BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Charlie Combs has been selected for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly honor for his role in Beavers’ WCHA series split with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Dec. 7-8. The sophomore was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Lake Superior State University junior Brayden Gelsinger.
Combs had a banner weekend for teh Beavers, recording his first career hat trick, leading the NCAA with four goals, and tying for the WCHA and national lead with five points. The sophomore from St. Louis, Mo. posted consecutive multi-point games, while factoring in five of the Beavers’ six goals during a split with Alabama-Huntsville. Combs’ first collegiate three-goal performance came in BSU’s 4-0 win Friday and was a natural hat trick, the first by a Beavers player since 2008. With BSU ahead 1-0, Combs scored a power-play goal at 15:29 of the second period, an even-strength marker 59 seconds into the third stanza and a second power-play goal at 5:57 of the final frame. In Saturday’s contest, he got the Beavers on the board with an unassisted goal 7:04 into the contest and added an assist on Dillon Eichstadt’s goal 65 seconds later.
This is Combs’ first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his second career honor. It also marks the third weekly honor for the Beavers this season. Combs follows Zach Driscoll, who was selected as the Goaltender of the Week and Owen Sillinger who garnered Rookie of the Week honors Nov. 26.
In addition to the Co-Offensive Players of the Week, the league selected Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ian Scheid Defensive Player of the Week, Atte Tolvanen, of Northern Michigan University, Goaltender of the Week and Michigan Tech’s Trenton Bliss earned the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week honor.
The Beavers dip to 7-7-2 overall and 5-4-1-0 in WCHA play. BSU will wrap up its current four-gam homestand and the first half of the season next weekend when it welcomes the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Center. Tickets are available and begin at just $12. Visit the Sanford Center Box Office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
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.