EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Markus Gerbrandt has been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week honors following a four-point weekend at the North Star College Cup, Jan. 30-31.
Gerbrandt led Bemidji State to the North Star College Cup championship game with a WCHA-high four points (2g-2a) – including a career high-tying three in the Beavers’ semifinal victory over then-No. 20 Minnesota. The senior from Edmonton, Alberta had a hand in three of BSU’s goals in a 4-2 defeat of the Gophers, while scoring the game-winning marker on the power play with 3:54 remaining in regulation. Gerbrandt also assisted on the Beavers’ first goal of the game and added an empty-netter for the final margin. He added an assist in the championship.
This is Gerbrandt’s first WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and second career accolade.
Gerbrandt has 19 points this season (5g-14a), which includes a career-high 14 assists.
BSU, now 11-11-5 overall, continues nonconference play after a week free of competition. The Beavers travel to University of Minnesota Duluth for a rare Tuesday matchup with the Bulldogs. The opening faceoff for the game originally scheduled for Oct. 9 is set for 7:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.
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).