EDINA, Minn. – March 21, 2016 – Two of the heroes from Ferris State's run from four-seed to Final Five champion highlight the final men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week awards of the 2015-16 season. The honorees are: Ferris State junior forward Gerald Mayhew (Offensive Player of the Week) and Ferris State freshman goaltender Darren Smith (both Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week).
Gerald Mayhew, Jr., F
Ferris State (Wyandotte, Mich.)
Mayhew repeated as Offensive Player of the Week, capping a five-point effort in the 2016 WCHA Playoffs by converting on a penalty shot Saturday night for the Broadmoor Trophy-winning goal. The junior from Wyandotte, Mich. snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Bulldogs a 2-1, championship game victory with his penalty shot goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Mayhew led all skaters with 11 shots on goal during the Final Five and was named to the All-Tournament Team. The winger scored three goals (two game-winners) and had two assists, along with a WCHA-best 24 shots, during the 2016 league playoffs, helping Ferris State go 4-0 and advance to the West Regional of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This is Mayhew's third WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and his fourth career honor.
Also nominated: Brad McClure, So., F, Minnesota State (capped a WCHA Playoffs-best six-point postseason with the game-opening goal in the Mavericks' 2-1 semifinal win and an assist on MSU's lone championship game marker).
Darren Smith, Fr., G
Ferris State (Barrie, Ontario)
Smith was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 WCHA Final Five, allowing just one goal and stopping 43 shots as Ferris State upended MacNaughton Cup co-champions Michigan Tech and Minnesota State. The freshman from Barrie, Ontario made 30 saves in a 1-0 shutout in the semifinals, blanking a Michigan Tech team that had averaged 5.57 goals per game over its previous seven contests. He then allowed just a single goal on 13 shots during the championship game against Minnesota State, helping the Bulldogs hoist the Broadmoor Trophy following a 2-1 victory. The rookie was a perfect 4-0 during the 2016 WCHA Playoffs, leading the league with a .948 save percentage (91 stops) and a 1.25 goals-against average during 240 minutes in net. These are Smith's fifth and sixth WCHA weekly awards of his rookie campaign (first Defensive Player of the Week accolade).
Also nominated: Casey Nelson, Jr., D, Minnesota State (one of two defensemen to score in the Final Five, potting the game-winning goal in the Mavericks' 2-1 semifinal victory).