Klimek Earns First Career WCHA Weekly Honor

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EDINA, Mn EDINA, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. It is the first weekly conference award for Klimek in his career.
Klimek garnered the award after recording three assists over the weekend with the Wildcats splitting games Friday and Saturday against the University of Alabama-Huntsville. NMU took the victory in the Berry Events Center on Friday, while UAH collected the win Saturday giving NMU their sixth series split of the season.
In Friday's 3-1 victory, Klimek assisted on senior forward Zach Diamantoni's (Montgomery, New Jersey) power-play goal that put NMU up a pair. Klimek assisted on both of the Wildcat goals on Saturday. The first goal gave the NMU the early lead, while the second evened the game at two goals each just before the end of the first period. The senior also recorded a season-high four shots in Saturday's game and seven shots in the series.
For the season, Klimek has six points in 16 games. All six of the alternate captain's points have come on assists. Klimek is plus-two when on the ice and is on-pace for a career-high in shots with 33 before the midway point of the season.
Klimek is the third Wildcat to earn a WCHA weekly honor this year and is the first to receive the Defensive Player of the Week award. Senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) has earned the offensive award twice in 2017-18, while sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) netted WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors after a win over then-No.9 Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Wildcats will head back on the road, traveling to Bemidji State University for a pair of WCHA contests this weekend. The puck will drop Friday and Saturday in Bemidji, Minnesota, at 8:07 p.m.