EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 3, 2016 – A pair of teammates who sparked a stunning opening-weekend road sweep, along with a forward who displayed a knack for setting up others, highlight the first men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for the 2016-17 campaign. The honorees are: Alabama Huntsville junior forward Max McHugh (Offensive Player of the Week), Alabama Huntsville senior goaltender Matt Larose (Defensive Player of the Week) and Ferris State redshirt freshman forward Craig Pefley (Rookie of the Week).
Max McHugh, Jr., F
Alabama Huntsville (Seattle, Wash.)
McHugh led the UAH offense with two goals, scoring once each game, as the Chargers opened with a road sweep at No. 20 Ferris State. The junior from Seattle, Wash. scored the first goal of the 2016-17 WCHA season when he found the back of the net just 5:21 into the opening period Friday night. He then snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period Sunday, scoring a power-play goal at the 17:21 mark to put UAH ahead to stay in an eventual 4-3 win. McHugh finished the weekend with a team-high eight shots on goal, a +1 rating and two blocked shots. This is McHugh's third career WCHA weekly award, having earned two Rookie of the Week accolades as a freshman in 2014-15.
Honorable Mention: Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State (scored twice Sunday, while leading both teams with nine shots on goal over the weekend).
Matt Larose, Sr., G
Alabama Huntsville (Nainaimo, British Columbia)
Larose had a stellar weekend for UAH, backstopping the Chargers to their first-ever sweep of a ranked opponent and to their first 2-0 start since the 2001-02 season. The senior from Nainaimo, British Columbia stopped 67-of-71 shots over the two games for a .944 save percentage, while eclipsing the 30-save mark both nights. He opened with a 37-save performance in a 2-1 win Saturday, preserving the one-goal triumph by turning aside all 20 shots he faced in the third period. Larose made 30 stops in the Chargers' 4-3 win Sunday. For the weekend, he helped hold Ferris State to just one goal in 10 power-play opportunities. This is Larose's second career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Dane Birks, So., D, Michigan Tech (had an even rating Saturday night, then contributed a pair of assists and a shot on goal Sunday).
Craig Pefley, F
Ferris State (St. Clair, Mich.)
Pefley was a playmaker for Ferris State, as the redshirt freshman assisted on three of the Bulldogs' four goals. He had the primary assist on Mitch Maloney's tying goal Saturday, and then was the primary helper on both Gerald Mayhew goals Sunday. Despite the fact that Ferris State was swept, Pefley finished the weekend with a +3 rating.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Larson, F, Alabama Huntsville (recorded his first career point with an assist during UAH's 4-3 win Sunday, while finishing the weekend with an even rating and two blocked shots).