its offensive player of the week award.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team, now 3-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in WCHA play, hits the road to face the league's preseason favorite in Minnesota State University, Mankato (5-3-0; 3-1-0 WCHA) Nov. 7-8. The series will get underway from Verizon Wireless Center at 7:07 p.m. Friday, with the opening faceoff for the series finale set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
Bemidji State (5-4-1 overall, 1-4-1 WCHA) is idle this weekend before returning to action Nov. 14-15 against University of North Dakota. The puck drops at 2:07 p.m. both days from the Sanford Center.