BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Two members of the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team have been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association players of the week after helping the Beavers earn a series sweep over St. Cloud State University and tie a program record with their sixth consecutive wins.
Senior Briana Jorde was named the WCHA Defenseman of the Week and redshirt junior Lauren Bench was selected as the WCHA Goaltender of the Week for their efforts during the weekend. For Jorde, it is the first WCHA weekly accolade of her career while Bench earns goaltender of the week for the third time this season and fifth of her career.
Jorde, a native of Thief River Falls, was named the WCHA Defenseman of the Week after tying for the WCHA lead among league defenders by posting two points off of two assists. Jorde tallied both of her assists in Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Huskies for her second career multi-point game while also earning the primary assist on the game-winning goal. She tied for the league lead by going +4 on the ice while also recording four shots on goal and blocking one shot defensively.
Bench, a native of Eagan, earns her third WCHA Goaltender of the Week honor of the season after being one of two goaltenders in the league to post a 2-0-0- record during the weekend. Bench was second in the league by posting a 1.50 goals against average and .930 save percentage behind University of Minnesota’s Sydney Scobee who played in just one game over the weekend. Bench began the weekend by stopping 18-of-19 shots in the Beavers’ 4-1 victory Friday and followed by stopping 22-of-24 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 series finale.
Jorde and Bench join University of Wisconsin’s forward Abby Roque and St. Cloud State’s Klara Hymlarova as WCHA Players of the Week.
The Bemidji State women’s hockey team closes out its first half of the 2019-20 season this weekend by traveling to Schenectady, N.Y., to face Union College for a non-conference series. Puck drop for the Dec. 14-15 series are slated for 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST.
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).