BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Jessica Havel (Sr., G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Jan. 1-6.
Havel, a goaltender for the BSU women’s ice hockey team, registered her first career shutout with 20 saves, guided the Beavers to their first Saturday win of the season Jan. 5—Bemidji State was previously 0-6-1 on Saturdays—and helped her team salvage a weekend series split with a 2-0 victory at St. Cloud State University. In addition, she backstopped a penalty-kill unit that held the Huskies scoreless on all three of their power-play opportunities.
For her efforts, she was also named Defensive Player of the Week by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Wednesday.
The senior’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks first of her career, while it is the fourth of 2012-13 for the BSU women’s hockey team. She follows Abby Ryplanski (Oct. 24), Emily Erickson (Nov. 21) and Sadie Lundquist (Nov. 28).
On the season, Havel is 3-7-1 with a .876 save percentage and 3.59 goals against average.
Mattson had a hand in each of the BSU men’s hockey team’s goals in a 2-2 tie with No. 7 Western Michigan University Jan. 5. The sophomore recorded a pair of assists, which included a power-play helper. He now leads the team in power-play point production with nine (2g-7a), while he extended his career-high and team-leading assist total to 11.
Mattson currently sits third on the team in scoring with 13 points (2g-11a).
This week’s award also stands as the first of Mattson’s career and the fourth of the season for a member of the BSU men’s hockey team. Mattson follows two-time recipient Andrew Walsh (Oct. 24 and Dec. 19) and Sam Rendle, the Nov. 28 recipient.
The BSU men’s hockey team, now 5-11-4 on the season and 4-7-3 in WCHA play, is in the midst of a week free from competition before jumping back in to WCHA action Jan. 18-19 when the Beavers travel to Houghton, Mich. to face Michigan Tech.
The Bemidji State women’s hockey, 4-14-2 overall and 3-12-2-0 in league play, team returns home this weekend for a duel with Minnesota State, where it will seek its first win at Sanford Center after a 0-9-1 start to the season. The series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday, with the finale set for 4:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).