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Quartet earns league recognition for games of Nov. 29-30
Bowling Green's Rauhauser And Minnesota State's Jaremko, McKay And Smith Earn WCHA Player Of The Week Honors
Quartet earns league recognition for games of Nov. 29-30

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 2, 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. 29-30. Bowling Green senior Alec Rauhauser (Defenseman) and Minnesota State junior Jake Jaremko (Forward), sophomore Dryden McKay (Goaltender) and freshman forward Nathan Smith (Rookie) earn this week's honors.

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Jake Jaremko, Jr., Minnesota State (Elk River, Minn.)

Minnesota State's Jake Jaremko registered three points on two goals and an assist as 1/1 Minnesota State claimed a two-game non-conference road sweep at No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The sweep by the Mavericks was the first by a visiting non-conference team at UMD since 2005. The Elk River, Minn., native assisted on Nathan Smith's power-play goal in Friday's 4-1 win. Jaremko scored the first and last goals of the game in Saturday's 3-1 win over the host Bulldogs. In his last four games, the junior has recorded five points on three goals and two assists. This is Jaremko's fourth career WCHA weekly honor. He was recognized as the Rookie of the Week three times as a freshman in 2017-18.

Honorable Mention: Connor Wood, Jr., Alabama Huntsville: Tied for the weekend league lead in scoring with three points as UAH split a pair of games with Northern Michigan. Max Newton, Jr., Alaska: Tallied a goal and an assist in the Nanooks' 4-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday and recorded 27 faceoff wins in the series. Frédéric Létourneau, Sr., Bowling Green: Registered an assist and a pair of power-play goals in Bowling Green's home-and-home sweep of No. 5/4 Notre Dame over the weekend. His goal on Friday was the game winner for the Falcons. Justin Michaelian, So., Ferris State: Potted a pair of goals and added an assist for Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage. Garrett Klee, So., Northern Michigan: Picked up the Wildcats' first short-handed goal of the season on Saturday, which turned out to be the game winner for NMU in its split at Alabama Huntsville.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Alec Rauhauser, Sr., Bowling Green (Bismarck, N.D.)

Senior Alec Rauhauser registered two points on the weekend against No. 5/4 Notre Dame, moving his career total to 101, becoming the first Falcon since 2018 to reach the milestone, the first Falcon defenseman since 1997 and just the 13th 100-point scorer all-time at BGSU. In the two wins over the Irish, the Bismarck, N.D., native was +4, including being +3 in the first game of the series, which took place in Notre Dame. This is the seventh WCHA weekly honor of his career and the first this season.

Honorable Mention: Tristan Thompson, Sr., Alaska: Potted the game-winning goal in the Nanooks' 4-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday. Tyler Vold, Jr., Bemidji State: Finished with two points on a goal and an assist in Bemidji State's series win at Lake Superior State. Joe Rutkowski, Sr., Ferris State: Scored once on the power play and assisted on two goals in the Bulldogs' series win at Alaska Anchorage. Connor Mackey, Jr., Minnesota State: Recorded two assists, including one on Friday's game winner, in the top-ranked Mavericks' sweep at No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay stopped 64-of-66 shots in backstopping the No. 1/1 Mavericks to two road non-conference wins at No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth. The Downers Grove, Ill., native had 27 saves on 28 shots in Friday's 4-1 victory and a career-high 37 saves on 38 shots in Saturday's 3-1 triumph. McKay stands 11-1-1 with an NCAA-best 1.14 goals against average and a .955 save percentage for 2019-20. In November, McKay led the country in GAA (0.99) and save percentage (.962). This is his fourth WCHA Goaltender of the Week award this season and his 10th career weekly honor (2- Rookie, 8- Goaltender).

Honorable Mention: Mark Sinclair, Jr., Alabama Huntsville: Guided the Chargers to their first win of the season with a 27-save performance in a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan on Friday. Zach Driscoll, Jr., Bemidji State: Turned aside 58-of-61 shots in the Beavers' road series win at Bemidji State. Eric Dop, Jr., Bowling Green: Played a key role in the Falcons' home-and-home sweep of No. 5/4 Notre Dame, stopping 48-of-52 shots in the two victories. Austin Shaw, Sr., Ferris State: Led the Bulldogs to a 4-1 win at Alaska Anchorage on Friday, turning away 28-of-29 shots in the win. Nolan Kent, So., Northern Michigan: Stopped 30-of-31 shots in his two appearances (one start) against Alabama Huntsville to help guide the Wildcats to a weekend road split.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

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

Forward Nathan Smith totaled three points on a goal and two assists as No. 1/1 Minnesota State claimed a two-game non-conference road sweep at No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth. The Hudson, Fla., native contributed a power play marker in Friday's 4-1 win over the Bulldogs and then had two assists in Saturday's 3-1 win over the two-time defending national champions. Smith assisted on Lucas Sowder's game-winner on Saturday. Smith is tied for eighth in the nation in freshmen scoring with 13 points on four goals and nine assists in 12 games played. This is his second Rookie of the Week honor this season.

Honorable Mention: Daneel Lategan, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville: Posted two points on a goal and an assist in UAH's weekend split with Northern Michigan. Didrik Henbrant, Fr., F, Alaska: Scored his first collegiate goal in the Nanooks' 4-3 win over Michigan Tech Friday. Carter Jones, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Logged the first two points of his collegiate career with a pair of assists in the Beavers' series win at Lake Superior State. Adam Pitters, Fr., F, Bowling Green: Scored his first collegiate goal in the Falcons' home win over Notre Dame on Saturday. Jake Willets, Fr., D, Ferris State: Recorded a goal and an assist along with three blocked shots in Ferris State's road series win at Alaska Anchorage. Tanner Vescio, Fr., D, Northern Michigan: Picked up his first collegiate point with an assist in the Wildcats' series opener at Alabama Huntsville Friday and recorded a team-high four blocks on Saturday.