BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 14, 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. 11-13. Bowling Green senior Max Johnson (Forward) and freshman Seth Fyten (Rookie) and Michigan Tech junior Colin Swoyer (Defenseman) and sophomore Blake Pietila (Goaltender) took home this week's honors.
Max Johnson, Sr., Bowling Green (Lakeville, Minn.)
Bowling Green senior forward Max Johnson totaled three points on the weekend while the Falcons swept Ferris State. Johnson scored a goal in each contest, including the game-winner on Friday night on a redirect in front of the net with 12 seconds left in regulation to secure the 3-2 BGSU victory. The Lakeville, Minn., native also added an assist on Saturday night, with the secondary helper on Cameron Wright's game-winner. With six goals through seven games, Johnson leads the Falcons in goals scored and is tied for the most goals scored so far this season in the NCAA. This is Johnson's fifth career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Alex Ierullo, Jr., Bemidji State: Potted the game-winning goal and assisted on another score in Bemidji State's Saturday win over Michigan Tech. Ethan Stewart, Jr., Ferris State: Tallied his first career goal on Saturday night in the Bulldogs' home-opening setback to Bowling Green. Trenton Bliss, Jr., Michigan Tech: Scored two goals and added an assist in Tech's weekend split at Bemidji State.
Colin Swoyer, Jr., Michigan Tech (Hinsdale, Ill.)
Michigan Tech's Colin Swoyer led WCHA defensemen in points with two assists on the weekend. The junior blueliner assisted on the Huskies' first and second goals in a 3-0 win at Bemidji State Sunday. The Hinsdale, Ill., native tied for the WCHA weekend lead in blocked shots with five and finished with a +2 rating on the weekend. This is Swoyer's second career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Looft, So., Bemidji State: Finished the weekend +2 with four blocked shots for the Beavers. Will Cullen, Jr., Bowling Green: Recorded the primary assist on the Falcons' game-winning goal on against Ferris State on Friday and blocked four shots on the weekend. Jake Willets, So., Ferris State: Netted a power-play goal in the Bulldogs' weekend series with Bowling Green.
Blake Pietila, So., Michigan Tech (Howell, Mich.)
Michigan Tech sophomore Blake Pietila led the WCHA in goals-against average and save percentage. The Howell, Mich., native was the only WCHA goaltender to record a shutout on the weekend, blanking Bemidji State on Sunday for his first career shutout. Pietila stopped 31 shots in the victory. He came off the bench Saturday and stopped 10 shots in relief. This is Pietila's second career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Eric Dop, Sr., G, Bowling Green: Picked up his fourth win of the season to secure the Falcons' sweep of their home-and-home series with Ferris State.
Seth Fyten, Fr., F, Bowling Green (Didsbury, Alta.)
Bowling Green freshman forward Seth Fyten recorded two goals on three shots over the weekend for the Falcons as they swept Ferris State. Fyten began the weekend on Friday by logging his first career collegiate point with a goal in the second period on a wrap-around score. He then followed it up with another goal on Saturday night.
Honorable Mention: Lukas Sillinger, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Scored his first collegiate goal in the Beavers' 6-3 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday. Mitch Deelstra, Fr., F, Ferris State: Recorded a team-high six shots on goal and netted his first collegiate goal on the weekend. Carson Bantle, Fr., F, Michigan Tech: Scored his first career goal in the Huskies' series at Bemidj State.
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