BLOOMINGTON, Mn. The Men’s League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its Players of the Week for games of Feb. 7-8. Lake Superior State sophomore Ashton Calder (Forward) and junior Will Riedell (Defenseman), Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay (Goaltender) and Alaska freshman defenseman Markuss Komuls (Rookie) earn this week’s honors.
WCHA Forward of the Week
Ashton Calder, So., Lake Superior State (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Lake Superior State sophomore Ashton Calder led the Lakers to a split at Michigan Tech weekend with a pair of two-point efforts. In Friday’s win, Calder netted a shorthanded goal to put the Lakers up 2-1 in the first period and added the game-winning goal in the third period. Friday’s performance marked the third time that Calder has scored two goals in a game in his career. On Saturday night, the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native opened the scoring for the Lakers with his ninth goal of the season and added his fourth point of the weekend with the primary assist on the game-tying goal with :45 seconds left in regulation. Calder has nine points in his last seven games, including four multi-point games. The sophomore forward currently is riding a three-game point streak as he has posted a trio of two-point games in that span (4g-2a). This is Calder’s fourth career weekly honor and second of the season.
Honorable Mention: Max Newton, Jr., Alaska: Registered the Nanooks’ second four-point game this season Friday, tallying a goal and three assists in the Nanooks’ tie at Alabama Huntsville. Connor Ford, Jr., Bowling Green: Assisted on three goals in the Falcons’ weekend sweep of Alaska Anchorage. Brian Halonen, So., Michigan Tech: Tied for the WCHA points lead with four on two goals and two assists in Tech’s split with Lake Superior State. Jared Spooner, Jr., Minnesota State: Scored three goals in the Mavericks’ home sweep of then-No. 15/RV Northern Michigan.
WCHA Defenseman of the Week
Will Riedell, Jr., Lake Superior State (Greensboro, N.C.)
Lake Superior State junior Will Riedell contributed to the Lakers’ road split at Michigan Tech this weekend with a team-leading four assists. In Friday’s win, Riedell notched three assists which included a helper on the game-winning goal. All of Riedell’s points were primary assists and led the junior to set a new career high in single-game points. The Greensboro, N.C., native wrapped up his four-point weekend with an assist on the Lakers first goal on Saturday, which was his 100th career game as a Laker. Riedell tied for the WCHA scoring lead on the weekend with four and was the league leader in assists. He also topped all WCHA blueliners in points. Riedell has set a new career high in assists with nine this season and equaled his previous season-best in points with 11. This is his first WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Tim Theocharidis, So., Bowling Green: Recorded his first career power-play goal as the game-winner for the Falcons on Saturday and tallied two assists in Bowling Green’s home sweep of Alaska Anchorage. Edwin Hookenson, Sr., Minnesota State: Notched a pair of assists and four blocked shots in the Mavericks’ sweep of then-No. 15/RV Northern Michigan.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week
Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State’s Dryden McKay stopped 43-of-46 shots to backstop the No. 3/3 Mavericks to a home sweep of then-No. 15/RV Northern Michigan. The Hobey Baker and Mike Richter candidate stopped all 22 shots he faced on Saturday to record his school-record and WCHA record-tying eighth shutout of the season. The whitewash was also the 12th of his brief career, which is also a school record and moves him into a tie for ninth on the WCHA career list. The Downers Grove, Ill., native is 25-3-2 with a 1.37 GAA, .939 save percentage and eight shutouts. McKay’s wins, GAA and shutouts lead the nation while his save percentage ranks No. 3 nationally. This is McKay’s sixth Goaltender of the Week award this season and his 12th career weekly honor (2- Rookie, 10- Goaltender).
Honorable Mention: Gustavs Grigals, So., Alaska: Stopped 39-of-42 shots on the weekend and recorded his second career shutout on Saturday at Alabama Huntsville. Robbie Beydoun, Jr., Michigan Tech: Recorded a career-high 39 saves to backstop Michigan Tech to a 4-3 home win over Lake Superior State on Saturday.
WCHA Rookie of the Week
Markuss Komuls, Fr., D, Alaska (Talsi, Latvia)
Alaska freshman defenseman Markuss Komuls played a big role in the Nanooks come-from-behind tie at Alabama Huntsville on Friday, assisting on one goal and scoring another as Alaska rallied from a 6-4 third-period deficit to secure a 6-6 tie and, eventually, a second WCHA point with a goal in the 3-on-3 period. On Saturday, the Talsi, Latvia, native played a key role in the ‘Nooks defensive performance as Alaska skated to a 3-0 win in the team’s second shutout of the season. This is Komuls’ first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Zack Rose, Fr., G, Bowling Green: Registered his first career victory in Bowling Green’s 4-1 win over Alaska Anchorage, stopping 10-of-11 Seawolf shots on the evening.