BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A pair of Bemidji State University men’s hockey team members have been selected for All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. Senior defender Justin Baudry was voted to the All-WCHA Second Team, while freshman Owen Sillinger earned a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team to highlight the announcement of the WCHA’s 2018-19 postseason awards. In addition, 15 Bemidji State student-athletes earned a spot on the WCHA All-Academic Team.
Bemidji State’s top point getter in 2018-19, Baudry established career-highs for points (31) and assists (22), while matching his career-best in goals scored (9). Playing in all of BSU’s 38 games, he collected 31 points (9g-22a). On the ice in all situations, Baudry led the Beavers with 13 points (3g-10a) on the power play, while logging time on a penalty-kill unit that finished among the top 15 teams in the country and led the WCHA with a .892 (83-for-93) penalty-kill percentage. The senior captain ranked second among defenders and seventh among all WCHA players with 24 (7g-17a) points in 28 league contests, while his 17 assists in WCHA play was sixth among all players.
Baudry recorded at least a point in 21 games, which included six multi-point efforts. After logging just four points (4a) in BSU’s first 11 games, he posted 26 points (8g-18a) between Nov. 24 and March 2 to rank second in the nation among blueliners in scoring over that span of time. He posted a career-best three-assist night to lead the Beavers to a 4-0 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 7 and recorded a two-goal, two assist night at Ferris State, Feb. 9.
In 146 collegiate games as a Beaver, Baudry piled up 68 points (21g-47a) to tie Markus Gerbrandt for 22nd on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list and rank third among defenders on the list. His 31-point senior season stands as the fourth 30-point campaign by a BSU blueliner since 1999-2000, while his 22 helpers tie him for sixth on BSU’s Division I-era assist scoring list and stands a BSU-best since Matt Read posted 22 in 2009-10.
Sillinger finished his first season in a Bemidji State sweater fifth on the team in scoring, while leading all BSU newcomers with 19 points, seeing time in each of BSU’s 38 games. His total of 10 goals was good for second on the team and his three game-winners was a team-best. Also a player Head Coach Tom Serratore could rely on in all situations, he logged a power-play goal as well as netting one of BSU’s three short-handed goals in 2018-19.
In 28 league games, Sillinger recorded 15 (8g-7a) points to rank fourth among all league rookies, while his eight goals in league play was second among WCHA newcomers.
Sillinger posted at least a point in 14 games, which included five multi-point nights. He logged a season-long point streak of four games (2g-2a) from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1. BSU was 4-2-2 when he scored a goal.
The all-conference honor is the first for Baudry and Sillinger and marks the third consecutive year the Beavers have placed at least one player on the All-WCHA teams, which includes a 2016-17 first team pick for the WCHA Player of the Year Michael Bitzer.
Baudry is also one of 15 BSU student-athletes named to the 2018-19 WCHA All-Academic Team. The group includes: Baudry, Dan Billett, Adam Brady, Connor Brown-Maloski, Jack Burgart, Charlie Combs, Dillon Eichstadt, Ian Janco, Brad Johnson, Henry Johnson, Tommy Muck, Hampus Sjödahl, Ethan Somoza, Mike Soucier and Tyler Vold.
A total of 148 student-athletes, representing all 10 WCHA-member institutions, earned the distinction as members of the men's 2018-19 All-WCHA Academic Team.
To be recognized as a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team, member team student-athletes must meet the following criteria: 1) have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year; and 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters.
Selection of WCHA awards and all-league teams is done by a vote of member team head coaches.
The Beavers finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-17-6 overall and placed fifth in the WCHA with a 13-11-4-2 mark and made its ninth consecutive appearance in the WCHA postseason.
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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 (NSIC).