Women’s hockey hands out annual team awards
Monday, March 28, 2011
Women’s hockey hands out annual team awards
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team handed out its annual team awards during the end of the year banquet on Sunday at the Sanford Center. It was no surprise that one of the program’s best players in Erin Cody (Sr., Fwd., Roseville, Minn.) walked away with the most hardware.

Cody was honored as this years’ Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player. She became the first player in school history to record multiple seasons of scoring at least 20 goals. Scoring on Feb. 18 against Ohio State, Cody netted her 20th goal of the season, marking back-to-back seasons to put up 20 goals. Cody became the third player in program history to record 100-career points. Her 100th point came en route to her second career hat trick as she scored all three goals in a 4-3 defeat to Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 28.

Cody also received additional conference honors this season being named to the All-WCHA Third Team and garnering All-Academic and Scholar Athlete honors. She was also named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3, 2010 after having a hand in seven goals in a weekend sweep against St. Cloud State.

Freshman Allie Duellman (Def., Maplewood, Minn.) was awarded as the team’s Rookie of the Year. Duellman played in 30 games for the Beavers this past season. She picked up her first collegiate goal on Nov. 26, 2010 against Ohio State, she later added an assist on Dec. 3, 2010, helping on the game winner to defeat then-No. 7 Minnesota. With her help on the blue line the Beaver defense recorded a total of 634 blocked shots.

Lauren Williams (Jr., Fwd., Eagan, Minn.) picked up the award for the Most Improved Player. Coming into the 2010-11 season, Williams had only one assist to her name. This past year saw her score three goals and tally two assists. She scored her first collegiate goal on Jan. 22 against Minnesota State. She would later add a goal against Ohio State on Feb. 18 and another huge goal in a 3-0 victory over North Dakota in game two of the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

The Defensive Player of the Year award was given to Marlee Wheelhouse (Jr., Def., Crookston, Minn.). Wheelhouse played in all 35 games for BSU this season. She scored her first goal of the season on Feb. 5 against No. 1 Wisconsin to tie and send the game into overtime. She later scored in game three of the first round of the playoffs against North Dakota. She also recorded eight assists on the season. Her efforts on the blue line also helped cement the fewest goals any BSU team has allowed in a single season with 88, beating last year’s mark of 98.

Each year the team gives out the Beaver Award, given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of Beaver Hockey, on the ice, off the ice and in the classroom. This year’s award was given to Alana McElhinney (Jr., G., Calgary, Alberta), in large part to her work ethic she brings, whether its at practice, in the locker room, in the weight room or in the classroom. Early in the season, McElhinney backstopped BSU to one of the biggest victories in school history. On Oct. 16, 2010 she made 56 saves defeating then-No. 1 Mercyhurst, the first time Bemidji State has ever defeated a top ranked team. Because of her attitude and work ethic, McElhinney was also voted by her teammates to be one of the three captains for next season.

Along with McElhinney, Wheelhouse and Montana Vichorek (Jr., Def., Moose Lake, Minn.) were voted to be captains for next season by the team.

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