BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 15, 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 Feb. 11-13. Northern Michigan sophomore André Ghantous (Forward) and freshman goaltender Rico DiMatteo (Rookie), Michigan Tech junior Colin Swoyer (Defenseman) and Lake Superior State senior Mareks Mitens (Goaltender) took home this week's honors.
André Ghantous, So., Northern Michigan (Glendale, Calif.)
Northern Michigan's André Ghantous led both the Wildcats and the WCHA and finished second nationally in points (five) and assists (four) on the weekend, helping his team to a road sweep of then No. 17/RV Bemidji State. The sophomore scored the Wildcats' first shorthanded goal of the season on Friday night. He joined teammate Garrett Klee as one of two WCHA players to record a shorthanded goal this season and was one of five Division I skaters to record a shorty this weekend. The Glendale, Calif., native led NMU and the league with a +4 on-ice rating. This is Ghantous' second career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Cameron Wright, Sr., Bowling Green: Scored all three of the Falcons' goals in their weekend series against Lake Superior State to reach the 50-goal mark for his career and inch him closer to the 100-point milestone at 97. Pete Veillette, Jr., Lake Superior State: Recorded three points on two goals and an assist in the Lakers' road sweep of then-No. 12/12 Bowling Green. Todd Burgess, Sr., Minnesota State: Registered four points on two goals and two assists in helping Minnesota State to a two-game league road sweep at Alabama Huntsville.
Colin Swoyer, Jr., Michigan Tech (Hinsdale, Ill.)
Michigan Tech's Colin Swoyer tied for the WCHA defensemen lead with two points and one goal over the week. The Hinsdale, Ill., native led all league blueliners with a +4 rating and seven shots on goal. Swoyer scored Tech's second goal Saturday in the Huskies' 5-1 home non-conference win over Ferris State. The junior assisted on the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. Swoyer helped a Tech penalty kill unit that was a perfect 8-for-8 over three games last week. He has 12 points this season with a pair of goals and 10 assists. This is Swoyer's fourth career WCHA weekly honor and his third this season.
Honorable Mention: Andy Carroll, Jr., Minnesota State: Posted two points on a goal and an assist with a +1 rating as the Mavericks picked up a road sweep at Alabama Huntsville. Ben Newhouse, Sr., Northern Michigan: Potted his first goal of the season Saturday on the overtime game-winner to help Northern Michigan complete a road sweep of Bemidji State. Also led the NCAA with nine blocked shots on the weekend.
Mareks Mitens, Sr., Lake Superior State (Ventspils, Latvia)
Lake Superior State's Mareks Mitens led the Lakers to a weekend road sweep over then-No. 12/12 Bowling Green with back-to-back wins. The senior netminder totaled 120:17 minutes in goal for the Lakers in the series as he stopped 61 of the 64 shots he faced. The 61 saves ranked second among all WCHA netminders this week while Mitens recorded a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage in the series. With the pair of wins, Mitens' record this season improved to 6-3-3. The Ventspils, Latvia native has compiled a 1.85 GAA and a .936 save percentage in 14 appearances in the Laker net this season. This is Mitens' fifth career WCHA weekly honor and third this season.
Honorable Mention: Blake Pietila, So., Michigan Tech: Led WCHA goaltenders with a .968 save percentage and three wins over the week to lead the Huskies to three wins over Ferris State. Dryden McKay, Jr., Minnesota State: Broke the WCHA career shutout mark with his 22nd career shutout on Friday at Alabama Huntsville. He is now four shutouts away from equaling the NCAA record.
Rico DiMatteo, Fr., G, Northern Michigan (Brasher Falls, N.Y.)
Northern Michigan's Rico DiMatteo finished fourth in league netminding for the weekend and first among rookies with a .940 save percentage. The Brasher Falls, N.Y., native was fourth in goals against average and first among freshman class with 1.46 GAA. His 47 saves ranked third in the league and second among rookies. He finished 12th in the NCAA on the weekend in saves and fifth among rookies. His goals against average ranked fifth nationally among rookie goaltenders while he was seventh among Division I rookies in save percentage. This is DiMatteo's first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Stepan Porkorny, Fr., F, Ferris State: Registered his first collegiate goal on Saturday at Michigan Tech. Arvid Caderoth, Fr., F, Michigan Tech: Tied for the WCHA rookie lead with a pair of assists over the last week and led all newcomers with 19 faceoff wins. Akito Hirose, Fr., D, Minnesota State: Had +2 rating in the Mavericks' sweep over the Chargers and assisted on the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-0 victory.
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