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Andrew Walsh, a freshman at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week this past week for his 36-save performance in a 2-1 victory over the number 13 ranked University of Denver Pioneers. Walsh posted a 97.3 save percentage and was a big reason why his team was able to keep their opponents scoreless on six power-play opportunities. It was also the first time Bemidji State defeated the Pioneers in the program’s history, including eight games dating back to the 1999-2000 season.

Walsh was honoured earlier this year by being named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26. He holds a 3-2-1 record this season with a team-best 2.69 goals-against-average and a 91.4 save percentage.

Last season, Walsh played for the Dawson Creek Rage of the North American Hockey League, posting a 8-19-1 record with a 3.7 goals-against-average and a 90.2 save percentage, and recording one shutout.

He also played all three games for Team West during the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in February, 2011, helping the team to win the tournament with a 2-1 record over the other divisional teams.




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