Bauerfeld earns Offensive Player of Week honors
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
MADISON, Wisc. - Annie Bauerfeld (So., Woodbury, Minn.) recorded four points (2g, 2a) this past weekend to help lead the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to its first 2008-09 win and sweep in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and for her efforts the league announced today that she has been named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

This is the second-career player of the week honor for the second-year forward, as she was named Rookie of the Week almost exactly one year ago Jan. 15, 2008.

In Friday’s 2-1 triumph over Minnesota State University in the friendly confines of John Glas Fieldhouse, Bauerfeld assisted on BSU’s first goal and scored her first-career game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the second period.

She notched the first goal of Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing of the Mavericks and assisted on the third marker of the game. In addition to her four points, Bauerfeld also fired 10 shots on goal in the series and earned a +3 plus/minus rating. She also improved her plus/minus rating to a team-best +0 for the season.

Bauerfeld has already equaled her marks of last season with five goals and five assists for 10 points to rank third on the team in scoring. She now has five multi-point games during her career, and three of them have come against Minnesota State.

This is the first offensive player of the week honor for a Beaver since Kate Robinson (2003-07) won the award Jan. 9, 2007.

Goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Fr., Bratislava, Slovakia) was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on three-straight occasions prior to Bauerfeld’s honor, and this is the first time in school history that a BSU player has earned a player of the week honor on four-straight occasions.

Bauerfeld becomes the second player in school history to earn both an offensive player of the week and rookie of the week honor in a career. Amber Fryklund (2000-03) earned two rookie of the week awards and one offensive player of the week honor in her career.

The four player of the week honors for Bemidji State is one shy of last years’ mark that saw a BSU player earn a player of the week five times.

Bauerfeld has helped lead Bemidji State to its second-longest win streak in school history at four games, and BSU will be looking to keep the recent momentum going when the team travels to Ridder Arena Jan. 16-17 to take on the No. 2-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (19-2-1, 14-1-1 WCHA). The two teams will take the ice at 6:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., respectively.

WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: January 14, 2009
Offensive Player of the Week: Annie Bauerfeld, Bemidji State University
Defensive Player of the Week: Kim Martin, University of Minnesota Duluth
Rookie of the Week: Jocelyne Lamoureux, University of Minnesota

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.

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