BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll and forward Owen Sillinger have been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly honors for their roles in Beavers’ WCHA series split with then-No. 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato, Nov. 23-24. Driscoll earned the leagues Goaltender of the Week award, while Sillinger reeled in Rookie of the Week honors.
Driscoll, the Beavers’ Saturday-night starter thus far, clamped down on a Minnesota State offense that entered the weekend averaging a WCHA-best 4.5 goals a game, making 19 saves in a 4-2 Bemidji State victory. The sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn. did not allow a single five-on-five goal, helping the Beavers to the home win and split with the third-ranked Mavericks.
This is the first career WCHA weekly award for Driscoll, who is in his first season at Bemidji State.
Sillinger tied for the WCHA rookie scoring lead with two points and paced all freshmen with a +3 rating, helping Bemidji State earn a split with No. 3 Minnesota State. The Regina, Saskatchewan native helped spark a near-comeback in Friday’s 3-2 loss, assisting on Ethan Somoza’s second-period goal as BSU rallied from 2-0 down to briefly tie the game at 2-2. Saturday, in his 12th collegiate game, Sillinger was elevated to the Beavers’ top center spot and added an assist on Bemidji State’s goal just 53 seconds into the contest, jump-starting a 4-2 victory.
This is Sillinger’s first WCHA weekly award of his freshman season.
In addition to the BSU duo, Michigan Technological University’s Gavin Gould earned the league’s Forward of the Week award Tyler Rockwell was named Defensive Player of the Week.
The Beavers, now 6-5-1 overall and 4-2-0-0 in WCHA play are back on the road Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 as they travel to Houghton, Mich. for a two-game league series with WCHA-leading Michigan Tech. Opening face off is slated for 6:07 p.m. (CT) each night from McInnes Student Ice Arena.
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.