EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University defender Zach Whitecloud has been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week honors following a two-point collegiate debut weekend versus No. 15 Bowling Green State University, Oct. 7-8.
Whitecloud had an impressive debut weekend, factoring heavily in Bemidji State's power play and on the blue line as the Beavers posted a sweep over a nationally-ranked Bowling Green team. Playing on the Beavers' top power-play unit, the freshman from Brandon, Manitoba scored BSU's first goal of the season at the 6:15 mark of the first period Friday – setting the stage for a 2-1 victory. Saturday, he earned an assist on the man advantage for Bemidji State's final goal in a 4-1 triumph. Whitecloud finished the weekend with four blocked shots, helping BSU hold the Falcons to just two goals.
This marks the Beavers’ first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and the first of Whitecloud’s career.
The Beavers, now 2-0-0 overall and in WCHA play, heads west for its first road trip of the 2016-17 season Oct. 14-15, when to team travels to Marquette, Mich. for a league matchup with Northern Michigan University.
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).