Erika Wheelhouse named WCHA Rookie of the Week
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Erika Wheelhouse named WCHA Rookie of the Week

MADISON, Wis. — Freshman defender Erika Wheelhouse (Crookston, Minn.) was recognized by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for her efforts in the Jan. 8-9 weekend against Minnesota State being named Rookie of the Week for the week of Jan. 13.

Wheelhouse contributed two assists, blocked nine shots and helped Bemidji State blank the Mavericks on all nine of their power-play chances in the two-game series. Last Friday (Jan. 8), she set up both of her team’s goals in the second period to stake BSU to a 2-0 lead en route to a 2-2 tie against MSU. She also had two shots on goal and helped hold the Mavericks scoreless on all five power-play attempts.

Then on Saturday (Jan. 9), Wheelhouse was a key contributor defensively as Bemidji State forged a 3-0 victory over MSU despite being outshot, 37-29.

On the season, Wheelhouse is tied for first in scoring among BSU freshmen with nine points (9A) and she has played in all 22 of her team’s games.

The weekly honor is the first of Wheelhouse’s career. It is the fourth time this season that a player from the Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been named a WCHA Player of the Week. Previous awards this season include Zuzana Tomcikova on Dec. 16, Nov. 11 & Oct. 14 and Erin Cody on Dec. 9.

Bemidji State is currently 7-11-4 (6-6-4-3 WCHA) on the season. The Beavers will play host to the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend with game times set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday.

Offensive Player of the Week: Sarah Erickson, So., F, Minnesota
Defensive Players of the Week: Becca Ruegsegger, Fr., G, Wisconsin
Rookie of the Week: Erika Wheelhouse, Fr., D, Bemidji State

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