EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Gerry Fitzgerald has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for his role in Beavers’ series the University of Alaska, Nov. 3-4.
Fitzgerald was the WCHA’s top scorer last weekend, finishing with four points (1g-3a) as Bemidji State earned a road split in Fairbanks, Alaska against the Nanooks. The senior from Port Alberni, British Columbia turned in a pair of two-point efforts, factoring in four of the Beavers’ six goals on the weekend. In Saturday’s 3-2 BSU comeback victory, Fitzgerald assisted on Charlie Combs’ game-tying goal late in the second period, then broke the 2-2 deadlock with his own power-play strike, the game-winner, 11:45 into the third. He also had a pair of assists in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss, while his three helpers tied for the league lead.
In addition to Fitzgerald, Ferris State University junior Ryker Killins won the league’s Defensive Player of the Week award, Northern Michigan University junior Mathias Israelsson got the nod for the WCHA Goaltender of the Week and Bowling Green freshman goaltender Eric Dop was tabbed as the league’s Rookie of the Week.
This is Fitzgerald’s first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his third career honor, including two Rookie of the Week accolades in 2014-15.
Bemidji State, 4-2-2 and 2-1-1-1 in WCHA play, returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Nov. 10-11 to continue league play. The Beavers will host long-time, intrastate rival Minnesota State University, Mankato, which owns a share of first place in the WCHA standings with a 6-3-0 overall and a 4-2-0-0 record in league play, for a two-game WCHA series. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. each evening.
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.