EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Brendan Harms has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Beavers to a WCHA series sweep over Northern Michigan University, Nov. 18-19.
Harms had a hand in six of Bemidji State’s seven goals in a series sweep of Northern Michigan, leading all NCAA skaters with five assists and tying for the national lead with six points. The senior from Steinbach, Manitoba. etched his name in the WCHA record book with four assists in the first period alone Saturday night, marking just the 10th time in the league’s 65-year history a player tallied four helpers in one period. One of those assists came on the game-winner as the now-No. 10/12 Beavers completed the sweep with a 5-2 victory. In Friday night’s 2-1, series-opening win, Harms factored in both goals – scoring the tying marker at the 12:08 mark of the first period, before assisting on the winner at 15:23.
In addition to Harms, Minnesota State University, Mankato goaltender Jason Pawloski was named defensive player of the week and Ferris State University goalie Justin Kapelmaster earned the league's rookie of the week honor.
This marks the fourth WCHA award of Harms’ collegiate career and the Beavers’ sixth league award of the 2016-17 season. Harms follows last week’s defensive player of the week, Michael Bitzer, who also earned the Oct. 17 and Oct. 31 awards, freshman Zack Whitecloud, who was named rookie of the week following his collegiate debut, Oct. 7-8, and Phillip Marinaccio, the Nov. 7 WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.
The Beavers, now 11-2-1 overall, step away from WCHA play to host Princeton University, Nov. 25-26. The opening faceoff for each game is set for 7:07 p.m. at Sanford Center. Tickets are still available for both games of the series. Stop by the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window to reserve your seat today.
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.