BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Owen Sillinger has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week and defender Elias Rosén has been named Rookie of the Week for their roles in Beavers’ league series sweep of Ferris State University, Jan. 3-4.
Sillinger recorded a team-high five points in the series. The sophomore recorded the first multi-assist game of his 58-game BSU career Friday assisting on three of the Beavers’ five goals, including the game-winner and a short-handed goal to put the game out of reach. Saturday, he added a goal and an assist in the Beavers’ 4-1 victory to seal the sweep. He helped get the Beavers on the board on a Tommy Muck power-play goal in the first period and scored his seventh goal of the season late. He finished the weekend as the WCHA’s leading scorer, tied for the nation’s top-scoring honors and tied Rosén with four assists to lead the nation. He posted a team-high +5 plus/minus rating and was the team’s top face-off man winning 34 of 55 attempts (.636).
The Regina, Saskatchewan native’s is third on the Bemidji State roster with 15 points (7g-8a).
This is Sillinger’s third career WCHA weekly award. He was selected as the rookie of the week twice (11/26/2018 and 2/11/2019) in 2018-19.
Rosén logged back-to-back two-assist nights to lead in the Beavers’ series with Ferris State. The rookie defender helped get the Beavers on the board with an assist just over four minutes into the game Friday and added a second assist to put the game out of reach midway through the third period. Saturday, he collected two-third-period helpers, including one on the power play, in a 4-1 victory. His four-assist weekend pulls him into a tie for the team’s assist scoring lead with 11 and is second on the team with seven points (7a) on the man advantage. He finished the weekend as the nation’s top-scoring rookie and tied for the scoring lead among WCHA bluliners.
This is Rosén’s second WCHA weekly award. He also earned rookie of the week recognition Nov. 25.
In addition to Sillinger and Rosén, Bowling Green State University’s Alec Rauhauser was named as the league’s defenseman of the week and Nolan Kent, of Northern Michigan University, earned the goaltender of the week honor.
The Beavers, now 10-7-3 overall and 10-3-1-0 in league play, hit the road for a two-game set at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The WCHA series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Thursday, while the series finale is set for 7:37 p.m. Friday. Both games will take place at the VonBraun Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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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.