BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 5, 2019 – With the opening month of the season in the books, the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its Players of the Month. The honorees for October 2019 are: Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay (Goaltender) and freshman forward Lucas Sowder (Rookie), Northern Michigan sophomore Vincent de Mey (Forward) and Bowling Green senior Alec Rauhauser (Defenseman).
Vincent de Mey, So., Northern Michigan (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Northern Michigan's Vincent de Mey ranks No. 2 nationally in power-play goals this season with three and is third in the NCAA with a 1.00 goals per game average. He scored at least one point in each of the Wildcats' six October contests (6g-2a/8pts) to lead the league in goals, power-play goals (three), power-play points (four) and rank second in points scored for the month. The sophomore tallied a career-high two goals at then-No.20/RV Boston University to lead the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory on Oct. 19. The Los Angeles, Calif., native tallied a goal in five of the Wildcats' six games in October. His October performance earned de Mey WCHA Forward of the Week honors twice (Oct. 14 & 21), the only two-time winner for the month in the league. This is de Mey's first WCHA Forward of the Month award.
Honorable Mention: Marshall Moise, Jr., Ferris State: Led Ferris State in scoring with six points on three goals and three assists. Finished the month with 13 shots and three blocks with two of his goals coming on the power play.
Alec Rauhauser, Sr., Bowling Green (Bismarck, N.D.
Senior captain Alec Rauhauser was one of the scoring leaders for Bowling Green in October with seven points on two goals and five assists. The Bismarck, N.D., native tallied three points in BGSU's win at Miami on Oct. 6 and scored a point in each of the Falcons' games against RIT (Oct. 11), Western Michigan (Oct. 18-19) and Michigan Tech (Oct. 25). Rauhauser's seven points were the most among defensemen in the WCHA for the month and tied for sixth among all scorers. He also recorded seven blocks on the month. As on now he also leads the Falcons in plus/minus. This is Rauhauser's fifth Defenseman of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Colin Swoyer, So., Michigan Tech: Led all WCHA blueliners with five assists in October and tied for second in the league in defenseman scoring with five points on five assists.
Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay helped lead Minnesota State to 5-0-1 mark for month of October. He finished the month as the WCHA leader in wins, save percentage (.940), goals against average (1.36), winning percentage (.900) and shutouts (one). McKay's GAA ranked No. 4 nationally in the season's opening month. The Downers Grove, Ill., native was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week following MSU's season-opening two-game sweep of Arizona State on Oct. 11-12. McKay turned aside 25-of-26 shots in 4-1 win in the opening game of the series before earning his fifth career shutout by stopping all 14 shots in 5-0 victory over the Sun Devils on Oct. 12. This is McKay's third career WCHA Goaltender of the Month award.
Honorable Mention: Eric Dop, Jr., Bowling Green: Backstopped Bowling Green to a 4-2-0 mark in six October starts. The Lewis Center, Ohio, native stopped 134 of 148 shots faced for a .905 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. Stopped 58 shots in the Falcons' two-game sweep of Western Michigan Oct. 18-19, including a season-high 37 shots in the second game of the series to earn WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors. Dop also picked up his first career assist against Miami on Oct. 6.
Lucas Sowder, Fr., F, Minnesota State (Trinity, Fla.)
Minnesota State forward Lucas Sowder helped lead Minnesota State to an undefeated month of October (5-0-1), accounting for nine points on two goals and seven assists to lead the WCHA and all NCAA rookies in points. Sowder also led the WCHA in assists and plus/minus (+9). The Trinity, Fla., native earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors after he posted a goal and two assists in MSU's season-opening sweep of Arizona State.
Honorable Mention: Parker Saretsky, Fr., F, Michigan Tech: Shared the WCHA newcomer lead in goals with two and finished third in rookie scoring for the month with six points on two goals and four assists. The four helpers tied for third in the league for the month.