Beavers add pair of goaltenders for 2012-13 season
Monday, May 21, 2012
Beavers add pair of goaltenders for 2012-13 season

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team announced the addition of a pair of goaltenders for the 2012-13 season via the regular signing period. The Beavers signed transfer Abby Ryplanski (G, Winnipeg, Manitoba) from Niagara University to a Financial Aid Agreement. Ryplanski joins BSU after Niagara disbanded its women’s hockey program following the 2011-12 campaign. In addition, Alexane Rodrigue (G, Monkland, Ontario) signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Bemidji State. Both players will help aid BSU as they look to replace All-America selection Zuzana Tomcikova and Alana McElhinney between the pipes.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Alexane Rodrigue • Goaltender • Catches Left • 5-9
Monkland, Ontario • Ontario Hockey Academy

Rodrigue played in the crease for the Ontario Hockey Academy Intermediate AA Gold squad in 2010 and 2011. She helped lead the Mavericks to gold medals at the McGill University Tournament and National Hockey Academy Tournament in 2011 and the Manon Rheaume, Stoney Creek and Can-Am Kitchener Tournaments in 2010. Before enrolling at Ontario Hockey Academy, Rodrigue attended La Citadelle High School where she played in 2009 and helped lead the squad to the Ontario Federeation of Schools Athletic Association championship. She participated in the Ontario U18 Final Selection Camp in 2010 and 2011.

“We are very excited to have Alexane Rodrigue join our Bemidji State Hockey family,” said Assistant Coach Shane Veenker. “We believe Alexane’s biggest strength is her consistency. She is an outstanding controlled first save goaltender and exhibits a level of calmness during highly stressful times on the ice that will translate well into playing in the competitive WCHA.  She is another outstanding student-athlete exhibited by her success in the classroom and comes from a great program that is being built by Giles Lascelle at Ontario Hockey Academy. We know that Alexane will use the tremendous legacy we have had most recently at the goaltender position as a standard and as motivation.  Bemidji State University, the community of Bemidji, and fans of BSU women’s hockey are going to enjoy watching and getting to know Alexane Rodrigue.

Personal: Alexane Florence Rodrigue...Born Dec. 17, 1994 in Ottawa, Ontario...Daughter of Paul and Manon Rodrigue.

“I really enjoyed the coaching staff and the players when I visited Bemidji State,” Rodrigue said. “They were all very nice people and made me feel at home. I was also very impressed with the Sanford Center and the opportunity to play in the WCHA.”

Abby Ryplanski • Goaltender • Catches Left • 5-4
Winnipeg, Manitoba • Niagara University

Niagara University
Ryplanski split time as the starter in net as a freshman for the Purple Eagles. She started 19 games for Niagara and posted a 2.36 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Ryplanski accumulated 422 saves in net for Niagara. Ryplanski put up a blank slate in a 1-0 win over Colgate University Nov. 5. She posted an overall mark of 5-9-3 in between the pipes. Ryplanski will be entering Bemidji State as a sophomore.

Balmoral Hall School
Attended Balmoral Hall Prep in Winnipeg which also produced current BSU players Tess Dusik and Emily McKnight. As a senior, Ryplanski went 8-7-2 while posting a .937 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average and 579 saves. She was a 2011 Elizabeth Turgeon Player of the Year nominee given to the top player in the Junior Women’s Hockey League. In addition, Ryplanski was named to the JHWL Second All-Star Team. She was a member of Team Manitoba from 2009-11 and competed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

“We are excited to be able to bring a goaltender with Division I experience like Abby has,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “Not only is she a solid goaltender but she is a top notch student-athlete who comes from a great family. Abby will be a great addition for our team and to the Bemidji community.”

Personal: Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba...Daughter of Ted and Sherry Ryplanski.

*Pieces of Ryplanski’s bio are courtesy of Niagara University’s athletic communications department