Vichorek and Walsh named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Vichorek and Walsh named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) and Andrew Walsh (Fr., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 17-23.

Vichorek tallied seven points leading the BSU women’s ice hockey team to a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series sweep versus St. Cloud State University with 2-5=7 points and carried a plus/minus rating of +5. The senior defenseman tied the school record for points in a game (six) with two power-play goals and four assists as the Beavers picked up an 8-1 victory over the Huskies Friday night. Vichorek also tied the mark for most assists in a game (4) and set the mark for most assists by a defenseman. Saturday, she added an assist in BSU 5-2 victory and was +1 on the night.  

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of the season for Vichorek and marks the third occasion a member of the BSU women’s hockey team has been recognized during the 2011-12 campaign. She follows Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.), who garnered the Oct. 12 award, while Emily Erickson (Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) was the recipient of last week’s honor.

Walsh was thrust into his collegiate debut Oct. 21-22 and responded by leading the Bemidji State men’s ice hockey team to a pair of victories versus Michigan Tech. The newcomer got his first appearance in the green and white Friday (Oct. 21), inserted into the line with his team trailing 3-1 late in the first period.  Walsh went on to collect 17 saves and allowed two late goals, but earned the 6-5 victory. He then got his first start between the pipes on Saturday (Oct. 22) night, turning away 31 of 32 shots on goal and leading Bemidji State to a 3-1 triumph. Walsh finished the weekend with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage with 48 saves in 107:11 between the pipes. Named the No. 3 star Friday and the No. 2 star on Saturday, he also proved to be a vital cog in a penalty-kill unit that held MTU scoreless on all seven of its power-play opportunities.

The honor is the first of Walsh’s career and marks the first time a member of the BSU men’s hockey team has been honored in 2011-12.

For his success, he was also named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday.

The BSU men’s hockey team (3-3-0; 2-2-0 WCHA) is back on the road this weekend as it travels east to Duluth, Minn. and AMSOIL Arena to battle the defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1; 0-2-2 WCHA).  The series is set to begin 7:07 p.m. Friday.

The BSU women’s hockey team (5-1-2; 2-1-1-1 WCHA) looks to continue its hot start this weekend as it hosts the University of Minnesota for a WCHA two-game set. The Golden Gophers (7-1-0; 5-1-0-0) come in as the second-ranked team in the nation. Both games will be played at Sanford Center.