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WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Hannah Hogenson, Claire Vekich win WCHA awards

Sophomore Hannah Hogenson was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week, while freshman Claire Vekich was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

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Bemidji State freshman Claire Vekich (15) gains possession of the puck in the first period against Minnesota State on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
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BLOOMINGTON -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has continued its run of WCHA player of the week awards, most recently with a pair of honors announced Monday.

Sophomore Hannah Hogenson was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week, while freshman Claire Vekich was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Hogenson roped in her third such award this season. She posted a .947 save percentage and a 1.44 goals against average against Minnesota State as the Beavers took four points in the series. She made 26 saves in Friday’s win and stopped 28 of 29 shots in Saturday’s tie.

Vekich earned her second Rookie of the Week honor after she tallied a goal and an assist in the series. Her production included the game-winning goal in Friday’s 3-2 comeback, and she added BSU’s lone assists of Saturday’s 1-1 game.

Hogenson’s award is her third of the season, following her selections on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Vekich was picked as the Rookie of the Week for the second time, following a Nov. 29 pick.

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Bemidji State goalie Hannah Hogenson (1) congratulates senior Graysen Myers (23) after Myers scored in the second period against Clarkson University on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at the Sanford Center. (Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer)

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