BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Five Bemidji State University men’s hockey team members have been selected for All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. Senior, co-captain Adam Brady, who was voted to the All-WCHA First Team, and All-Rookie Team selection and Third Team pick Elias Rosén Highlighted the announcement of the league’s postseason awards. In addition, Owen Sillinger and Zach Driscoll were named to the All-WCHA Second Team, Tommy Muck was voted onto the Third Team and 16 Bemidji State student-athletes earned a spot on the WCHA All-Academic Team.
Brady stands as just the second BSU player to be recognized as an All-WCHA First Team honoree, following only Michael Bitzer in 2016-17, since Bemidji State became member of the WCHA for the 2010-11 season, while BSU’s 2019-20 five-player contingent with six awards is the program’s best postseason awards showing.
One of Bemidji State’s top point getters in 2019-20, Brady has established career-highs for points (34), as well as team-best 19 goals and five game-winners. Playing in all of BSU’s 38 games, the Delhi, Ontario native has collected 34 points (19g-15a). A key piece to a BSU power-play that has converted 29 of its 126 opportunities (.230), Brady leads the nation with a program Division I-era single-season record 12 goals on the man advantage. He also tied for fifth among all WCHA players with 28 (15g-13a) points in 28 league contests, while his 15 tallies in WCHA play was second among all players.
Brady recorded at least a point in 24 games, which included eight multi-point efforts and a 10-game point streak stretching from Nov. 1-30, during which he netted 13 points (6g-5a). He was selected as the WCHA November Offensive Player of the Month.
Sillinger earns All-WCHA accolades for the second consecutive season following an All-Rookie team nod a year ago. The Regina, Saskatchewan native has a career-high 34 points (14g-20a) to match Brady for the team’s scoring lead. Seeing time in all 37 games his second season in a Bemidji State sweater, his 20 assists lead the team, while his three power-play goals are second only to Brady. Sillinger came on strong as the season rolled on. He assembled a pair of five-game point streaks and recorded 20 points in 13 games between Jan. 3 and Feb. 22, three times posting three points in a single game.
In 28 league games, Sillinger recorded 27 (9g-18a), while his 18 assists in conference play was tied for second among all WCHA skaters.
Making an appearance in 33 of 37 games as a junior, Driscoll posted a record of 21-8-4 with a 1.63 goals against average and a .937 save percentage in net for the Beavers. He finished among the top 10 goaltenders nationally in several statistical categories including third in goals against average, fifth in save percentage, sixth in wins and is tied for eighth with four shutouts. The senior has piled up 862 saves, which included a career-best 48 stops in a 4-2 win at then-No. 2 Minnesota State University, Jan. 28. He has backstopped a penalty kill unit that ranks second in the nation at .912 and was second among its WCHA counterparts at (.897) in league play, while the team is on pace to set BSU Division I-era records for fewest power-play goals allowed (10) and for penalty-kill success.
Driscoll finished the regular season leading the WCHA in games started (27) and in minutes played (1626:31), while he was second among league goaltenders with 668 saves, a 1.48 goals against average, .944 save percentage and 19 wins, and was tied for second with three shutouts in league play.
Muck, who also earned his first All-WCHA honor, was picked as a second-team defender. The senior co-captain not only stood out as BSU’s top blueliner, he broke out to contribute offensively and on the power play. Seeing time in all 37 games this season, he has established career-highs for goals (4), assists (15) and points (19). Often logging hard minutes versus the oppositions’ top lines and in key situations, Muck led the Beavers with 48 blocked shots, while owning a team-best +15 plus/minus rating. A vital component on special teams, he was a key to success on the power-play and ranks third on the team with 13 points on the man advantage, while playing a significant role of a historically good penalty-kill unit.
In league play, Muck finished fourth among WCHA defensemen with 19 points (4g-15a) in 28 conference games and his 15 helpers ranked fourth for a league blueliner.
Rosén earned a spot on the All-WCHA Third Team as well as being named to the All-Rookie Team. The native of Mora, Sweden is fourth on the team in scoring with 24 points (5g-19a), while sitting second with 19 assists and 14 points (2g-12a) on the man advantage. The rookie assembled a five-game point streak and netted four multi-point games, which included a three-point (1g-2a) night, Nov. 22, to lead BSU to a 7-0 victory versus Alabama-Huntsville. He not only leads all BSU rookies in scoring, he also paced WCHA newcomers and was second among all WCHA blueliners with 22 points in league play (4g-18a).
As a first team forward, Brady is now eligable for 2019-20 WCHA Player of the Year, while Rosén is in the running for Rookie of the Year along with the other six members of the All-Rookie Team.
In addition to honors for performance on the ice, 159 student-athletes, representing all 10 WCHA-member institutions, earned the distinction as members of the men's 2019-20 All-WCHA Academic Team, which included 16 form Bemidji State. BSU student-athletes that earned recognition for academic success were: Alex Adams, Ross Armour, Adam Brady, Charlie Combs, Zach Driscoll, Darby Gula, Alex Ierullo, Brad Johnson, Henry Johnson, Tyler Jubenvill, Tyler Kirkup, Tommy Muck, Owen Sillinger, Hampus Sjödahl, Ethan Somoza, Tyler Vold.
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.
The Beavers, 22-10-5 overall, finished the 2019-20 regular season second in the WCHA standings going 20-5-3-2 versus WCHA competition. BSU clinched the No. 2 seed in the league’s postseason tournament and defeated Lake Superior State University in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series. The Beavers have advance to the semifinal round where they will host Bowling Green State University. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m. Friday to open the series with a 6:07 p.m. start set for Saturday and again Sunday, if a third game is needed to decide the series.
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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).