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Quartet earns league recognition for games of Oct. 17-19
Northern Michigan's de Mey, Bowling Green's Dop And Minnesota State's Hookenson And Smith Earn WCHA Player Of The Week Honors
Quartet earns league recognition for games of Oct. 17-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 21, 2019 – 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 Oct. 17-19. Northern Michigan sophomore Vincent de Mey (Forward), Bowling Green junior Eric Dop (Goaltender), Minnesota State senior Edwin Hookenson (Defenseman) and freshman forward Nathan Smith (Rookie) earned this week's honors.

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Vincent de Mey, So., Northern Michigan (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Northern Michigan sophomore Vincent de Mey extended his goal and point streaks to four games this weekend with a team-leading three goals in the Wildcats' series at Boston University. Spurring an impressive three-goal third period comeback for NMU Friday night, de Mey registered a power play goal in the 4-4 tie. Saturday night, the Los Angeles native put the Wildcats up, 2-1, with an even strength goal in the final minutes of the first period. He found the back of the net on the power play later in the contest for the eventual game-winner and his third goal of the weekend to cap his first career multi-goal night. In the WCHA, de Mey ranks first in goals with five and second in total points with six. He also leads the league in goals per game (1.25), ranks among the WCHA leaders in power play points (three) and is tied for third nationally in goals (five). This is de Mey's second career Forward of the Week honor and his second in a row this season.

Honorable Mention: Max Johnson, Sr., Bowling Green: Potted the game-winning power play goal in Bowling Green's win over Western Michigan on Friday. Finished the weekend home-and-home series with two points on a goal and an assist with five shots on goal. Lucas Finner, Fr., Ferris State: Scored a team-high two goals in Ferris State's split at Miami. Won 12 faceoffs and posted five shots on goal in the series. Marc Michaelis, Sr., Minnesota State: Recorded a goal and an assist in Minnesota State's two-game series with North Dakota. Both the goal and assist came in Saturday's 2-1 over UND.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Edwin Hookenson, Sr., Minnesota State (Lampman, Sask.)

Senior Edwin Hookenson helped lead No. 2/3 Minnesota State to a 4-4 overtime tie and a 2-1 win over No. 16/RV North Dakota in a pair of nonconference games played in Mankato over the weekend. The Lampman, Sask., native scored twice over the course of the two games with the Fighting Hawks, with four shots on goal and one blocked shot. He tallied his first goal of the season in Friday's 4-4 tie with UND then chalked up his first career game-winning goal Saturday when his even-strength marker at 5:21 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Mavericks a 2-1 victory. This is Hookenson's first career WCHA weekly honor.

Honorable Mention: Alec Rauhauser, Sr., Bowling Green: Assisted on Max Johnson's game-winning goal on Friday and scored the game-tying goal Saturday in Bowling Green's two-game sweep of Western Michigan. Joe Rutkowski, Sr., Ferris State: Posted a team-high three points on three assists along with four blocked shots as Ferris State split a two-game road set at Miami.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Eric Dop, Jr., Bowling Green (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Junior Eric Dop backstopped Bowling Green to a two-game home-and-home sweep of No. 14//15 Western Michigan over the weekend. Dop allowed just one goal per game as the Falcons carved out two tough victories. The Lewis Center, Ohio, native stopped 21 shots in Friday's 2-1 home win and turned away a season-high 37 shots in BGSU's 2-1 overtime victory on Saturday in Kalamazoo. His Saturday save total equals the WCHA season-best this year and tied for fourth nationally for a single game on the weekend. This is Dop's second career Goaltender of the Week honor and his sixth career weekly award. He was honored as the Rookie of the Week four times in 2017-18.

Honorable Mention: Roni Salmenkangas, So., Ferris State: Stopped 33 shots in the Bulldogs' 3-1 win at Miami on Saturday to finish with a .971 save percentage. Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State: Backstopped the Mavericks to a win and a tie against North Dakota, turning away 57-of-62 shots in the two games. Nolan Kent, So., Northern Michigan: Picked up his first career win in a 4-3 victory at Boston University, stopped a career-high 27 shots in the win.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Nathan Smith, Fr., F, Minnesota State (Hudson, Fla.)

Freshman forward Nathan Smith helped lead the No. 2/3 Mavericks to a 4-4 overtime tie and a 2-1 win over No. 16/RV North Dakota in a weekend series in Mankato. His four points on a goal and three assists tied for the points lead among WCHA freshman on the weekend. Smith won 20-of-29 faceoff attempts (.690) against UND to lead all NCAA freshmen in faceoff winning percentage (min. 13 attempts). In his collegiate debut Friday, the Hudson, Fla., native had a hand in all four Minnesota State goals in Friday's 4-4 overtime tie with the Fighting Hawks. This is Smith's first WCHA weekly honor.

Honorable Mention: T.J. Lloyd, Fr., D, Bowling Green: Recorded an assist and five shots on goal in the Falcons' sweep of Western Michigan. Dallas Tulik, Fr, F, Ferris State: Had an assist and a team-high 13 faceoff wins in FSU's road split at Miami. Hank Sorenson, Fr, D, Northern Michigan: Recorded his first two collegiate assists in the Wildcats' Friday night tie at Boston University.