BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 11, 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 Nov. 8-9. Northern Michigan sophomore Vincent de Mey (Forward) and freshman André Ghantous (Rookie), Bemidji State's Kyle Looft (Defenseman) and Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay (Goaltender) earn this week's honors.
Vincent de Mey, So., Northern Michigan (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Northern Michigan's Vincent de Mey continued his hot start with a career-best three-point night on Friday in the Wildcats' come-from-behind overtime tie with St. Cloud State. He then added an assist Saturday night to bring the team within one halfway through the third period. His four-point weekend (1g-3a/4pts) was a personal best and led all WCHA skaters. He also posted the most helpers on the weekend in the league (three), points per game (two) and power-play points (three). His power-play goal Friday night sparked the three-goal comeback by the Wildcats and he earned credit for assists on the other two power-play goals to tie the game. With his goal on the five-on-three Friday night, de Mey's five power-play tallies ranks second in the country while his eight total goals rank 10th in the nation in goals per game (0.80). He now holds a three-game point streak and has highlighted the box score in nine of the Wildcats' 10 games. This is the third WCHA Player of the Week honor of de Mey's career, all of which have come in this season's first six weeks.
Honorable Mention: Christian Rajic, Jr., Alabama Huntsville: Notched his first three-point game of the season and second of his career (1g-2a) in Friday's series opener with Alaska Anchorage. Trey Degraaf, Jr., Alaska Anchorage: Lit the lamp twice in the Seawolves' 3-1 win at Alabama Huntsville on Saturday. Filip Fornåå Svensson, Fr., Alaska: Scored his first two collegiate goals in the Nanooks' 3-1 over Arizona State on Friday. Adam Brady, Sr., Bemidji State: Scored three times in BSU's weekend sweep of Lake Superior State to share the league lead in goals and rank No. 3 nationally on the weekend. Marc Michaelis, Sr., Minnesota State: Registered a pair of assists in Minnesota State's road sweep of Michigan Tech.
Kyle Looft, Fr., Bemidji State (Mankato, Minn.)
Bemidji State freshman Kyle Looft recorded his first collegiate points in Bemidji State's 7-1 victory over Lake Superior State on Friday. The Mankato, Minn., native posted a pair of assists, including the helper on the game-winning goal as the Beavers hit the seven-goal mark for the first time since 2009. Looft finished third among WCHA rookies in scoring on the weekend and second among defenders. This is his first WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Edwin Hookenson, Sr., Minnesota State: Assisted on the Mavericks' game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Michigan Tech and finished +2 on the weekend as MSU swept the two-game road set with the Huskies.
Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay stopped 48-of-49 shots in the Mavericks' two-game sweep at Michigan Tech over the weekend. The Downers Grove, Ill., native turned away all 31 shots he faced in Friday's 3-0 win for his sixth career shutout – and second of the season – before making 17 saves as MSU completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. McKay led the nation on the weekend in save percentage (.980) and shared the national lead in goals against average (0.50). His 48 saves ranked second in the WCHA. This is McKay's second goaltender of the week honor this season and the eighth career WCHA weekly award (2- Rookie, 6- Goaltender).
Honorable Mention: Kristian Stead, So., Alaska Anchorage: Stopped a WCHA weekend-high 58 shots as Alaska Anchorage picked up five of six points with a win and a tie at Alabama Huntsville. Zach Driscoll, Jr., Bemidji State: Turned away 44-of-46 shots in Bemidji State's sweep of Lake Superior State and finished fifth nationally in goals against average for the weekend at 1.00.
André Ghantous, Fr., F, Northern Michigan (Glendale, Calif.)
Northern Michigan forward André Ghantous led the Wildcats back from a 3-0 third period deficit with a pair of power play goals as the Wildcats rallied to earn a 3-3 tie with visiting St. Cloud State. The Glendale, Calif., native added his third goal of the weekend in Saturday's contest with the Huskies to share the WCHA lead in weekend goals and tie for third nationally. He is now on a six-game point streak (6g-1a/7pts) and has tallied five goals in his last four outings. This is Ghantous' first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Josh Latta, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville: Recorded a goal and an assist for his first career points on Friday against Alaska Anchorage. Filip Fornåå Svensson, Fr., Alaska: Scored his first two collegiate goals in the Nanooks' 3-1 over Arizona State on Friday. Kyle Looft, Fr., D, Bemidji State: Recorded his first collegiate points in the Beavers' 7-1 win over Lake Superior State with a pair of assists on Friday.