Kjonaas tabbed NSIC Defensive Player of the Week
Monday, September 19, 2011
Kjonaas tabbed NSIC Defensive Player of the Week
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in net during the first weekend of the conference season (Sept. 17-18), Monday in an announcement from the league office.

Kjonaas posted a pair of shutouts leading the Beavers to a record of 1-0-1 on the weekend recording a total of 16 saves, while holding both opponents scoreless. She turned away four Minnesota, Crookston shots in Saturday’s 2-0 victory before making 12 saves in a 110-minute, double-overtime, scoreless tie at MSU Moorhead on Sunday. The 12-save effort matches a career high.

Including her back-to-back shutouts, Kjonaas has now held opponents scoreless for 246:16 straight minutes dating back to Sept. 11.

Kjonaas is 2-3-1 on the season.  She leads the league in shutouts (2), while she is fifth among her NSIC counterparts in both goals against average (1.11) and saves (40) averaging 6.67 saves per game.

She has four career shutouts.

The conference award marks the first NSIC honor of Kjonaas’ career, while she is the first Bemidji State player to be selected for the weekly award since the league recognized goalkeeper Sam Ross for the laurel Sept. 14 of last season.

Bemidji State wraps up is eight-match road swing to open 2011 this weekend as it travels south for a pair of NSIC contests.  Saturday, the Beavers head to Fayette, Iowa to battle Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m.  The following afternoon (Sept. 25), the team will be in Winona, Minn. to take on Winona State University for another 1 p.m. match.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.