EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 7, 2016 – For their efforts in leading their teams to a combined 15 league points on the road, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 4-5, 2016 are: Bemidji State senior forward Phillip Marinaccio (Offensive Player of the Week), Alabama Huntsville sophomore defensemen Kurt Gosselin (Defensive Player of the Week) and Ferris State freshman goaltender Justin Kapelmaster (Rookie of the Week).
Phillip Marinaccio, Sr., F
Bemidji State (Nobleton, Ontario)
Marinaccio led now-No. 15 Bemidji State to a road sweep at Alaska, factoring in both game-winning goals and tying for the WCHA weekend lead with four points. The senior from Nobleton, Ontario tallied a goal and assist during the Beavers' four-goal, third-period outburst in Friday's series opener, scoring the eventual winner 1:02 into the stanza and helping on the final marker in a 6-2 victory. In Saturday's series finale, he picked up an assist on the tie-breaking, game-winner before netting a third-period insurance goal as the Beavers won, 3-1. Marinaccio scored his two goals on just three shots, while finishing the weekend with a +3 rating. This is Marinaccio's second career WCHA weekly award, as he also earned Rookie of the Week accolades during his 2013-14 freshman campaign.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Dorantes, Jr., F, Ferris State (tallied the game-winning goal Saturday in the Bulldogs' 3-1 road win at Bowling Green); Dominik Shine, Sr., F, Northern Michigan (scored twice, on just three shots, and netted the game-winner Friday as the Wildcats won at Wisconsin); Reid Sturos, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (had a goal and two assists in the Huskies' road split at Michigan State).
Kurt Gosselin, So., D
Alabama Huntsville (Brighton, Mich.)
Gosselin led all WCHA defensemen with two goals and tied for the high-water mark among blue-liners with three points, helping Alabama Huntsville to a road sweep at Alaska Anchorage. The sophomore from Brighton, Mich. tallied a power-play marker in UAH's 5-2 win Friday, before factoring on two Chargers' goals in a 3-2, overtime victory in Saturday's series finale. Gosselin gave UAH a 2-0 lead with a 4-on-4 goal 48 seconds before the second intermission and then, with just 1:06 remaining in overtime, he picked up the primary assist on Matt Salhany's game-winner. With the win, UAH picked up its second road sweep of the season – the first time the Chargers have accomplished that feat since the 2004-05 campaign. Gosselin finished the weekend with a +2 rating, while leading all WCHA skaters with 11 shots on goal. This is Gosselin's second career WCHA weekly award, as he also earned Rookie of the Week accolades once last season.
Honorable Mention: Mark Auk, Jr., D, Michigan Tech (had a goal and two assists in the Huskies' series split at Michigan State); Michael Bitzer, Jr., G, Bemidji State (went 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, 37 saves and a .925 save percentage in the Beavers' sweep at Alaska); Gordon Defiel, Jr., G, Lake Superior State (WCHA-high .940 save percentage, finishing with 47 saves and a 1.52 goals-against average in the Lakers' split with then-No. 10 Minnesota State); Joe Rutkowski, Fr., D, Ferris State (tallied a pair of assists – one each night – as the Bulldogs earned a road split at Bowling Green).
Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G
Ferris State (Coral Springs, Fla.)
After not playing in Friday night's series opener, Kapelmaster stepped between the pipes and backstopped Ferris State to a 3-1 win Saturday and road split at Bowling Green. The freshman from Coral Springs, Fla. notched his second victory in as many career starts, stopping 26-of-27 shots. Kapelmaster made 20 saves combined in the first and second periods as Ferris State built a 2-1 lead, then stopped all six Bowling Green shots in the final stanza as the Bulldogs held on for the two-goal victory. This is Kapelmaster's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Max Humitz, Fr., F, Lake Superior State (scored a power-play goal in the Lakers' 5-1 victory Friday over then-No. Minnesota State, then added an assist on LSSU's only score in a 2-1 setback Saturday); Jordan Larson, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville (tied for the WCHA freshmen lead with two assists, picking up a pair of helpers in the Chargers' 5-2, sweep-opening win Friday at Alaska Anchorage); Marc Michaelis, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored a short-handed goal in a loss Friday, then recorded an assist as the now-No. 11 Mavericks earned a split at now-No. 20 Lake Superior State); Alex Smith, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (had a pair of assists in the Huskies' 5-1 nonconference win Saturday at Michigan State); Zach Whitecloud, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted a power-play assist both nights, while logging a pair of blocked shots, in the now-No. 15 Beavers' road sweep at Alaska).