Layne Sedevie named CHA Defensive Player of the Week
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Junior goaltender saves 24 of 25 shots faced in Oct. 29 win at Air Force

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State junior goaltender Layne Sedevie (Bismarck, N.D.) has been named College Hockey America Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in BSU’s series split at Air Force, Oct. 28-29, league officials announced yesterday.

Sedevie saved 24 of 25 shots faced to help BSU garner a split with Air Force in a 2-1 victory on Oct. 29. He improved to 6-1 in his last seven decisions dating back to last year, and turned in the best performance of his career against the Falcons. Entering the series, Sedevie had a career goals-against average of 7.75 and was saving at .778 in two starts against the Falcons.

BSU dropped a 4-3 decision at Air Force on Oct. 28, giving the Beavers their first loss of the 2005-06 season and snapping streaks of 13 consecutive wins and 16 consecutive unbeaten starts in their series with the Falcons. Air Force had not defeated BSU since Jan. 13, 2001. The Beavers bounced back with a 2-1 victory on Oct. 29. BSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period, then used Sedevie’s Player of the Week performance to hold on and garner the split.

The two-game series split moved BSU’s season record to 5-1-0, and leaves the Beavers and Falcons tied atop the CHA standings at 1-1-0.

BSU is ranked No. 18 in the nation by U.S. College Hockey Online this week, and is receiving votes, two spots out of the Top 15, in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Air Force forwards Mike Knaeble and Mike Phillipich were this week’s College Hockey America Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Sedevie’s honor is the fifth CHA Player of the Week award to be won by a BSU skater so far this season. At least one BSU skater has been honored after each of the team’s three weekend series.

It is the second time in Sedevie’s career he has been named CHA Defensive Player of the Week. He was also honored as a freshman on Jan. 12, 2004.

Bemidji State is off this weekend and returns to action Nov. 11-12 with a two-game CHA series at Wayne State (Mich.).