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NCAA Roundup: Driscoll nabs third WCHA weekly award this year

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This week saw just one BCHL alumni take home a weekly conference award, but this senior standout was able to take home his third weekly honour in the WCHA so far this season.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

Zach Driscoll – Senior – Bemidji State University (Penticton Vees)

Driscoll finished one stop shy of his career-high save total turning aside 47 shots in a 4-1 victory at Michigan Tech last Friday. The Apple Valley, Minn. native also backstopped a BSU penalty kill unit that was a perfect five-for-five in the series opener. In Friday’s game he climbed into ninth place on BSU’s all-time saves list (2,179).

Driscoll added 33 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 win to preserve the Beavers’ second WCHA series sweep of 2020-21. Saturday’s win also pulled him into a tie with Matt Climie for 10th place on BSU’s all-time wins list with 45.

Driscoll’s 80 saves in the series with the Huskies were the most by any netminder nationally on the weekend and a WCHA season high for saves in a series. He leads the WCHA and sits sixth in the country with 504 stops this season. This is Driscoll’s ninth career WCHA weekly honour and his third this season.

The 23-year-old played the 2015-16 season in Penticton and led the BCHL in both save percentage (.933) and goals-against average (1.90), while recording five shutouts and finishing the year with a record of 21-4-0. His save percentage that year is tied for the fifth-best mark all-time for a single season, while his goals-against average is the seventh-lowest in BCHL history. Driscoll finished his tenure with the Vees by winning the BCHL’s Top Goaltender award.