This is the first-career honor for Vichorek, and the first rookie of the week award for a Beaver this season.
In Saturday’s matchup with the Buckeyes, Vichorek was instrumental in helping the home green and white jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. Bemidji State scored two power-play markers in the first period, and Vichorek set up both goals from the point. This was the first time this year that BSU has scored more than one power-play goal in a game.
The lead would prove sufficient as the Beavers would take the game 3-1.
BSU tied Ohio State 3-3 Friday night, and Vichorek recorded a career- and game-high nine blocks in the contest. She finished her award-winning weekend with a team-high 10 blocks, two points (0g-2a) and a +/- rating of 0.
Vichorek is currently the fourth-leading scoring freshman defenseman in the WCHA with her 10 points (1g-9a), and she is 14th overall amongst all conference defenders. She is tied for first on the team in assists, and is the first Beaver to eclipse the 10-point mark since 2005-06.
The Beavers have now equaled their player of the week production from all of last season, as left winger Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) was named offensive player of the week Jan. 14, and goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) won the defensive player of the week award the three weeks prior.
Vichorek has been a huge reason why BSU has started 2009 with a 5-2-1 record, and the Beavers will take all their recent momentum into Ralph Engelstad Arena where the University of North Dakota awaits for two huge conference tilts Jan. 30-31. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m., respectively.
WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: January 28, 2009
Offensive Player of the Week: Jocelyne Larocque, University of Minnesota Duluth
Defensive Player of the Week: Angie Keseley, University of Wisconsin
Rookie of the Week: Montana Vichorek, Bemidji State University
About Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students annually, the university offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The university is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding.
For further information about the university, visit our Web site at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu.