BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Following Week 19 of the 2018-19 season, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its Players of the Week. The honorees for games of Feb. 15-16 are Lake Superior State junior Max Humitz (Forward) and senior Steven Ruggiero (Defenseman), Bemidji State sophomore Zach Driscoll (Goaltender) and Ferris State goaltender Roni Salmenkangas (Rookie).
Max Humitz, Jr., Lake Superior State (Livonia, Mich.)
Lake Superior State's Max Humitz scored the game-winning goal on both Friday and Saturday to help No. 19/RV Lake Superior State to its first two-game series sweep of Michigan Tech since the 1983-84 season. Humitz's two game-winning goals and his +5 rating both led the WCHA and tied for the national lead on the week. He also tied for the WCHA lead in shots on goal (9) and shots on goal per game (4.50), while blocking two shots and adding an assist in the series for a three-point weekend. In Friday's 3-1 win over the Huskies, Humitz broke a 1-1 tie when he scored his 13th goal of the season at 3:08 of the third period. He also garnered a +2 rating and four shots on goal in Friday's win. On Saturday, Humitz first assisted on the opening goal of the game at 7:10 of the first period. He then scored the eventual game-winning goal at 18:10 of the period as the Lakers went on to win 3-1. The Livonia, Mich., native tallied five shots on goal and was +3 on Saturday. With his weekend performance, Humitz is on a four-game point streak and has tallied a point in 11 of his last 13 games played. The Lakers also reached 20 wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season and moved into a tie with Bowling Green for second place in the WCHA.
Honorable Mention: Adam Brady, Jr., Bemidji State (led all Bemidji State skaters with two points (1g, 1a) as BSU picked up five of six points against Northern Michigan); Stephen Baylis, Sr., Bowling Green (posted a goal and three assists with four shots on goal in a +2 performance against Alaska); Coale Norris, So., Ferris State (led the Bulldogs with two points on a game-winning goal and an assist at Alaska Anchorage).
Steven Ruggiero, Sr., Lake Superior State (Kings Park, N.Y.)
Steven Ruggiero of Lake Superior State scored one goal, blocked six shots and garnered a +3 rating on the weekend to help No. 19/RV Lake Superior State to its first two-game series sweep of Michigan Tech since the 1983-84 season. In Friday's 3-1 win, Ruggiero blocked four shots and scored an empty-net goal - his sixth goal of the season - to secure the win. In Saturday's 3-1 victory, he added two more blocked shots and a +2 rating as the Lakers completed the series sweep of Michigan Tech and reached 20 victories for the first time since 2006-07. His six blocked shots tied for second in the WCHA and his +3 rating was third among WCHA blueliners.
Honorable Mention: Alec Rauhauser, Jr., Bowling Green (extended his point streak to three straight games with an assist in both of the Falcon's contests against Alaska); Cooper Zech, Fr., Ferris State (scored Ferris State's first goal in a 2-1 win at Alaska Anchorage on Friday).
Zach Driscoll, So., Bemidji State (Apple Valley, Minn.)
Bemidji State's Zach Driscoll backstopped Bemidji State to a five-point series victory versus Northern Michigan, Feb. 15-16, helping the Beavers to move into a tie for fourth place in the WCHA standings with four games to play. After a 16-save, 65-minute performance Friday to earn a tie and put the Beavers in position to steal the extra point in 3-on-3 overtime play, he recorded his third shutout of the season Saturday. He made 21 saves in the 3-0 win. In addition he served as the last line of defense in a BSU penalty-kill unit that finished the weekend a perfect 5-for-5 and has not allowed a power play goal in 12 games and 39 opportunities. Driscoll finished the weekend with 37 saves on 39 shots for a .949 save percentage and posted a 0.96 goals against average allowing two short-handed goals in 125:00 between the pipes and two starts.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Bednard, Jr., Bowling Green (recorded Bowling Green's fifth shutout this season on Friday and stopped 40 shots in the Falcons' two games with Alaska); Roni Salmenkangas, Fr., Ferris State (stopped 46 shots in two games to help Ferris State pick up four points at Alaska Anchorage); Nick Kossoff, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa (stopped 31 shots to backstop the Lakers to a 3-1 win against Michigan Tech on Saturday).
Roni Salmenkangas, G, Ferris State (Tampere, Finland)
Ferris State goaltender Roni Salmenkangas had a big weekend for the Bulldogs as FSU totaled four points in action at Alaska Anchorage to remain in the WCHA postseason chase. Salmenkangas notched a 0.96 goals against average and a .958 save percentage while playing 124:23 in net as FSU earned a win and a tie. He finished with 46 saves in the series to go unbeaten. The rookie netminder made 21 saves in Friday's 2-1 victory for the Bulldogs and came back with 25 saves in 66 minutes of work in Saturday's 1-1 overtime tie before the Seawolves claimed the double OT 3-on-3 point. His play helped FSU hold Alaska Anchorage's power play without a goal in six weekend opportunities.
Honorable Mention: Will Cullen, D, Bowling Green (scored a pair of power play goals in Bowling Green's series with Alaska); Jacob Nordqvist, D, Lake Superior State (tied for first among WCHA rookies with three blocked shots on the weekend).