EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University defenseman Alexis Joyce has been selected Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week after aiding the BSU women’s hockey team in a sweep at Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 13-14.
Joyce paced all BSU rookies with three points (three assists) versus Minnesota State. She notched all three assists in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Mavericks. The Lakeville, Minn. native was also instrumental to BSU allowing just three goals in two games (1.50 goals per game) and keeping MSU’s power-play unit off the scoreboard in three opportunities with a team-leading five blocked shots in the series.
Joyce leads Bemidji State’s freshman class with 16 points (4g, 12a), which leads all WCHA freshman defensemen and she ranks second nationally with 106 blocked shots.
This is the third time this season that Joyce has been named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week (Dec. 2, Dec. 16). The honor is the ninth for a BSU player this season, which is a new program record. Joyce joins fellow freshman blue liner Emma Terres (Rookie of the Week, Jan. 20), Brittni Mowat (Defensive Player of the Week, Nov. 4, Nov. 18), Ivana Bilic (Defensive Player of the Week, Oct. 1, Dec. 9) and Lauren Miller (Offensive Player of the Week, Jan. 7) as players that have taken home WCHA accolades this season.
The Beavers, now 18-13-1 overall, 13-12-1 WCHA, will close out the regular season Feb. 20-21 at home against No. 2 University of Minnesota. The games are scheduled for a 2:07 p.m. puck drop each day from Sanford Center.
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).