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MEN'S HOCKEY: Walsh named WCHA defensive player of the week

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MADISON, Wis. — After a weekend in which he made 63 saves to help his team earn a split, Bemidji State goaltender Andrew Walsh Tuesday was selected as WCHA Defensive player of the week.

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Walsh, sophomore from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, posted five shutout periods in BSU’s series against Lake Superior State. He had a 0.51 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage as the Beavers fell 2-0 to the Lakers in the series opener Friday at Sanford Center before capturing a 5-0 triumph Saturday.

He turned aside a career-high 38 shots on goal in game one, yielding only an unassisted power-play goal at the 16:51 mark of the third period. Walsh then came back in the series finale by stopping all 25 shots on goal and blanking LSSU on both power-play opportunities to gain his first shutout of the season and third of his collegiate career.

Walsh stopped 63 of 64 shots on goal over six periods and finished the weekend 1-1-0.

BSU's Andrew Walsh makes a save against Lake Superior State. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Through 13 collegiate games, 752:38 of action and 11 starts for the Beavers between the pipes, Walsh owns a 7-5-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and .928 saves percentage.

This is the fourth time Walsh has been recognized by the league during his career.

In addition to Walsh, the WCHA named Colorado College forward Andrew Hamburg its Offensive Player of the Week, while Phoenix Copley of Michigan Tech earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week award.

Bemidji State (1-1-0; 0-0-0 WCHA) begins its WCHA slate this weekend when it travels to Omaha to take on Nebraska-Omaha this Friday and Saturday. It will be the Beavers’ first road trip of the season.

UNO is 2-2-0 overall and has yet to play a conference game.

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