EDINA, Minn. – March 20, 2017 – For their roles in lifting Michigan Tech to a double-overtime victory in an epic league championship game, a trio of Huskies earn the final men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week awards of the 2016-17 season: senior forward Mike Neville (Offensive Player of the Week), senior defenseman Shane Hanna (Defensive Player of the Week) and freshman goaltender Angus Redmond (Defensive Player of the Week).
Mike Neville, Sr., F
Michigan Tech (Woodbridge, Ontario)
Neville assisted on Michigan Tech's final two goals as the Huskies captured the Broadmoor Trophy with a 3-2, double-overtime victory over Bowling Green. The senior from Woodbridge, Ontario was the primary helper on Jake Jackson's 4-on-4 goal at the 12:25 mark of the second period, a marker that increased the Huskies' lead to 2-0. With the game tied 2-2 six minutes into the second OT, the Huskies' assistant captain won the puck in neutral ice and fed it back to Matt Roy, whose subsequent outlet pass freed Shane Hanna for the breakaway winner. This is Neville's first career WCHA weekly award.
Shane Hanna, Sr., D
Michigan Tech (Salmon Arm, British Columbia)
Capping a night that will be forever remembered in Huskies' lore, Hanna scored at the 6:35 mark of double overtime in the 2017 WCHA Championship, a goal that lifted Michigan Tech to a 3-2 victory and sent the Houghton community into euphoric frenzy. Freed on a breakaway by a beautiful outlet pass from fellow blue-liner Matt Roy, Hanna calmly buried a wrist shot to give Tech the Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The senior from Salmon Arm, British Columbia also assisted on the Huskies' second goal, part of a two-point, championship game effort for the MTU assistant captain and second-team All-WCHA performer. For his heroics, Hanna was named the "First Star" and Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 WCHA Championship. This is Hanna's third career WCHA weekly award, as he also earned a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades during his freshman season.
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
Redmond backstopped Michigan Tech to the Broadmoor Trophy with a career-high 36 saves in the Huskies' 3-2, double-overtime win in the WCHA Championship. The freshman from Langley, British Columbia was in net for all but three seconds of the 86:35 contest, posting a .947 save percentage. Redmond made 19 stops over the first two periods as Tech built a 2-0 lead (including 12 in the second stanza alone); then, with the Huskies' season on the line, the rookie made nine saves in the 26:35 of overtime play. This is Redmond's fourth WCHA weekly award, while he is also the league's All-Rookie Team goaltender.