BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 9, 2020 – 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 March 6-8. Bowling Green sophomore Tim Theocharidis (Defenseman) and a trio of Michigan Tech Huskies – sophomore Tommy Parrottino (Forward), senior Matt Jurusik (Goaltender) and freshman forward Logan Pietila (Rookie) – earn this week's honors.
Tommy Parrottino, So., Michigan Tech (Rochester Hills, Mich.)
Sophomore forward Tommy Parrottino led the WCHA with four goals in the first round of the playoffs as the Huskies swept Northern Michigan. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native recorded his second natural hat trick of the season Friday with three goals in the third period, including the game-winner 2:19 after the second intermission. Parrottino also led the league with a plus-5 rating and was on the ice for Logan Pietila's triple overtime game-winner on Saturday. Parrottino is one of three players in the country with a pair of hat tricks this season. Tech leads the nation with five hat tricks. Parrottino is second on the team with 14 goals and also has seven assists for 21 points this season. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Adam Brady, Sr., Bemidji State: Registered both game-winning goals in the Beavers' 2-1 series victory over Lake Superior State and led the NCAA in shots on goal on the weekend with 32 as BSU recorded its first WCHA postseason series win since 2017. Brandon Kruse, Jr., Bowling Green: Recorded assists on five of the Falcons' seven goals in their sweep of Alaska to share the WCHA points lead for the weekend. Marc Michaelis, Sr., Minnesota State: Tallied five points on a goal and four assists to tie for the league weekend scoring lead as the Mavericks opened the 2020 WCHA Postseason with a sweep of Alaska Anchorage.
Tim Theocharidis, So., Bowling Green (Scarborough, Ont.)
During Friday's 4-2 win over Alaska, Tim Theocharidis tallied a point on three of the Falcons' four goals. He registered an assist on BGSU's first goal of the night from Alex Barber that knotted the score at 1-1, then potted a power-play goal that put Bowling Green in front, 3-2, and went down as the eventual game-winner. The Scarborough, Ont., native capped the night with his second assist on the Falcon's final goal. The multiple assist game was his first of the season and second of his career while the three points was his first time tallying at least three points in a single game during his collegiate career. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Elias Rosėn, Fr., Bemidji State: Posted two points on a goal and an assist and blocked seven shots in the Beavers' three-game series win over Lake Superior State.
Matt Jurusik, Sr., Michigan Tech (La Grange, Ill.)
Michigan Tech senior Matt Jurusik led the WCHA with a 1.46 goals-against average, a .951 save percentage, and two wins in the first round of the playoffs as the Huskies swept Northern Michigan. The La Grange, Ill., native stopped 34 shots Friday and made 43 saves to set a new personal career high as the Tech netminder on Saturday. He hasn't allowed a goal in the last 69:08 after Tech won the second-longest game in program history with a 4-3 triple overtime win. He ranks ninth in the nation with 19 wins. This is his second career WCHA Goaltender of the Week honor.
Honorable Mention: Zach Driscoll, Jr, Bemidji State: Stopped 76-of-81 shots to help the Beavers to a 2-1 WCHA series win over Lake Superior State. Eric Dop, Jr., Bowling Green: Backstopped the Falcons to a road sweep of No. 4 seed Alaska to send Bowling Green to the WCHA semifinals.
Logan Pietila, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (Howell, Mich.)
Michigan Tech's Logan Pietila led WCHA rookies with four points, a plus-4 rating, and 21 faceoff wins in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs as the Huskies swept Northern Michigan Pietila scored the game-winning and series-clinching goal 4:41 into the third overtime to give Tech a 4-3 win Saturday to end the second-longest game in program history. The Howell, Mich., native had two points each night with a pair of assists Friday and a goal and an assist Saturday. Pietila leads WCHA rookies with three game-winning goals this season and ranks seventh amongst WCHA newcomers with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: T.J. Lloyd, Fr., D, Bowling Green: Potted the Falcon's game-winning goal in the quarterfinal-opening victory at Alaska. Lucas Sowder, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Recorded the first four-point game of his collegiate career with four assists in the Mavericks' 8-1 win over Alaska Anchorage on Friday.