BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 2, 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 Feb. 28-29. Minnesota sophomore Dryden McKay (Goaltender), Lake Superior State freshman forward Louis Boudon (Rookie) and a pair of Alaska Nanooks – junior Steven Jandric (Forward) and freshman Roberts Kalkis (Defenseman) – earn this week's honors.
Steven Jandric, Jr., Alaska (Prince George, B.C.)
Alaska's Steven Jandric led all WCHA players and tied for second nationally in scoring over the weekend, recording three goals and two assists for five points in two games. The Prince George, B.C., native posted his first career hat trick in Friday's 5-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage before earning two assists in Saturday's 6-1 win. Of Jandric's five points, two were on the man-advantage, one was Saturday's game-winning helper and one was Friday's game-winning goal. The junior closed out the weekend with a league-leading plus-four rating and continues to ride an 11-game point streak. His offensive efforts helped the Alaska Nanooks to their third WCHA sweep of the season, earning their eighth-straight Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup and securing home ice for the 2020 WCHA Playoffs. This is his third career WCHA weekly honor and his second this season.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Kruse, Jr., Bowling Green: Paced the Falcons with three points, on a goal and two assists, in their road sweep at Alabama Huntsville. Ashton Calder, So., Lake Superior State: Helped lead the Lakers to a pair of wins over Ferris State, registering four points on a goal and three assists. Trenton Bliss, So., Michigan Tech: Paced the Huskies in their 8-4 win over Northern Michigan with his first career hat trick on Friday. Darien Craighead, Sr., Northern Michigan: Led the Wildcats in points and goals with two tallies along with an assist as the Wildcats split with UP rival Michigan Tech.
Roberts Kalkis, Fr., Alaska (Riga Latvia)
Alaska's Roberts Kalkis led all WCHA blueliners and ranked second amongst WCHA rookies in points over the weekend, earning two goals and one assist for three points in Saturday's 6-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage. The game marked the Riga, Latvia, native's first multi-point night and first goal of his collegiate career. He led all WCHA rookies and defensemen in goals (two) and goals per games played (1.00). Kalkis also tied for first in plus/minus with plus-three and registered three blocks on the weekend. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Tommy Muck, Sr., Bemidji State: Topped the WCHA and shared the weekend national lead with seven blocked shots in the Beavers' split with then-No. 2/3 Minnesota State. Alec Rauhauser, Sr., Bowling Green: Logged three assists in the Falcons' sweep at Alabama Huntsville. Colin Swoyer, So., Michigan Tech: Recorded three assists in the Huskies' home-and-home split with Northern Michigan. Riese Zmolek, Jr., Minnesota State: Registered his first career game-winning goal Saturday to help the Mavericks clinch the WCHA regular season title.
Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State's Dryden McKay turned aside a career-high 38 shots in Saturday's 4-1 victory at Bemidji State. The win for the Mavericks clinched the 2019-20 WCHA regular-season championship and gave Minnesota State its fifth MacNaughton Cup in the last six years. The Downers Grove, Ill., native stands 28-4-2 with 1.30 goals against average and .943 save percentage with 10 shutouts for 2019-20. The sophomore leads nation in wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts. This is McKay's eighth Goaltender of the Week award this season and his 14th career weekly honor (2- Rookie, 12- Goaltender).
Honorable Mention: Zach Driscoll, Jr, Bemidji State: Turned aside 56-of-59 shots to help the Beavers to a split with then-No. 2/3 Minnesota State. Zach Rose, Fr., Bowling Green: Recorded his second-consecutive one-goal game as he stopped 21 shots to backstop the Falcons to a 4-1 win at Alabama Huntsville on Saturday.
Louis Boudon, Fr., F, Lake Superior State (Grenoble, France)
Freshman Louis Boudon led Lake Superior State to a sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs in the final weekend of the regular season as he tallied four points in the series. Boudon led all WCHA rookies in points and assists during the final weekend of play as he netted a goal and three helpers. In Friday's 5-0 win over the Bulldogs, Boudon notched an assist on the final goal of the game. The Grenoble, France native recorded his third three-point game of the season on Saturday when he assisted on the go-ahead goal in the late stages of the first period, scored the game-winning goal while on the power play, and would assist on the Lakers final goal to secure the win. With points in both games this weekend, Boudon has recorded his second five-game point streak of the season as he has eight points (2g-6a) in his last five meetings. Additionally, Boudon ranked first among rookies in power-play goals, game-winning goals and plus/minus this weekend. This is Boudon's second WCHA Rookie of the Week honor.
Honorable Mention: Roberts Kalkis, Fr., F, Alaska: Led all WCHA blueliners and ranked second among league rookies in points on the weekend. Zack Rose, Fr., G, Bowling Green: Stopped 21-of-22 shots in the Falcons' 4-1 win at Alabama Huntsville. Brenden Datema, Fr., D, Michigan Tech: Scored his first collegiate goal and registered an assist in Michigan Tech split with Northern Michigan.