EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Nate Arentz has been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week honors following a two-game series at University of Alaska Anchorage, Jan. 8-9.
Arentz led Bemidji State to a WCHA road sweep with three points (2g-aa) in a pair of wins at Alaska Anchorage. Both his goals came short-handed (tied for tops among all NCAA players), including the game-winning marker Saturday. The junior from Lakeville, Minn. scored his first career short-handed goal during Friday’s BSU victory, and then factored in two of the Beavers’ five third-period goals en route to a 5-1 triumph Saturday. Arentz assisted on BSU’s first score of the stanza, while his shorty at the 8:20 mark gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead and stood as the game-winning goal.
This is Arentz’ first WCHA weekly honor of the 2015-16 season and second career accolade.
Arentz has eight points this season (4g-4a) and leads all current BSU players with two short-handed goals in 2015-16.
The Beavers, now 8-9-4 overall and 7-8-3 in WCHA play, look to extend their four-game unbeaten streak to open the calendar year this weekend when they host NCAA Division I newcomer Arizona State University at Sanford Center. The series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff set for the series final Saturday.
Tickets are still available for the series and can be purchased at the Sanford Center Box Office. Fans attending Saturday’s game are invited to bring their skates and stick around to ‘Skate with the Beavers’ following the game.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University 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).