bloomington, mN. Following Week 20 of the 2018-19 season, the men’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its Players of the Week. The honorees for games of Feb. 22-23 are Northern Michigan seniors Troy Loggins (Forward) and Atte Tolvanen (Goaltender), Bowling Green junior Alec Rauhauser (Defenseman) and Lake Superior State forward Ashton Calder (Rookie).
WCHA Forward of the Week
Troy Loggins, Sr., Northern Michigan (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Northern Michigan’s Troy Loggins finished the weekend with five points on two goals and three assists to lead the Wildcats to a sweep of then-No. 18 Lake Superior State. He dished out two assists in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Lakers, and followed that performance by scoring the first two goals in NMU’s Saturday 5-3 victory. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also assisted on the game-winning goal on Saturday. This is Loggins’ first WCHA weekly honor of the season. He leads Northern in scoring and goals scored with 32 points on 17 goals and 15 assists. He ranks second in the WCHA in goals and is tied for fourth in points.
Honorable Mention: Hans Gorowsky, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (had two goals in the Chargers’ split at Ferris State); Max Johnson, So., Bowling Green (scored two goals on four shots for the Falcons at Bemidji State); Corey Mackin, Sr., Ferris State (had a team-high three points on three assists in the Bulldogs’ split with Alabama Huntsville); Brayden Gelsinger, Jr., Lake Superior State (led the WCHA with a +4 rating and tallied five points on two goals and three helpers at Northern Michigan).
WCHA Defenseman of the Week
Alec Rauhauser, Jr., Bowling Green (Bismarck, N.D.)
Bowling Green’s Alec Rauhauser extended his point streak to five straight games recording one assist in each contest in Bowling Green’s series at Bemidji State. He tallied an assist on BGSU’s first goal of the weekend just 26 seconds into Friday’s series opener. Rauhauser also assisted on the Falcons’ game-tying goal on Saturday. In addition to his seven shots on goal, Rauhauser was +3 on the weekend with one blocked shot. This is his second WCHA weekly honor in 2018-19.
Honorable Mention: Justin Baudry, Sr., Bemidji State (led the Beavers in scoring with two points on a goal and an assist against Bowling Green); Cooper Zech, Fr., Ferris State (scored the game-winning goal for FSU in its victory over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday); Tyler Anderson, So., Lake Superior State (tied for second among WCHA blueliners with a +2 rating on the weekend); Seamus Donahue, So., Michigan Tech (led all WCHA defenders with three points this weekend on three assists); Ian Scheid, Jr., Minnesota State (picked up a goal and two assists in the Mavericks’ series at Alaska); Philip Beaulieu, Jr., Northern Michigan (had a goal and an assist in NMU’s sweep of Lake Superior State).
WCHA Goaltender of the Week
Atte Tolvanen, Sr. Northern Michigan (Vihti, Finland)
Northern Michigan’s Atte Tolvanen stopped 48 shots in the Wildcats’ sweep of then-No. 18 Lake Superior State over the weekend. He finished with a .906 save percentage in the series while allowing just five goals for a 2.51 goals against average. The Hobey Baker candidate’s two appearances in net for the Wildcats this weekend give him 131 games played, just two shy of the Northern Michigan career record. This is Tolvanen’s fourth WCHA Goaltender of the Week award this season, tying him for the most among league netminders.
Honorable Mention: Mark Sinclair, So., Alabama Huntsville (became the first UAH goaltender to record two shutouts in a season since 2004-05 when he blaked Ferris State on Friday); Roni Salmenkangas, Fr., Ferris State (stopped 42 shots in two games to help Ferris State keep its playoff hopes alive with a split against Alabama Huntsville); Matt Jurusik, Jr., Michigan Tech (stopped 33 shots and recorded a 1.50 goals against average in the Huskies’ sweep of Alaska Anchorage); Dryden McKay, Fr., Minnesota State (stopped 44 of 46 shots faced for a 1.02 goals against average and a .957 save percentage in the Mavericks’ MacNaughton Cup-clinching series at Alaska).
WCHA Rookie of the Week
Ashton Calder, F, Lake Superior State (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Lake Superior State forward Ashton Calder led all WCHA freshmen on the weekend in assists (3), points (4), assists per game (1.50), points per game (2.00), and plus-minus (+3). He also tied for second among WCHA freshmen with one goal scored. His four points were two more than the next-highest freshman total in the WCHA and tied for second nationally. He also led all NCAA freshmen in assists, while tying for the second-best plus-minus rating. Calder began the weekend with two assists in Friday’s game at Northern Michigan. He assisted on the Lakers’ first goal of the game that tied the score at 1-1 in the first period. He then assisted on the Lakers’ second goal of the game that drew the Lakers to within one goal of the Wildcats at 3-2. On Saturday, Calder continued his strong play – tallying one goal, one assist, two points and a +3 rating as he was on the ice for each Laker goal. Calder assisted on the Lakers’ second goal of the game that cut the Laker deficit to 3-2. Calder then tied the game at 3-3 with his fourth goal of the season in the second period.
Honorable Mention: Drew Lennon, D, Alabama Huntsville (tied for the WCHA rookie defenseman lead with two points on two assists in UAH’s split at Ferris State); Owen Sillinger, F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers in scoring on the weekend with two points on a goal and an assist); Roni Salmenkangas, G, Ferris State (stopped 42 shots in two games to help Ferris State keep its playoff hopes alive with a split against Alabama Huntsville); Brian Halonen, F, Michigan Tech (led all WCHA newcomers with two goals on the weekend as Tech swept Alaska Anchorage); Dryden McKay, G, Minnesota State (stopped 44 of 46 shots faced for a 1.02 goals against average and a .957 save percentage in the Mavericks’ MacNaughton Cup-clinching series at Alaska); Griffin Loughran, F, Northern Michigan (had two points on two assists in NMU’s sweep of then-No. 18 Lake Superior State).
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Men’s League
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will proudly mark its 67th season of men’s competition in 2018-19. The 10-team Division 1 conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com