Beavers capture WCHA Offensive and Defensive honors in same week for first time ever
Monday, February 13, 2006
Feb. 13, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

ST. Paul, Minn. - For the first time in the program’s history, Bemidji State skaters garnered two of the three player of the week honors in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, as BSU women’s players Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden) and Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.) have been named WCHA Offensive player and Defensive player of the Week, respectively. The WCHA office announced the honors earlier today to recognize their efforts following BSU’s weekend series sweep of The Ohio State.

The Beavers completed a sweep of The Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio for the first time in the programs seven year history, capturing 2-1 and 5-4 victories on Feb. 11-12. The sweep was Bemidij State’s second series sweep of the season and its second series sweep in consecutive weekends.

Tageson had 2-1=3 points in BSU’s series sweep of The Ohio State. Tageson’s recorded Bemidji State’s game-winning goal in Friday nights game with just 1:20 left in the contest. Saturday Tageson had a goal and an assist in Bemidji State’s 5-4 win. She scored the go-ahead goal to put the Beavers ahead 3-2 in the third period, and then had an assist on the game-winning goal on Saturday. Friday’s game-winning goal was the second of her career.

Luebke backstopped the Beavers to a sweep at Ohio State with 2-1 and 5-4 wins. The series sweep over The Ohio State was her first career wins over Ohio State and was the first time of her career that she has swept an opponent in a weekend series. Luebke is currently on a three game winning streak the longest win streak of her career at Bemidji State.

Luebke earned her fourth career WCHA Player of the Week award; the last time Luebke garnered this award was on Jan. 10, 2005 after she stopped 52 shots while giving up three goals in a weekend series versus Minnesota. This is the first time Tageson has earned WCHA Player of the Week.

BSU improved to 10-20-2 on the season with the sweep of The Ohio State, and moved to 9-17-0 with 18 points in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Ohio State dropped to 11-14-5, 8-13-3 in WCHA play. Bemidji State moved up to a tie for sixth in the WCHA with Minnesota State and is one point from moving into a tie for fifth place with Ohio State.

The Beavers are off this weekend and return to action Feb. 24-25, as they will host St. Cloud State at the John Glas Fieldhouse. This is the last regular season series for the Beavers before the WCHA playoffs. Friday nights game is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. while Saturday’s contest will start at 2:07 p.m.

WCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: February 6, 2006
Offensive Player of the Week: Helena Tageson, Bemidji State
Defensive Player of the Week: Jill Luebke, Bemidji State
Rookie of the Week: Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin