BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 21, 2020 – The Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its Players of the Week, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup, for the games of Dec. 16-19. Bowling Green senior Connor Ford (Forward) and sophomore Zack Rose (Goaltender), Michigan Tech junior Colin Swoyer (Defenseman) and Minnesota State freshman Akito Hirose (Rookie) took home this week's honors.
Connor Ford, Sr., Bowling Green (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Bowling Green senior Connor Ford totaled four points over the weekend as the Falcons posted a road sweep of then-No. 11/11 Quinnipiac. Ford's four points included a power-play, game-winning goal on Saturday to push the Falcons ahead 3-2 after trailing 2-0. In addition to scoring the game-winner, The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also assisted on the first and last goals of the night for the Falcons to total his first three-point performance of the season. On Friday, he assisted on Evan Dougherty's short-handed, empty-net score in the third period. The four-point weekend brings Ford's career point total to 96, just four away from becoming the 75th player in program history to reach the hundred-point milestone. This is Ford's second career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Ethan Somoza, Sr., Bemidji State: Posted his first career three-point game at No. 5/5 Minnesota State Friday with two goals and an assist against the Mavericks. Lucas Finner, Sr., Ferris State: Recorded a power-play goal and an assist against Ferris State on Dec. 16. Trenton Bliss, Jr., Michigan Tech: Tallied three points in the Huskies' home-and-home sweep of Northern Michigan. Cade Borchardt, So., Minnesota State: Scored twice and assisted on two other scores against Bemidji State. AJ Vanderbeck, So., Northern Michigan: Potted three goals and added an assist in three games against Ferris State and Michigan Tech this week.
Colin Swoyer, Jr., Michigan Tech (Hinsdale, Ill.)
Michigan Tech's Colin Swoyer led WCHA defensemen with two assists on the weekend. He finished second amongst league blueliners with six blocked shots and helped the Huskies' penalty kill go 4-for-4 against Northern Michigan. This is the Hinsdale, Ill., native's third career WCHA weekly honor and second Defenseman of the Week award in as many weeks.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Vold, Sr., Bemidji State: Logged his first career multi-point game Friday with a goal and assist at No. 5/5 Minnesota State. Tim Theocharidis, Jr., Bowling Green: Tallied two points on a goal and assist in the Falcons' road sweep of then-No. 11/11 Quinnipiac. Drew Cooper, Fr., Ferris State: Recorded his first career goal to open the scoring for the Bulldogs against Northern Michigan on Dec. 16.
Zack Rose, So., Bowling Green (Paradise, N.F.)
Bowling Green's Zack Rose started the first game of the Falcons' road series against then-No. 11/11 Quinnipiac. The Paradise, N.F., native stopped a season-high 23 shots in 60 minutes of play, including multiple difficult saves in the third period to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 win over the Bobcats. The win moved Rose's season record to 3-1-0. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Blake Pietila, So., Michigan Tech: Led the WCHA with two wins in a sweep of Northern Michigan. Ryan Edquist, Sr., Minnesota State: Stopped 16-of-17 shots in 65 minutes of a 1-1 tie with Bemidji State in his Maverick debut on Saturday.
Akito Hirose, Fr., D, Minnesota State (Calgary, Alta.)
Minnesota State defenseman Akito Hirose tallied two assists in Minnesota State's 5-4 win over visiting Bemidji State on Friday to lead all WCHA rookies in points and assists on the weekend. The Calgary, Alta,, native finished the weekend with six shots on goal, two blocked shots and a +1 rating. This is his first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Lukas Sillinger, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Netted Bemidji State's lone goal in a 1-1 tie at No. 5/5 Minnesota State on Saturday. Drew Cooper, Fr., Ferris State: Recorded his first career goal to open the scoring for the Bulldogs against Northern Michigan on Dec. 16. Carson Bantle, Fr., F, Michigan Tech: Scored once and led all league newcomers with eight shots on goal on the weekend.
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