BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll and center Ross Armour have been selected for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly honors for the roles they played in Beavers’ WCHA series sweep of Michigan Technological University of Alaska Anchorage, Jan. 18-19. Driscoll was named Goaltender of the Week, while Armour pulled in Rookie of the Week honors.
Driscoll backstopped the Beavers to their second WCHA series sweep of the 2018-19 season as BSU took a pair of home games from league rival Michigan Tech. The sophomore piled up a season-high 33 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory to open the series with the Huskies on Friday at the Hockey Day Minnesota outdoor rink. Saturday, the Apple Valley, Minn., native recorded his second shutout of the season stopping 18 shots in a 3-0 victory. Driscoll finished the weekend with 51 saves, three goals allowed, a .944 save percentage and a 1.46 goals against average.
Armour served as a linchpin to the Beavers’ scoring success in a sweep of Michigan Tech. The rookie posted assists on four of the Beavers' seven goals in the series, including matching a career high three assists in Friday’s 4-3 outdoor win. His final assist came on the game-winning goal in overtime. The Trail, British Columbia, native added an assist on BSU's second goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win to complete the series sweep. Armour tied for third in WCHA scoring on the weekend and led all rookies. He finished the series with a +2 plus/minus rating and two shots on goal.
This marks the fifth and sixth weekly awards for the Beavers this season. Armour, now a two-time WCHA Rookie of the recipient (Dec. 17) and Driscoll, also the league's Goaltender of the Week Nov. 26, follow Charlie Combs, the Co-Offensive Player of the Week Dec. 10, and Owen Sillinger, who garnered Rookie of the Week honors Nov. 26.
In addition to the BSU pair, the league selected University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Hans Goroski Forward of the Week and Kurt Gosselin Defenseman of the Week.
Bemidji State improves to 12-11-3 overall and 10-7-1-1 in league play to hold down sixth place in the standings--just one point behind MTU and Lake Superior State University for fourth place and home ice in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs.
The Beavers hit the road this week for a two-game WCHA series at Lake Superior State. The series will get underway at 6:07 p.m. Friday before a 6:07 p.m. opening puck drop from Taffey Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Saturday.
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.