BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University junior Zach Driscoll and sophomore Owen Sillinger have been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week awards following the Beavers’ series sweep of Northern Michigan University, Feb. 14-15.
Driscoll turned aside 56 of the 59 shots he faced, helping BSU to its sixth WCHA series sweep of the season. Driscoll made 21 saves in Friday’s 5-0 victory to collect his third shutout of the season. Saturday, The Apple Valley, Minn. helped BSU extend its winning streak to five games posting 27 stops in a 5-1 win. In addition, he backstopped a penalty-kill unit that held the NMU power play without a goal in four attempts on the man advantage. He finished the weekend 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA to rank second in the nation, while is .980 save percentage tied him for the nation’s lead.
Driscoll is 17-6-3 on the season. His 1.65 goals against average is second in the country, while his .941 save percentage ranks fourth.
This is Driscoll’s sixth career WCHA Goaltender of the Week nod, which includes three this season.
Sillinger had a hand in six of the Beavers’ 10 goals in the series as the Beavers swept the Wildcats. With a goal and five assists, he not only led BSU and the WCHA in scoring, he tied for the top spot among skaters across the nation. The Regina, Saskatchewan native opened the series with a three-assist night. Saturday, he contributed a pair of assists, including one on the game-winning goal, and an empty-net goal to put the game out of reach. He finished the weekend with three assists on the power-play for a unit that finished the weekend 4-for-8. In addition, he was +3 and had a blocked shot.
This marks Sillinger’s second Forward of the Week honor and is his fifth career WCHA weekly award.
In addition to the BSU duo, Michigan Technological University’s Colin Swoyer was selected as the league’s Defensive Player of the and Bowling Green State University’s T.J. Lloyd was named WCHA Rookie of the Week.
The Beavers, now 18-8-4 overall and 18-4-2-1 in WCHA play, pulled to within five points of first-place Minnesota State University, Mankato with four games to go in the regular season. BSU will travel to Anchorage, Alaska for a two-game series with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Feb. 21 and 22. The series will get underway at 10:07 p.m. (CT) Friday before an 8:07 p.m. opening faceoff in the series finale 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.