BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 18, 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. 15-16. Minnesota State sophomore Cade Borchardt (Forward) and junior Dryden McKay (Goaltender) and Bowling Green junior Will Cullen (Defenseman) and freshman Chrystopher Collin (Rookie) took home this week's honors.
Cade Borchardt, So., Minnesota State (Burnsville, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Cade Borchardt led the WCHA with four assists, including one on the game-winning goal in Saturday's 6-2 victory at then-No. 19/RV Lake Superior State. Three of the Burnsville, Minn., native's helpers were on the power play, which tied for the NCAA lead in that category on the weekend. The sophomore is in the midst of four-game point-scoring streak with seven points on two goals and five assists in that span, which covers four Maverick victories. He leads Minnesota State in scoring on the season with 13 points on five goals and eight assists. This is Borchardt's first WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Max Johnson, Sr., Bowling Green: Registered four points on two goals and two assists in the Falcons' two-game home non-conference sweep of Northern Michigan. Ethan Stewart, Jr., Ferris State: Totaled a team-high three points on a goal and two assists in the Bulldogs' 7-0 win over Trine (Ind.) on Saturday.
Will Cullen, Jr., Bowling Green (Pelham Manor, N.Y.)
Bowling Green junior defensemen Will Cullen registered five points for the Falcons this past weekend as they swept Northern Michigan in a home non-conference series. Cullen began the weekend with a goal and an assist on Friday night, assisting on the game-winner and scoring the fifth and final BGSU goal of the game, taking the puck the length of the ice. As for Saturday, Cullen upped his total to three points with a goal and two assists. He again assisted on the game-winner, this one being on the power play, and on another goal as well. As for his score, he maneuvered through the Northern Michigan defense for the Falcons' final goal of the game. His 12 assists on the season lead the team. This is Cullen's third WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Jake Willets, So., Ferris State: Tallied a goal and an assist in FSU's 7-0 non-conference home win over Trine University on Saturday. Finished +1 on the ice with a team-high seven shots and had a power-play goal for the Bulldogs in their first win of the year. Riese Zmolek, Sr., Minnesota State: Finished +3 with three shot blocks in two wins at then-No. 19/RV Lake Superior State.
Dryden McKay, Jr., Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State's Dryden McKay picked up nation-leading fifth shutout of the season in Friday's 3-0 win at then-No. 19/RV Lake Superior State. The win was his 19th career shutout, which ranks No. 2 in WCHA history and is tied for fourth all-time in the NCAA. The Downers Grove, Ill., native picked up a 6-2 win in the series finale with the Lakers on Saturday, extending his scoreless minutes streak to 217:37 before giving up a second-period power-play goal. The streak was the ninth-longest in WCHA history and the second 200+ minute streak of his career. McKay is now the only goaltender in WCHA history with two scoreless streaks of more than 200 minutes. This is his 16th career WCHA weekly honor and his second this season.
Honorable Mention: Eric Dop, Sr., Bowling Green: Stopped a season-high 36-of-37 shots in the Falcons' 5-1 home non-conference win against Michigan Tech to run his season record to 8-1-0. Roni Salmankangas, Jr., Ferris State: Notched his second career shutout with a 7-0 blanking of visiting Trine (Ind.) on Saturday.
Chrystopher Collin, Fr., F, Bowling Green (Montreal, Que.)
Bowling Green freshman forward Chrystopher Collin scored his first collegiate goal over the weekend, netting the game-winner in the Falcon's 5-1 home non-conference win over Northern Michigan on Friday. The Montreal, Que., native finished the weekend with three shots on goal and a blocked shot for the Falcons. This is Collin's first WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Antonio Venuto, Fr., F, Ferris State: Produced a pair of assists in the Bulldogs' 7-0 non-conference home win over Trine University on Saturday. Jake Livingstone, Fr., D, Minnesota State: Tied for first in the WCHA with a +4 rating in two road league wins at then-No. 19/RV Lake Superior State.
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