BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University defender Tommy Muck has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for his role in Beavers’ league series sweep at University of Alabama-Huntsville, Jan. 9-10.
Muck helped lead the Beavers to the series sweep logging four points, which included the second three-assist night of his collegiate career. The senior recorded an assist on the power-play late in a 3-1 victory Thursday. Friday, he had a hand in three of the Beavers’ four goals, which included helpers on a pair of power-play tallies. He also set up Adam Brady’s game-winner at the 15:26 park of the third period to complete a two-goal, third-period comeback and tilt the series in favor of BSU. He powered a BSU power-play unit that completed the series 3-for-9 (.333) with a helper on all three power-play goals. He finished the weekend leading all Beavers and matching three others for top WCHA point-scoring honors with four (4a), while he was tied for tied for first among defenders across the country in points scoring and assists. He carried a +2 plus/minus rating and posted a team-high six blocked shots. In BSUs last four games, he has six points (1g-5a).
Muck now has six points (1g-5a) in BSU’s last four games.
This is Muck’s third career WCHA weekly award. He was selected as the defensive player of the week Nov. 25 this season and earned the league’s rookie of the week honor Feb. 6, 2017.
In addition to Muck, Northern Michigan University’s Vincent de May was named as the league’s offensive player of the week and Nolan Kent earned the goaltender of the week honor, while Minnesota State University freshman, Lucas Sowder, was voted rookie of the week.
The Beavers, winners of their last four games, are 12-7-3 overall and 12-3-1-0 in WCHA play to hold down second in the league standings with 37 points. BSU returns to Sanford Center this weekend to host Michigan Tech. The two-game series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday with a 6:07 p.m. opening face-off set for Saturday.
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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.