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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Bench tabbed WCHA Goalie of the Week

BEMIDJI -- After posting back-to-back shutouts for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team in last weekend’s sweep of St. Cloud State, Lauren Bench earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week honors Tuesday.

Bench began the weekend by stopping all 11 Husky shots in a 3-0 win Friday night. The redshirt sophomore then collected 26 saves in a 2-0 shutout in game two Saturday to clinch the series sweep.

Lauren Bench

“Obviously, it’s a really great accomplishment, in our league especially,” Bench said. “But I wouldn’t be able to do it without the defense and how our team’s been playing.”

Bench was the only league goaltender to not allow a goal over the weekend and held the Huskies scoreless over 119:50 consecutive minutes, the eighth longest shutout streak in BSU history.

The Eagan native has posted three shutouts this season and is tied for fourth on BSU’s all-time career shutouts list with five.

Tuesday marks the second time in Bench’s career she has earned the league’s goaltender of the week award after earning the accolade once last season.

Bench leads the Beavers with a 2.38 goals against average and .905 save percentage in eight games and has posted a 2-5-1 record.

The Beavers will conclude the season’s first half by traveling to Erie, Pa., this weekend for a non-conference series against Mercyhurst.