EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 26, 2015 – The league's top scorer and a pair of impressive goaltending efforts highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Oct. 19-25, 2015. The honorees are: Ferris State junior forward Gerald Mayhew (Offensive Player of the Week), Alaska Anchorage sophomore goaltender Olivier Mantha (Defensive Player of the Week) and Northern Michigan freshman goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Rookie of the Week).
Gerald Mayhew, Jr., F
Ferris State (Wyandotte, Michigan)
Mayhew had a big weekend, tying for the WCHA lead in goals (two) and points (four) as Ferris State went unbeaten (1-0-1) against visiting Wisconsin in nonconference play at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Both of the junior's goals were go-ahead strikes Friday, as he scored the game's first goal and later added a power-play tally that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. He finished the contest with three points, as he added an assist on an early third-period goal to help spark Ferris State's rally from a 4-2 deficit in an eventual 5-5 tie. Saturday, the Wyandotte, Mich. native assisted on the Bulldogs' opening goal in a 2-1 triumph. Mayhew finished the weekend with eight shots, a +1 rating and a block.
Also nominated: Gerry Fitzgerald, So., F, Bemidji State; Joel L'Esperance, So., F, Michigan Tech; Max McHugh, So., F, Alabama Huntsville; John Siemer, Jr., F, Northern Michigan
Olivier Mantha, So., G
Alaska Anchorage (La Tuque, Québec)
Mantha backstopped Alaska Anchorage to a win and tie, helping the Seawolves capture three of a possible four WCHA points during a road series at Alabama Huntsville. The sophomore from La Tuque, Québec led the league and ranked third nationally with 72 saves, while posting a .935 save percentage. Mantha made 35 saves in a 3-3 tie Friday, before posting a season-high 37 stops – including 17 in the first period alone – during a 3-2 UAA victory Saturday.
Also nominated: Jon Jutzi, Sr., D, Minnesota State; Graeme McCormack, Sr., D, Bemidji State; Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech; Darren Smith, Fr., G, Ferris State
Atte Tolvanen, Fr., G
Northern Michigan (Vihti, Finland)
Tolvanen continued an impressive rookie campaign, ranking second among all NCAA freshmen (seventh overall) with 63 saves as Northern Michigan split a home-and-home series with No. 16 Michigan Tech. The native of Vihti, Finland turned aside 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 NMU victory Friday – one of only two in the country last week for an unranked team against a ranked opponent (teams ranked in the USCHO.com poll were 14-2-2 vs. unranked schools). Tolvanen established a career high with 43 saves Saturday, helping keep the Wildcats close in a game they lost only 3-1 despite being outshot, 46-20.
Also nominated: Jetlan Houcher, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville; Ryker Killins, Fr., D, Ferris State; Gage Torrel, Fr., F, Lake Superior State