McElhinney garners Defensive Player of the Week honors
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
McElhinney garners Defensive Player of the Week honors
MADISON, Wis. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey goaltender Alana McElhinney (Jr., Calgary, Alberta) was recognized as co-Defenisive Player of the Week by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for her efforts in BSU’s win against then-No. 1 Mercyhurst on Oct. 16.

Making a career-high 56 saves last Saturday, McElhinney backstopped Bemidji State to its first-ever win over a top-ranked team defeating Mercyhurst 5-3 in just the second women’s game ever played at the new Bemidji Regional Event Center. She came through huge between the pipes for BSU, with 16 saves in the first period, 19 in the second and 21 in the third, made numerous odd-man-rush stops and also denied Lakers’ Olympic gold-medal winner Megan Agosta from scoring. Two of the goals conceded were the result of defensive turnovers and one came on a power-play. McElhinney also picked up her second win over a nationally-ranked team and set the school record for most saves in a win.

The honor is the first for McElhinney and is the second to be awarded to Bemidji State this season, with Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., G., Bratislava, Slovakia) earning the title in the first week of play. Earlier this week, McElhinney was also recognized as the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week.

BSU will be back on the ice this weekend as they play host to the Minnesota Whitecaps. Friday’s game will be held in Eveleth, Minn. at 7 p.m. with Saturday’s game being held in Bemidji at 4 p.m.