BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the first time in her career, Bemidji State University women’s hockey freshman Reece Hunt has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for her efforts during the WCHA Quarterfinals.
Hunt, a native of Nelson, B.C., factored in on every goal by the Beavers in their first round series at No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth and led all league freshmen and tied for the overall lead with four points off of three goals and one assist.
She began the series by assisting on the Beavers’ lone goal in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. She then responded by scoring both goals in BSU’s 2-1 four-overtime victory in game two. In game three, Hunt scored the Beavers’ lone goal in their 4-1 loss on Sunday. Her three goals over the weekend were tied for the most in the WCHA. Hunt finished the series with 15 shots on goal which tied for third most in the league and was +1 on the ice.
Hunt joins redshirt junior Lauren Bench (4x), junior Mak Langei (2x), sophomore Lexi Baker, senior Haley Mack and senior Briana Jorde as Bemidji State women’s hockey players to earn a WCHA weekly accolade this season.
University of Minnesota’s Grace Zumwinkle was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the week while Minnesota Duluth’s Maggie Flaherty and goaltender Maddie Rooney were named the defensive player and goaltender of the week.
Hunt finishes her freshman campaign tied for third on the team and third among league rookies in scoring with 19 points off of seven goals and 12 assists.
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).