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Serratore Named WCHA Coach Of The Year; Five Beavers Earn All WCHA Honors

For the second time in his career, Tom Serratore is the WCHA Coach Of The Year. He earned the honor after leading the Bemidji State Beavers to a second place finish in the WCHA regular season and had them in the WCHA semifinals before the season was called.

Serratore’s crew finished #11 in the final national poll and #12 in the final Pairwise rankings. They were 22-10-5 on the year, and second to Minnesota State with a 20-5-3-2 record in conference play. Those 20 conference wins matches a BSU record. They also hit 20 wins in 2016-17, the previous season that Serratore earned Coach of the Year honors. Serratore is 319-297-89, the Beavers second winningest coach behind R.H. Peters’ 702. Serratore has also won five CHA Coach of the Year awards.

Meanwhile, five Beaver players have been named All-WCHA including Senior Co-Captain Adam Brady, who was named first team All-WCHA. He is only the second Beaver to earn First Team honors. The other was Michael Bitzer.

Other All WCHA Beavers include Elias Rosen, who was Third Team and All Rookie Team; Owen Sillinger and Zach Driscoll, who earned All Second Team honors, and senior defenseman Tommy Muck who was Third Team. In addition, 16 members of the Beavers were named WCHA All-Academic.

Brady has established career-highs for points (34), as well as team-best 19 goals and five game-winners. Brady recorded at least a point in 24 games, and was selected as the WCHA November Offensive Player of the Month.

Sillinger earns All-WCHA honors for the second consecutive season following an All-Rookie team nod a year ago. He had a career-high 34 points (14g-20a) to match Brady for the team’s scoring lead. His 20 assists lead the team and recorded 20 points in 13 games between Jan. 3 and Feb. 22.

Driscoll posted a record of 21-8-4 with a 1.63 goals against average and a .937 save percentage for the Beavers. He finished among the top 10 goaltenders nationally in several categories including third in goals against average, fifth in save percentage, sixth in wins and is tied for eighth with four shutouts.

Muck, also earned his first All-WCHA honor, was picked as a second-team defender. The senior co-captain not only stood out as BSU’s top defender, he established career-highs for goals (4), assists (15) and points (19). Muck led the Beavers with 48 blocked shots, while owning a team-best +15 plus/minus rating. He was a key to success on the power-play and ranks third on the team with 13 points on the man advantage, while playing a significant role of a historically good penalty-kill unit.

16 Bemidji State Beavers also earned All Academic honors. They were Alex Adams, Ross Armour, Adam Brady, Charlie Combs, Zach Driscoll, Darby Gula, Alex Ierullo, Brad Johnson, Henry Johnson, Tyler Jubenvill, Tyler Kirkup, Tommy Muck, Owen Sillinger, Hampus Sjödahl, Ethan Somoza, and Tyler Vold.

To be recognized as a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team, student-athletes must meet the following criteria: 1) have completed one year of residency at present institution, prior to the current academic year; and 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the previous two semesters or three quarters.