MADISON, Wis. — The Western Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Tuesday that Bemidji State sophomore goaltender Andrew Walsh has been selected WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after outstanding play in the Beavers’ WCHA series against Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 15-16.
Walsh, a sophomore from Dawson Creek, B.C., yielded just three goals while backstopping the Beavers to a three-point weekend against the Bulldogs. He sophomore stopped 74 of 77 shots on goal for a .961 series save percentage.
The Beavers beat UMD 4-2 in the series opener Friday, with Walsh stopping 38 shots. In Saturday’s 1-1 tie he made 36 shots.
In over 1200 minutes of in the nets this season, Walsh owns a 2.60 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with a record of 5-10-5.
Beavers drop softball opener
WEST SAINT PAUL – The Bemidji State softball team opened its season with a 3-1 loss to Northern State at the NSIC Dome Crossover.
The Beavers (0-1) held NSU scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Wolves (1-1) went off for three runs on two hits.
BSU answered in the top of the fifth with a solo home run from Mikayla Osterman, but that was all the offense the Beavers could muster.
Kelsey Saralampi started and took the loss for BSU, going five innings and giving up three runs on six hits and two errors. Lyndsey Peterson tossed an inning in relief and gave up a single hit.
The Beavers had just three hits on NSU starter Kami Smeso. Osterman knocked the home run while Bemidji High School graduate Summer Monsrud singled, as did Nicole Dupay.
The Beavers also played Minnesota State Moorhead later Tuesday afternoon but results were not available at presstime. They are scheduled to take on Minnesota Duluth and MSU-Moorhead in another doubleheader today.
Former BSU wrestler protests IOC’s wrestling drop
ST. PAUL (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker and former wrestler is going back to the mat, this time with the International Olympic Committee.
Forest Lake Republican Rep. Bob Dettmer introduced a resolution in the House, calling on the committee to reconsider its decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. The committee’s decision last week has unleashed a torrent of criticism.
While wrestling for Bemidji State, Dettmer won a national championship for his weight class in 1971. He also wrestled in the trials for the 1972 Olympics in West Germany, and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Dettmer coached wrestling at Forest Lake High School for more than 30 years before coming to the Legislature in 2007.
Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz co-authored a similar resolution in Congress last week.