BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior Zach Driscoll has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week following the Beavers’ road series sweep of Michigan Tech Feb. 19-20.
Driscoll turned aside a 2020-21 league series-high 80 of the 82 shots he faced, helping BSU to back-to-back wins for its first-ever series sweep of the Huskies at MacInnes Ice Arena. The Apple Valley, Minn. native posted 47 saves as the Beavers collected a 4-1 victory to open the series Friday before stopping 33 Huskies’ shots on goal in a 2-1 win Saturday. Friday’s save total was just one shy of his career-best, stands as a WCHA season-high and sits sixth-most in the nation this season. It marked his second 40-same performance of 2020-21 following a 40-stop night in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota State, Dec. 19. He also backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that snuffed out six-of-seven Michigan Tech power-play chances to move to 20-of-22 in WCHA play to sit second and 45-of-49 overall to rank second in the country (.918). He finished the weekend 2-0-0, led the league with a .976 save percentage, and his 1.00 goals against average finished just behind Bowling Green’s Eric Dop (0.96) for second.
Driscoll is 8-6-3 on the season. He owns 2.42 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
This marks the third time that Driscoll has been selected for the WCHA Goaltender of the Week award this season, while it marks the ninth weekly honor of his career.
In addition to Driscoll, Lake Superior State University’s Hampus Erickson was selected as the league’s Forward of the Week, while fellow Laker Jacob Nordqvist earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor and University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Tyrone Bronte was tabbed WCHA Rookie of the Week.
The 9-6-3 Beavers are now 4-3-1 in WCHA play. They continue league action this weekend as they battle intrastate rival Minnesota State University in a home-and-home series. The two-game set will get underway with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers and Mavericks travel north to Bemidji, Minn. to wrap up the series with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday at Sanford Center.
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.