BEMIDJI, Minn. – A trio of Bemidji State University women’s hockey players have been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Players of the Week, powered by GoodWood Hockey, after the Beavers’ sweep of Minnesota State University, Mankato this past weekend.
Freshman Clair DeGeorge was tabbed the WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week while redshirt freshman Lauren Bench earned defensive honors and freshman Paige Beebe was named the Rookie of the Week.
DeGeorge led the WCHA and nation by tallying four assists, including a career-high three on Saturday to earn her first career league honor. The Anchorage, Alaska native led the nation in assists and posted her first career three-point game Saturday. She also led the nation by going +5 against the Mavericks and totaled seven shots on goal. DeGeorge is currently tied for second on the team with 15 points (3g-12a) and is third among league freshmen in assists.
Liz Schepers of Ohio State University was also named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week after their series with Mercyhurst University.
Bench earns her first career weekly nod after helping the Beavers sweep Minnesota State by earning two wins in the crease and posting a 1.00 goals against average and .951 save percentage. The Eagan, Minn., native was the only goaltender in Division I to record two wins over the weekend and was the league leader in GAA and save percentage. She stopped a total of 39-of-41 shots by the Mavericks including posting her second career shutout with a 20-save performance, Saturday.
Beebe tied with DeGeorge for the league lead in points this weekend by recording a goal and three assists against the Mavericks. She began the week by recording an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win and followed with her first career three-point game with a goal and two assists, Saturday. The Blaine, Minn., native finished the weekend by going +3 and tallying six shots on goal and is eighth on the team with nine points (5g-4a) this season.
Bemidji State will enjoy some time off for the holidays and return to action Jan. 2-3 to host Mercyhurst for a non-conference series at Sanford Center.
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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).