EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University defenseman Alexis Joyce has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after leading the Beavers to a split in its series against University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 28-29.
Joyce notched an assist against Minnesota Duluth. The Lakeville, Minn. native led the team with five blocked shots to enhance a BSU defense that allowed just three goals in two games and shut out UMD’s power-play unit in five chances.
Joyce leads BSU freshmen with five points (1g, 4a) and ranks fourth nationally with 39 blocked shots.
The honor is the first of Joyce’s career and fourth for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team this season. Fellow defenseman Ivana Bilic was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Oct 1, while goaltender Brittini Mowat earned the same honor twice this season, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.
The Beavers (8-5-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) will have three games next week beginning with an exhibition contest at Sanford Center against Pursuit of Excellence at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday. BSU will return to league play Dec. 5-6 when it hosts rival Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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).