Bemidji State trio earn All-WCHA honors

Bemidji State trio earn All-WCHA honors
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Bemidji State trio earn All-WCHA honors

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Three Bemidji State University men’s hockey team members have been selected for All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. Sophomore defenseman Elias Rosén was named to the All-WCHA First Team, while Zach Driscoll was picked as the Third Team goaltender and freshman Lukas Sillinger earned a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie squad. In addition, 18 Bemidji State student-athletes earned a spot on the WCHA All-Academic Team.

Rosen stands as just the third BSU player to be recognized as an All-WCHA First Team honoree since BSU became a member of the WCHA for the 2010-11 season, following only Adam Brady last winter and Michael Bitzer in 2016-17.

Despite missing four games due to injury, Rosén has again been a consistent force for the Beavers. He opens the WCHA postseason leading all BSU defenders and is tied for fifth on the team with 12 points (4g-8a). His eight helpers placed his third on the team, while his nine points (2g-7a) in league play tops all WCHA blueliners. A member of the Beavers’ top power-play unit, the Mora, Sweden native ranks third on the team with four points (1g-3a) on the man advantage. A Third Team and All-Rookie Team selection a year ago, his 18 blocked shots this season ranks fourth on the team.

Rosén has at least one point in 10 of the 20 games he has appeared in during the 2020-21 season, which includes two multi-point performances and a four-game point streak (1g-3) stretching from Jan. 22 to Feb. 6.

A 2019-20 All-WCHA Second Team pick, Driscoll has made an appearance in 23-of-24 games as a senior. The Apple Valley, Minn. native 12-8-3 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in net for the Beavers. He finished among the top 20 goaltenders nationally in several statistical categories including ranking third in saves (630) and seventh in wins (12). The senior has twice recorded more than 40 saves in a game this season, which includes a 47-save victory over Michigan Tech (Feb. 19). A four-time WCHA Goaltender of the Week in 2020-21, he has backstopped a penalty kill unit that leads the country at .929 and at .930 in league play, sits atop the league’s penalty-kill list.

Driscoll finished the regular season second in the WCHA in shutouts (2), wins (7), and in minutes played (786:32), while paced the league with 334 saves in WCHA play.

Sillinger earned a spot on the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan is fourth on the team in scoring with 13 points (5g-8a), while his eight assists equals Rosén for third on the team. The rookie is a regular on BSU’s power-play unit and sits fifth on the team with three points (2g-1a) on the man advantage, while his two power-play goals ranks only behind older brother Owen Sillinger (4). He not only leads all BSU rookies in scoring, he is tied for second amongst WCHA newcomers and his seven points (2g-5a) in league play was good for fourth among WCHA newcomers.

In addition to honors for performance on the ice, 163 student-athletes, representing all 10 WCHA-member institutions, earned the distinction as members of the men's 2020-21 All-WCHA Academic Team, which included 18 from Bemidji State to rank only behind Bowling Green (23) and Minnesota State (20).. BSU student-athletes that earned recognition for academic success were: Alex Adams, Ross Armour, Brad Belisle, Michael Carr, Zach Driscoll, Darby Gula, Alex Ierullo, Brad Johnson, Carter Jones, Tyler Jubenvill, Tyler Kirkup, Kyle Looft, Elias Rosén, Owen Sillinger, Sam Solensky, Ethan Somoza, Tyler Vold and Will Zmolek.

To be recognized as a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team, member team student-athletes must meet the following criteria: 1) have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year; and 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

The 13-8-3 Beavers completed the WCHA season 8-5-1 to finish fourth in the league’s standings and earned right to host the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Beavers welcome Michigan Technological University (17-10-1; 7-7-0 WCHA) in a best-of-three series for the right to advance to the semifinal round March 20-21. The series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday, with a 6:07 opening faceoff Saturday and a 5:07 p.m. puck drop Sunday, if needed.

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.