BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 6, 2018 – Four players who led their teams to picking up either five or six league points last weekend have been named the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 9-10, 2018. The honorees are: Michigan Technological University senior Jake Lucchini (Forward) and sophomore Seamus Donohue (Defenseman), Bowling Green State University sophomore Eric Dop (Goaltender) and University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman defenseman Chris Jandric (Rookie).
Jake Lucchini, Sr., Michigan Tech (Trail, British Columbia)
Lucchini led the WCHA in scoring and tied for fifth nationally with five points (2g-3a), keying Michigan Tech to a league road sweep at Ferris State. The senior from Trail, British Columbia had a pair of assists Friday, setting up the Huskies' first and third goals of the first period in an eventual 5-4 victory. Tech's co-captain then matched his season high with a three-point effort Saturday, factoring in a trio of second-period tallies as the Huskies erased a 3-1 deficit to win, 4-3. He connected on a power-play strike at 9:41 to bring MTU within one, helped set up Dylan Steman's tying goal at 10:46 and then snapped a 3-3 tie with the game-winning marker at 14:46 of the frame. Lucchini's two goals and three assists also topped the league last weekend, as he earned his first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his third career honor.
Honorable Mention: Diego Cuglietta, Sr., Lake Superior State (led the Lakers in points with three, tallying a goal and two assists against visiting Alaska); Connor Ford, So., Bowling Green (scored on both of his shots Saturday at Alaska Anchorage, helping the No. 10 Falcons to a 3-0 win and five-point weekend); Troy Loggins, Sr., Northern Michigan (also tied for the WCHA lead with two goals, both coming on the power-play Saturday vs. No. 17 Cornell).
Seamus Donohue, So., Michigan Tech (North Oaks, Minn.)
Donohue led WCHA defensemen last weekend with three assists, setting up a third of Michigan Tech's goals in a league road sweep at Ferris State. The sophomore from North Oaks, Minn. had a power-play helper Friday and the primary assist on Tech's first two markers during a three-goal second-period Saturday, an outburst that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 win. Donohue was second among WCHA blueliners with a +4 rating and tied for second with three points. This is Donohue's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Dillon Eichstadt, Sr., Bemidji State (logged the first multi-point game of his 106-game BSU career Friday, assisting on two first-period goals as the Beavers rolled to an 8-3, nonconference victory over Merrimack); Chris Pohlkamp, Sr., Bowling Green (picked up an assist during the Falcons' 3-0 win Saturday at Alaska Anchorage, while scoring in 3-on-3 overtime Friday to give No. 10 BGSU a five-point weekend); William Riedell, So., Lake Superior State (recorded an assist and the game-tying goal Friday, as the Lakers rallied from a 3-0, third-period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie vs. Alaska).
Eric Dop, So., Bowling Green (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Dop collected his first collegiate shutout Friday at Alaska Anchorage, making a game-high 33 saves to deliver a scoreless tie and extra league point for No. 10 Bowling Green. The sophomore from Lewis Center, Ohio made 12 stops in the first period, 12 more in the second, eight in the third and one in the first overtime of the official 0-0 draw. Dop then kept the Seawolves out of the net for the first 2:20 of the 3-on-3, second overtime session, giving time for Chris Pohlkamp to score for the Falcons. This is Dop's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his fourth career honor.
Honorable Mention: Brody Claeys, So., Alaska Anchorage (posted his first collegiate shutout in Friday's scoreless tie vs. No. 10 Bowling Green, making 27 saves to help the Seawolves earn their first WCHA point of the season).
Chris Jandric, D, Alaska (Prince George, British Columbia)
Jandric lifted Alaska to a five-point league weekend at Lake Superior State, including the Nanooks' first victory of the season, by topping all WCHA defensemen and rookies (any position) with four points (2g-2a). The freshman from Prince George, British Columbia posted consecutive two-point games, had three power-play points, lit the lamp on two of his three shots and netted Saturday's game-winner. After contributing a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-3 tie, Jandric duplicated that stat line in dramatic fashion Saturday. With the Nanooks trailing, 3-2 in the third period, Chris had the primary assist on brother Steven's tying goal at 10:55; then, with just 1:13 remaining and UAF on the power play, he scored the tie-breaking, game-winning marker. Chris' goal completed a third-period Jandric brothers hat trick and put the finishing touches on Alaska's comeback from 3-0 down to win, 4-3. Nationally, Jandric's four points tied for second among NCAA freshmen and third for a blueliner (any class). This is Jandric's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Nick Cardelli, F, Bemidji State (recorded his first collegiate goal, while later adding an assist, in the Beavers' 8-3 nonconference win over Merrimack); Jacob Nordqvist, D, Lake Superior State (scored Friday and had an assist Saturday against Alaska, while finishing the weekend with a +2 rating); Tommy Parrottino, F, Michigan Tech (tied for the WCHA rookie and overall lead with two goals, lighting the lamp once each night in the Huskies' sweep at Ferris State).