BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey senior Alexis Joyce and freshman Mak Langei were named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive and Rookie Players of the Month, respectively.
Both earned the monthly award for the first time in their careers.
Joyce, a native of Lakeville, Minn., tied with Langei to lead all WCHA blueliners with six points (3g-3a) during December and tied for fourth overall. She also led the league by going +9 during the month and was on ice for 12 goals compared to just three against. Joyce contributed on the defensive end as well and blocked eight shots and helped the BSU defense hold opponents to just 1.67 goals per game.
One of only three defensemen in Bemidji State history with 70 career points, Joyce ended the month with points in three of her final four contests. She earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after a four-point series (3g-1a) against RIT, sealing the Beavers’ sweep with the game-winning goal in a 3-1 triumph Dec. 9.
Langei, like teammate Alexis Joyce, was a force on both ends of the ice as Bemidji State matched a program-record with five-straight wins to close out December. The freshman led all WCHA skaters with five assists last month, while her six points matched Joyce for the WCHA and NCAA scoring lead among blueliners. Langei tied for third in the WCHA with 12 blocked shots (one behind the co-leaders), helped the Beavers hold opponents to just 1.67 goals per game and led league rookies with a plus-6 rating (tied for second overall).
A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., Langei tallied a point in five-of-six December contests and factored in three game-winning goals (two assists and one goal).
The Beavers’ top defensive pair as well as the entire Bemidji State women’s hockey squad will try to extend its program record six-game winning streak to seven this afternoon with a Wednesday matinee against non-conference opponent, Mercyhurst University. Puck drop for the series finale is slated to begin at 1:07 p.m. 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).