EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 31, 2016 – The return of a clutch scorer and a pair of outstanding efforts in net highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Oct. 28-29, 2016. The honorees are: Ferris State senior forward Gerald Mayhew (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State junior goaltender Michael Bitzer (Defensive Player of the Week) and Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond (Rookie of the Week).
Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F
Ferris State (Wyandotte, Mich.)
Returning to the Ferris State lineup after missing the previous four games due to injury, Mayhew made an immediate impact with four points as the Bulldogs earned a split at then-No. 9 Minnesota State. The senior from Wyandotte, Mich. scored two goals Saturday, including the tie-breaking, game-winner with 1:01 remaining in regulation, as Ferris State won 4-3 for its first victory of the season. He also had two assists with helpers on both Bulldog goals in Friday's 4-2 loss, marking his first action since Oct. 6. Mayhew tied for the WCHA points lead on the weekend, while finishing with a +1 rating. This is Mayhew's first WCHA weekly honor of the season and his fifth career accolade.
Honorable Mention: Brent Baltus, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (had a goal and assist, including the helper on Friday's game-winner, as the Huskies swept a home-and-home series against Northern Michigan); Marcus Basara, Sr., F, Alaska (had a three-point weekend, including the overtime game-winner Saturday as the Nanooks split at Lake Superior State); Mitch Hults, So., F, Lake Superior State (tied for the WCHA scoring lead with four points on two goals and two assists, while leading the league with 12 shots and 28 face-off wins); Brad McClure, Jr., F, Minnesota State (led the WCHA with three goals, scoring twice Friday in the No. 10 Mavericks' 4-2 win and again Saturday to tie the game late in the third period).
Michael Bitzer, Jr., G
Bemidji State (Moorhead, Minn.)
Bitzer set Bemidji State's career shutout record and helped the No. 18 Beavers remain undefeated in WCHA play, posting a .969 save percentage and a league-best 0.49 goals-against average in a sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage. The junior from Moorhead, Minn. passed BSU great Matt Climie (2004-08) and entered the school record books Saturday night with his 13th career shutout (most among active NCAA goaltenders), a 17-save effort in a 4-0 win. Bitzer made 14 saves in a 2-1, overtime win Friday, before notching his NCAA-leading third blank slate of the campaign in the series finale. He also helped Bemidji State's penalty-kill unit to a perfect 7-for-7 mark on the weekend. This is Bitzer's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his ninth career honor, including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Chatham, Jr., D, Lake Superior State (tied for tops among WCHA defensemen with a +3 rating, while logging a league-high eight blocked shots); Mark Friedman, Jr., G, Bowling Green (scored both nights in Bowling Green's split at Miami, including the tying goal with 1:06 remaining in regulation Friday and the final tally in a 4-1 victory Saturday); Jesse Jenks, So., G, Alaska (posted a 62-save weekend at Lake Superior State, including a season-best 38 stops in an overtime win Saturday); Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G, Ferris State (earned his first collegiate victory with a 28-save effort Saturday as the Bulldogs won, 4-3, at then-No. 9 Minnesota State); Alec Vanko, So., D, Minnesota State (had a goal and an assist, and finished with a +2 rating, as the Mavericks split against visiting Ferris State)
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
Redmond stopped 48-of-49 shots to pick up a pair of wins in his first two career starts, leading Michigan Tech to a home-and-home sweep of UP rival Northern Michigan. The freshman from Langley, British Columbia was outstanding, going the first 100 minutes and 10 seconds of the series before finally allowing a goal. He opened the weekend with a shutout in his first collegiate start, making 19 saves in the Huskies' 2-0 home victory Friday. Redmond was perhaps even better on the road, turning aside 29-of-30 shots as Tech earned a 5-1 win at the Berry Events Center. This is Redmond's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Ross Heidt, Fr., F, Alaska (recorded a power-play goal and an assist in the Nanooks' 4-3, overtime win Saturday at Lake Superior State); Max Humitz, Fr., F, Lake Superior State (scored a goal in the Lakers' 3-2 win Friday, while tying for the WCHA rookie lead with a +2 rating); Dylan McCrory, Fr., F, Bemidji State (scored his first collegiate goal Saturday as the Beavers' defeated Alaska Anchorage, 4-0); Craig Pefley, Fr., F, Ferris State (had a three-point weekend with a goal and two assists as the Bulldogs earned a road split at then-No. 10 Minnesota State).