BEMIDJI, Minn. – Sophomore Haley Mack and senior Alexis Joyce were named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after leading the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team to a non-conference series sweep of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Mack was selected as the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week while Joyce earned defensive honors.
Mack tied for the WCHA lead in goals (3) and points (5) and posted her first career two-goal game, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-2 win, Dec. 8. The East Grand Forks, Minn., native finished the night with three points after adding an assist and followed by posting a goal and assist in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.
Mack factored in on five of the teams eight goals over the weekend and was a key member of both power play and penalty kill units by tallying two power-play points (1g-1a) and scored a short-handed goal. Mack also led the league with 15 shots on net and tied for the league lead by going +4 over the weekend.
Joyce led all WCHA blueliners by posting four points (3g-1a) against the Tigers and tied for the league lead in goals. The Lakeville, Minn., native began the weekend by posting her second career three-point game with two goals and an assist, Friday. Joyce followed by scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.
The senior defenseman moved into second in goals by a defenseman at Bemidji State by tallying the 20th goal of her career Saturday, surpassing Montana Vichorek. Joyce also went +2 over the weekend and totaled five shots on goal and four blocks.
Mack and Joyce join Jacqueline Kaasa, Mak Langei and Erin Deters as weekly award winners this season.
University of Minnesota freshman Grace Zumwinkle was tabbed the league’s Rookie of the Week after their series with University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Beavers jump back into league play this weekend by hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato at Sanford Center, Dec. 15-16.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).