Beaver Pride tabs McElhinney and Lehrke Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Beaver Pride tabs McElhinney and Lehrke  Athletes of the Week
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Alana McElhinney (So., G, Calgary, Alberta) and Tyler Lehrke (Sr., F, Park Rapids, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 8-14.

McElhinney backstopped the BSU women’s ice hockey team to a weekend split with University of North Dakota, allowing one goal all weekend. In Friday’s series opener, she made 36 saves before the Fighting Sioux netted their first goal of the game at the 14:28 mark of the third period. McElhinney went to the bench for an extra attacker, but BSU came up short and UND scored an empty netter with three seconds remaining in the game to claim a 2-0 victory. On Saturday night in Grand Forks, N.D., McElhinney posted a 17-save shutout to give the Beavers two valuable points to stay in the hunt for a home-playoff berth.

In BSU’s three most recent games, McElhinney has allowed just one goal, while making 89 saves en route to a pair of shutouts. During that span, the sophomore has a .989 save percentage and a 0.34 goals against average.

This marks the second consecutive week that McElhinney has been selected a Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week, while it stands as the sixth time this season a member off the women’s hockey team has been honored by the organization.  

Lehrke led the BSU men’s ice hockey team with five points in a series split at Robert Morris University.  The senior posted a career-high four points in the 5-2 victory in the series finale. His two-goal night matched a career-best, while his two helpers set a new career mark for the fourth-year player.   Lehrke also netted a power-play goal late in the third period of Friday evening’s 5-2 loss. His five-point weekend matches his scoring output for the entire 2008-09 season.

The Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the first of Lehrke’s career, while he stands as the ninth time this season a member of the BSU men’s hockey team has been selected for the award.

The BSU women’s hockey team (10-15-7; 8-10-7-3 WCHA) will wrap up the regular season this weekend as the Beavers play host to the University of Minnesota Duluth. The games will decide BSU’s final position in the WCHA standings and will have major implications for the league’s playoffs. The Beavers and Bulldogs are slated to meet at 2:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Bemidji State (19-7-2; 11-3-0 CHA) enters its final home weekend of the 2009-10 season needing just one point to clinch its third consecutive College Hockey America regular-season title.  The Beavers host Niagara University (7-16-4; 2-7-2 CHA) for the two-game set, which begins Friday at 7;05 p.m.  Saturday, the Beavers say goodbye to the John S. Glas Fieldhouse after calling it home for the last 43 years.  The final game in “The Glas” is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m.