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WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Kaasa wins WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

BEMIDJI -- Jacqueline Kaasa of the Bemidji State women’s hockey team won her first Western Collegiate Hockey Association award Tuesday after being named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

Kaasa led the WCHA and tied for second nationally by recording four points (2g-2a) over the weekend to help the Beavers (6-10-2, 4-7-1-1 WCHA) earn a series split on the road at No. 6 Minnesota. The North Hudson, Wis., native tallied all four points in Saturday’s 4-2 upset win by recording her first career multi-goal game and multi-point game, setting a career-best. Kaasa factored in on all four goals by the Beavers including scoring the game-winning goal and finished the weekend by going +3.

Jacqueline Kaasa

“I’m actually really excited for our team just in general because we don’t seem to get a ton of recognition all the time,” Kaasa said, “and it’s good to see our team be successful and win a big game against somebody like the Gophers.”

Ohio State goalie Kassidy Sauve took home WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and St. Cloud State goalie Emma Polusny earned WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Kaasa is the third BSU player to earn a WCHA weekly award this season following Mak Langei (Nov. 21) and Erin Deters (Nov. 14) earlier.

The Beavers will host Rochester Institute of Technology in a non-conference series this weekend to begin a six-game home stand. Puck drop is slated for 3:07 p.m. both Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Sanford Center.