Vichorek named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Vichorek named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
MADISON, Wis. -  Bemidji State University defenseman Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week laurels after playing a part in a BSU record five power-play goals (1g, 4a) in a 6-1 victory Saturday over St. Cloud State University. The weekly award is the second of her career for Vichorek who was selected WCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 28, 2009. Vichorek only played in one game last weekend as she returned to the team Satuday after visiting University of Colorado-Denver’s campus Friday for an interview for pharmacy school. Vichorek has been the anchor of BSU’s top power-play unit for the entire season.

Vichorek’s out put of one goal and four assists was good for second all-time for most points in a single time, just one point under Vichorek’s career-best six points tallied Oct. 21 against St. Cloud State at Sanford Center. Vichorek joins Erika Wheelhouse (Oct. 12, Nov. 30) and Zuzana Tomcikova (Oct. 5, Feb. 15) as players to be selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week this season. Rachael Kelly (Nov. 2, Jan. 11) has also been recognized by the conference office this season as WCHA Rookie of the Week. The seven conference honors ties a school record for weekly honors set during the 2006-07 season.

Vichorek has had a record-setting senior season for the Beavers as she is now the all-time leader for assists by a defenseman at BSU (59). Vichorek has also set the Bemidji State record for most assists in a season (23), most assists by a defenseman in a season (23) and points by a defenseman in a season (31). In addition, Vichorek is in the top 10 at BSU in several other categories including; points (9th), power-play goals (t-5th), assists (4th), points by a defenseman (2nd), goals by a defenseman (2nd) and games played (t-8th).

Bemidji State opens up the WCHA Playoffs this weekend as they head to Grand Forks, N.D. for a rematch of last season’s first round against University of North Dakota. All games begin at 2:37 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena. A third game may be played Sunday at 2:37 p.m. if necessary.