BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 27, 2017 – Offensive efforts, including the NCAA's top point-producer from last week, highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 22-26, 2017. The honorees are: Ferris State senior Mitch Maloney (Offensive), Ferris State senior Tyler Dorantes (Defensive), Michigan Tech junior Patrick Munson (Goaltender) and Bemidji State freshman forward Charlie Combs (Rookie).
Mitch Maloney, Sr.
Ferris State (Macomb, Mich.)
Maloney led the country last week with four goals and five points, helping Ferris State to a WCHA road split at Alabama Huntsville. The senior from Macomb, Mich. had a natural hat trick in the Bulldogs' 6-2 victory Friday night, scoring three times in a 12-minute span of the third period. He became the first Bulldog with a hat trick since January 5, 2013, while he also assisted on the game-winning marker in that contest (factoring in the final four of six-straight Ferris State goals). Maloney's fourth goal of the weekend gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead late in the second period Saturday, as he finished the weekend with 10 shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. He is now tied for the WCHA lead (and tied for third nationally) with 12 goals – a total that already matches his single-season career high, with 20 regular season games remaining. This is Maloney's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Brent Baltus, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (had four points in the Huskies' road sweep at Alaska, totaling two goals and two assists); Jordan Heller, Sr., F, Bemidji State (scored a pair of goals in the Beavers' 5-3 nonconference road win at Princeton); Josh Kestner, Sr., F, Alabama Huntsville (paced the Chargers with three points in a split with Ferris State, scoring twice and adding an assist).
Tyler Dorantes, Sr.
Ferris State (Waterford, Mich.)
Dorantes was an offensive spark from the Ferris State blue line, tallying three assists as the Bulldogs earned a road split at Alabama Huntsville. The senior from Waterford, Mich. matched two others for the WCHA defenseman scoring lead last weekend, while his three helpers tied for tops among all skaters. Normally known for his defensive work, Dorantes earned his first collegiate "playmaker" by assisting on three-consecutive Bulldog goals as Ferris State rallied for 6-2 win Friday. His first assist came on Liam MacDougall's first career goal that got FSU on the board, his second helped the Bulldogs tie the contest and his third came on Corey Mackin's game-winner. He finished the series with a plus-5 rating. This is Dorantes' first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Alec Rauhauser, So., D, Bowling Green (had a two-point series, including scoring the tying goal with 38 seconds remaining Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Miami); John Teets, Jr., D, Alabama Huntsville (had a goal and assist, while adding four blocked shots as the Chargers split with Ferris State); Mitch Reinke, So., D, Michigan Tech (scored a goal Friday and had an assist Saturday, helping Tech to a road sweep at Alaska); Zach Whitecloud, So., D, Bemidji State (notched a pair of assists in the Beavers' 5-3 nonconference road win at Princeton, his first collegiate game since Nov. 4).
Patrick Munson, Jr.
Michigan Tech (Hugo, Minn.)
Munson made a WCHA-best 73 saves last weekend, helping Michigan Tech to a road sweep at Alaska, despite being outshot 78-65. The junior from Hugo, Minn. made 39 saves in a 5-4 overtime win Friday, then stopped 34-of-35 shots in a 5-1 victory Saturday (including 52:50 of shutout hockey). His save total ranked seventh nationally last week, while he was second in the WCHA with a .936 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average. This is the first WCHA weekly award for Munson, who is in his first season in the league.
Honorable Mention: Darren Smith, Jr., Ferris State (played both nights of the Bulldogs' road split at Alabama Huntsville, collecting 52 saves on the weekend).
Charlie Combs, Fr., F
Bemidji State (St. Louis, Mo.)
Combs collected the first multi-goal game of his career, including the game-winner, as Bemidji State earned a 5-3, nonconference road win last Wednesday at Princeton. The freshman from St. Louis, Mo. tied the contest at 1-1 just 3:49 into the first period, then put the Beavers ahead, 4-2, at the 4:25 mark of the second period. The only WCHA rookie with two goals last week, Combs was tied for second nationally among first-year skaters. He finished the series with seven shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. This is Combs' first WCHA weekly award of his freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Seamus Donohue, Fr., D, Michigan Tech (had two points, including his first collegiate goal, in Tech's road sweep at Alaska); Brandon Kruse, Fr., F, Bowling Green (posted an assist Friday and scored on a penalty shot Saturday, helping the Falcons to a tie against Miami); Liam MacDougall, Fr., F, Ferris State (scored his first collegiate goal in the Bulldogs' 6-2 win Friday at UAH).