BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the second consecutive week a pair of Bemidji State Women’s Hockey players have been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Players of the Week. Junior Mak Langei was tabbed as the WCHA Defenseman of the Week and sophomore Lexi Baker was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week after helping the Beavers (11-8-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) sweep Union College and set a program record with their eighth consecutive victory.
For Langei, it is her fifth player of the week award in her career and second during the month of December while Baker earns her first-career WCHA accolade.
Langei, a native of East Grand Forks, earns WCHA Defenseman of the Week honors after posting two points off of two assists to tie for the NCAA lead among defenseman during the weekend. She began the series by earning the primary assist on Abby Halluska’s game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining in the Beavers 2-1 victory over the Dutchwomen, Dec. 13. She then assisted on the Beavers’ first goal of Saturday’s 3-2 victory. Langei was +2 on the ice for the Beavers and posted three shots on goal while earning four blocks defensively.
Baker, a native of Lakeville, earns her first-career WCHA accolade after earning her first career victory in her second career start in Dec. 14’s 3-2 victory over Union. Baker stopped 16-of-18 shots by the Dutchwomen for a .889 save percentage and posted a 2.00 goals against average.
Joining Langei and Baker are Ohio State University’s Tatum Skaggs who was named the offensive player of the week and St. Cloud State’s Klara Hymlarova who was named the rookie of the week.
Bemidji State ended the first half of its season with a program record eight straight wins, posted a 11-8-1 record and stands fourth in the WCHA standings with a 6-6-0 league record. The Beavers return to action Jan. 4-5 when they participate in the Minnesota Cup held at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., and will face St. Cloud State followed either Minnesota State University, Mankato or University of Minnesota Duluth.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).