BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 11, 2021 – 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 Jan. 7-9. Lake Superior State junior Pete Veillette (Forward) and senior Mareks Mitens (Goaltender) and Alabama Huntsville junior Dayne Finnson (Defenseman) and freshman Tyrone Bronte (Rookie) took home this week's honors.
Pete Veillette, Jr., Lake Superior State (Drummondville, Que.)
Lake Superior State junior forward Pete Veillette led all WCHA skaters in goals (three) and points (five) this weekend as the Lakers swept Northern Michigan in a road non-conference series. Veillette tied his previous single-game high in points with three in Friday's 4-1 win as he scored the game's first goal while on the power play. The Drummondville, Que., native assisted on the next two Laker goals, which included the game winner to post his second career three-point effort. On Saturday, he scored twice for the Lakers in the third period to force overtime. The goal marked the first time in Veillette's career that he recorded a multi-goal game, and the contest counted as his third multi-point game of the season. The forward's first goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win was scored shorthanded, making Veillette the only player in the WCHA to record a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal this week. In addition to the five-point effort this weekend, Veillette recorded six shots on goal and finished the series with a +3 rating. This is his second WCHA career weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Tyr Thompson, Jr., Alabama Huntsville: Tied for third in the WCHA this past weekend with three points on one goal and two assists in the Chargers' home sweep of Ferris State. Brendan Harris, Sr., Bemidji State: Tallied a power-play goal and two assists in the Beavers' split at then-No. 7/7 Bowling Green. Brandon Kruse, Sr., Bowling Green: Logged two points on a goal and an assist along with three shots on goal and a blocked shot in the series split against Bemidji State. Jake Transit, Jr., Ferris State: Had a team-high three points on the weekend with three assists, which all came in the same game on Friday, during the Bulldogs' weekend series at Alabama-Huntsville.
Dayne Finnson, Jr., Alabama Huntsville (Arborg, Man.)
Alabama Huntsville junior Dayne Finnson tied for first amongst WCHA defensemen this past weekend with three points on one goal and two assists in the Chargers' home sweep of Ferris State. All three of his points came on the power play with one goal and two helpers on the man advantage. The Arborg, Man., native scored the game-winning goal in Friday night's overtime win over Ferris State, finishing the game with a weekend-high two points on one goal and one assist. This is Finnson's second career WCHA weekly honor and second this season.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Vold, Sr., Bemidji State: Led Bemidji State with three blocked shots against Bowling Green. T.J. Lloyd, Fr., Bowling Green: Posted an assist, six shots on goal and a blocked shot in the Falcons' home split with Ferris State. Mitchell Oliver, Jr., Lake Superior State: Tallied three points on a goal and two assists in the Lakers' road non-conference sweep of Northern Michigan.
Mareks Mitens, Sr., Lake Superior State (Ventspils, Latvia)
Lake Superior State senior goaltender Mareks Mitens led the Lakers to a weekend road non-conference sweep over Northern Michigan. Mitens recorded his third and fourth wins of the season with 27 saves in a 4-1 win on Friday and 32 stops on the Wildcats in a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday. The Ventspils, Latvia native stopped 59 of the 62 shots he faced to record a 1.50 goals against average and a .952 save percentage in the series. The Laker goalie led all WCHA netminders in both goals against average and save percentage this week and was one of two league goaltenders this week to record two wins. Mitens has now allowed two or fewer goals in all but one of his 10 appearances this season. Through the Lakers' first 10 games of the season, Mitens has a 1.57 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. This is Mitens' fourth WCHA weekly honor and second of the season.
Honorable Mention: Eric Dop, Sr., Bowling Green: Stopped 63 of 69 shots in the Falcons' home split with Bemidji State. David Fessenden, So., Alabama Huntsville: Turned away a WCHA weekend-high 68 shots in the Chargers' home sweep of Ferris State.
Tyrone Bronte, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville (Melbourne, Australia)
Alabama Huntsville's Tyrone Bronte led all WCHA freshmen this weekend with three points on two goals and one assist in the Chargers' home sweep of Ferris State. The Melbourne, Australia native's two power-play goals were the most amongst WCHA players overall this weekend. He had a weekend-high two points on one goal and one assist in the overtime win on Friday night. This is Bronte's second career WCHA Rookie of the Week award.
Honorable Mention: Eric Martin, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Netted his first collegiate goal to help the Beavers to a 4-3 overtime victory over then-No. 7/7 Bowling Green Friday. Chrystopher Collin, Fr., F, Bowling Green: Contributed two assists to the Falcons' attack this weekend. Mitch Deelstra, Fr., F, Ferris State: Totaled eight shots with one goal in the Bulldogs' weekend series at Alabama Huntsville.
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