BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2017 – The NCAA's top goal-scorer from last week, one of his teammates who excelled on the blue line, a hot goaltender and another impressive Falcon freshman highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 10-11, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota State sophomore Marc Michaelis (Offensive), Minnesota State junior Daniel Brickley (Defensive), Ferris State sophomore Justin Kapelmaster (Goaltender) and Bowling Green freshman forward Max Johnson (Rookie).
Marc Michaelis, So., F
Minnesota State (Mannheim, Germany)
Michaelis put on an offensive show, leading the NCAA with five goals – including a pair of game-winners – and tying for tops with six points (one assist) as now-No. 5/8 Minnesota State earned a big WCHA road sweep at Bemidji State. The sophomore from Mannheim, Germany collected his second career hat trick in Friday's 5-2 victory, snapping a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal 1:12 into the second period, extending the Maverick lead to 3-1 with a short-handed marker at the 11:27 mark and wrapping up the contest with an empty-net tally in the third period. He then added another two goals, along with an assist, in Saturday's wild 8-6 contest. Michaelis' first goal Saturday, his second short-handed score of the weekend, knotted the game at 2-2 in the first period; his second, an even-strength tally, broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Mavericks the lead for good with 9:59 remaining in regulation. This is Michaelis' first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his third career honor (he twice earned Rookie of the Week accolades en route to being named the 2016-17 WCHA Rookie of the Year).
Honorable Mention: Brent Baltus, Sr., Michigan Tech (Tech's captain scored twice, including the game-winner in a 4-1 win Friday over No. 20 Northern Michigan); Stephen Baylis, Jr., Bowling Green (matched his career high with four points in a 5-2 victory Saturday over Lake Superior State, scoring twice – including a short-handed tally and the game-winner – with two assists); Jay Dickman, Jr., Bemidji State (recorded his first career hat trick in an 8-6 loss to now-No. 5/8 Minnesota State, the first three-goal effort by a Beavers skater since Oct. 25, 2013); Josh Kestner, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (led the Chargers with three points on two goals and an assist, all in UAH's 3-3 tie Saturday against Alaska Anchorage); Mitch Maloney, Sr., Ferris State (scored a pair of goals, notching the final tally each night and running his goal-scoring streak to four-straight games, as the Bulldogs swept visiting Alaska); Robbie Payne, Sr., Northern Michigan (collected his third multi-goal effort of the season, scoring twice Saturday – his eighth and ninth of the season – as the No. 20 Wildcats defeated visiting Michigan Tech, 4-0).
Daniel Brickley, Jr., D
Minnesota State (Sandy, Utah)
Brickley tied for the scoring lead last week among WCHA defensemen, tallying a goal and two assists as now-No. 5/8 Minnesota State earned a league road sweep at Bemidji State. The junior from Sandy, Utah blocked a pair of shots and had two shots on goal in the Mavericks' 5-2, series-opening win Friday, before contributing three assists in Saturday's 8-6 triumph. In that contest, Brickley collected all his points during Minnesota State's three-goal second period; additionally, he was on the ice for only one of Bemidji State's six goals, finishing the contest with a plus-4 rating. This is Brickley's second WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and fourth of his career.
Honorable Mention: Dillon Eichstadt, Jr., Bemidji State (tied for the WCHA lead with eight blocked shots, while adding an assist in the Beavers' series against Minnesota State); Nate Kallen, So., Ferris State (scored a pair of goals – including the game-winner – Saturday, helping the Bulldogs complete a sweep of visiting Alaska); Cam Knight, Jr., Alabama Huntsville (collected a pair of assists, along with a plus-2 rating, as the Chargers earned four points against visiting Alaska Anchorage).
Justin Kapelmaster, So., G
Ferris State (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Kapelmaster picked up back-to-back victories, leading Ferris State to a league sweep of visiting Alaska. The sophomore from Coral Springs, Fla., made 53 stops in the series and posted a .930 save percentage – tops among WCHA goaltenders who played in both games last weekend. He turned aside 21-of-22 shots Friday in a 3-1 victory, then made 31 stops – including 13 in the third period – Saturday as the Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 5-3 triumph. Ferris State has now won three-straight games, all with the 2016-17 College Hockey News Freshman Goaltender of the Year in net. This is Kapelmaster's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 campaign and his fourth career honor (he earned two Rookie of the Week accolades and one Defensive Player of the Week nod last season).
Honorable Mention: Connor LaCouvee, Sr., Minnesota State (won both games last weekend as the now-No. 5/8 Mavericks swept host Bemidji State, stopping 30-of-32 shots in his Friday start and seven-of-eight in a relief effort Saturday); Atte Tolvanen, Jr., Northern Michigan (after not playing the previous two games, returned to the lineup and earned his second shutout of the season with 19 saves as the 20th-ranked Wildcats blanked visiting Michigan Tech, 4-0, on Saturday).
Max Johnson, Fr., F
owling Green (Lakeville, Minn.)
Johnson helped Bowling Green to its second-consecutive five-point league weekend, tying for the WCHA rookie scoring lead with three points. The freshman from Lakeville, Minn. factored in both Falcon goals in a 2-2 tie against Lake Superior State on Friday, lighting the lamp just 2:56 into the game and assisting on a go-ahead marker in the second period. During Saturday's contest, he picked up a helper on fellow freshman Cameron Wright's power-play goal that gave Bowling Green a 4-1 lead en route to a 5-2 triumph. Johnson finished the weekend with a plus-2 rating. This is Johnson's first career WCHA weekly award, while he becomes the third Falcons freshman this season to take home the league's weekly rookie honors (joining Cameron Wright and Eric Dop, who has won twice).
Honorable Mention: Charlie Combs, Fr., F, Bemidji State (tallied a power-play marker, 11 shots on goal, and a blocked shot in the Beavers' series with Minnesota State); Jake Jaremko, Fr., F, Minnesota State (registered three points on his first collegiate goal and two assists, helping the now-No. 5/8 Mavericks to a road sweep at Bemidji State); Joseph Nardi, Fr., F, Northern Michigan (scored his first two collegiate goals, one each night, and had the game-winner Saturday for the No. 20 Wildcats against Michigan Tech); Coale Norris, Fr., F, Ferris State (scored the game-winning goal Friday and assisted on Saturday's winning tally, helping the Bulldogs sweep visiting Alaska); Connor Wood, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville (earned his first collegiate points with a pair of assist in the Chargers' 5-1 victory over visiting Alaska Anchorage on Friday).