Hunt earns WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Hunt earns WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor
MADISON, Wis. -- The Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (WCHA) announced today that Bemidji State University defenseman Brad Hunt (Sr., Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) has been selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Beavers to a three-point weekend at St. Cloud State University Dec. 2-3.

A 5-9, 175-pound senior, Hunt had a hand in three goals, including two deciding markers, in the St. Cloud State series.  He contributed a pair of assists, including one on teammate Aaron McLeod’s game-tying goal at 13:23 of the third period, in the 6-6 draw last Friday as Bemidji State came back from a pair of two-goal deficits. Hunt’s second assist in that game moved him into a tie with BSU great Matt Read atop the Beavers’ Division I-era assists list with 78. In the series finale, Hunt helped the Beavers to the 3-1 win, while achieving a personal milestone. He scored his third goal of the season, the eventual game-winning goal, at 11:55 of the first period to register the 100th point of his collegiate career (22g, 78a). He becomes just the six defender in the 56-year history of the BSU hockey program to score 100 points. In addition to his
three points, Hunt tied for the team lead with four blocked shots on the weekend and finished the series with a +1 plus/minus rating.

Through 16 games played this season, Hunt is Bemidji State’s top scorer with 14 points (3g, 11a).

The WCHA laurel marks the first of Hunt’s career and the second occasion the league has selected a member of the Beavers for its weekly honor in 2011-12.  He follows freshman goaltender Andrew Walsh (Dawson Creek, British Columbia), who garnered the award Oct. 25.

In addition to Hunt, the league named University of North Dakota forward Brock Nelson its Offensive Player of the Week, while Brendan O’Donnell, also of North Dakota, earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week award.

Bemidji State (6-8-2; 4-6-2 WCHA) returns home to Sanford Center this weekend for their final six games of the calendar year.  The homestand begins as the Beavers host University of Denver (6-5-3; 4-3-3 WCHA) in Bemidji, Minn. for the first time.  The WCHA series versus the Pioneers is set to get underway at 7:37 p.m. Dec. 9 with the series finale slated for 7:07 p.m. Dec. 10.