Driscoll caps Bemidji State career with WCHA Goaltender of the Month

Driscoll caps Bemidji State career with WCHA Goaltender of the Month
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Driscoll caps Bemidji State career with WCHA Goaltender of the Month

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior Zach Driscoll has been selected as the  Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Month after helping to lead the Beavers’ to a 6-3-0 markand its first NCAA Regional final in 12 seasons during the month of March.

Driscoll led all WCHA netminders in games played (nine), wins (six), and minutes played (534:27) over the season’s final month. The Apple Valley, Minn., native’s 231 saves topped in the league by more than 50 while his GAA (1.91) and save percentage (.926) ranked second and third, respectively, in the WCHA. In addition, he posted a pair of shutouts and backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that was 29-of-32 in March, which included a string of 15 consecutive opponent power-play opportunities stymied.

Driscoll was 15-10-3 on the season. He owned a 2.32 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in 28 appearances. He led the NCAA with 767 saves in 2020-21.

After four WCHA Goaltender of the Week awards this season and 10 during his BSU career, this marks the first league player of the month honor of his career.

In addition to Driscoll, Lake Superior State University’s Ashton Calder was selected as the league’s Forward of the Month, while Northern Michigan University’s Michael Van Unen earned the Defensive Player of the Month honor and Minnesota State University’s Jake Livingstone was tabbed WCHA Rookie of the Month. 

The Beavers’ 2020-21 season came to an end at 16-10-3 overall after posting an 8-5-1 record in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play to finish fourth. BSU earned a No. 4 seed in the WCHA Playoffs and swept Michigan Technological University in the opening round. After bowing out to eventual champion Lake Superior State in the WCHA semifinal, the Beavers earned their second at-large bit into the NCAA Tournament in program history and netted a 6-3 win over No. 4 University of Wisconsin in the semifinal before its bid for the Frozen Four fell one game short with a loss to eventual national champion University of Massachusetts in the regional final.

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.