BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 11, 2017 – A trio of teammates who finished as the league's top scorers for their respective positions, along with a Cup-winning goaltender, highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Dec. 8-9, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota State senior forward Zeb Knutson (Offensive), Minnesota State junior Daniel Brickley (Defensive), Alaska sophomore Anton Martinsson (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).
Zeb Knutson, Sr.
Minnesota State (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Knutson racked up a WCHA-best five points (tied for second-most nationally) on two goals and three assists, helping now-No. 7 Minnesota State to a league road sweep at Lake Superior State. The senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota factored in four of the Mavericks' five second-period goals in a 5-1 win Friday, scoring once himself and handing out three assists – including an apple on Parker Tuomie's game-winning, power-play marker. He then gave Minnesota State a 2-0 lead with 12 seconds remaining in the first period Saturday, scoring on the power play to set the stage for an eventual 7-0 triumph. Knutson's three assists and three power-play points both led the WCHA, while he finished the series with six shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. This is Knutson's second career WCHA weekly award, both of which have come this season (also on Oct. 30).
Honorable Mention: Stephen Baylis, Jr., Bowling Green (scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal, while finishing the series with a plus-4 rating, as the Falcons took four points from Alabama Huntsville); Andrew Dorantes, Sr., Ferris State (scored twice Friday night, including the tie-breaking, game-winner late in the third period, as the Bulldogs won, 4-3 at Michigan Tech); Myles Fitzgerald, Sr., Bemidji State (returned to the ice after missing five games and helped the Beavers to a pair of ties with Northern Michigan, assisting on the equalizer Friday and scoring the tying goal Saturday); Jake Jackson, Jr., Michigan Tech (extended his scoring streak to six games with two goals and an assist, helping the Huskies split with Ferris State); Adam Rockwood, Jr., Northern Michigan (picked up a goal and an assist in the Wildcats' four-point series at Bemidji State, running his scoring streak to eight games).
Daniel Brickley, Jr.
Minnesota State (Sandy, Utah)
Brickley registered a goal and assist for four points – best among WCHA defensemen and tied for tops nationally – while helping No. 7 Minnesota State hold Lake Superior State to a single goal during the Mavericks' road sweep. The junior from Sandy, Utah had a three-point night a goal and two assists, all in the second period, during Friday's 5-1 win; one of his helpers came on the game-winning score. He picked up his second power-play point of the weekend Saturday, setting up one of Ian Scheid's two goals in a 7-0 victory. Defensively, Brickley and Minnesota State limited the host Lakers to just 37 shots on net in the two games. This is Brickley's third WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and fifth of his career.
Honorable Mention: Justin Baudry, Jr., Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with two points, scoring the tying goal Friday and assisting on the equalizer Saturday as the Beavers earned a pair of draws with Northern Michigan); Alec Rauhauser, So., Bowling Green (tallied a goal and an assist in the Falcons' 3-1 win over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday, while helping BGSU hold the Chargers to just 12 shots on goal).
Anton Martinsson, So.
Alaska (Klippan, Sweden)
Martinsson backstopped the Nanooks to a road sweep against in-state rival Alaska Anchorage, victories that secured the 2017-18 Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup and gave UAF six WCHA points. The only WCHA goaltender to earn two wins last weekend, Martinsson made 41 saves, posted a .911 save percentage and finished with a 2.00 goals-against average. The sophomore from Klippan, Sweden, pitched a shutout for the first 51:33 of Friday's game, finishing with 22 stops in a 7-2 Nanooks' win. Saturday night, 10 of Martinsson's 19 saves came in the third period, as Alaska held on for the 3-2, Cup-clinching win. This is the first career WCHA weekly award for Martinsson, who did not appear in any games as a freshman in 2016-17.
Honorable Mention: Michael Bitzer, Sr., Bemidji State (made 44 saves, playing all 130:00 in net as the Beavers earned a pair of ties against Northern Michigan); Mathias Israelsson, Jr., Northern Michigan (finished with 59 stops, including a season-high 35 Saturday, as the Wildcats took four points at Bemidji State); Justin Kapelmaster, So., Ferris State (made a season-high 45 saves, including 15 stops in the third period, to lift the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win at Michigan Tech); Connor LaCouvee, Sr., Minnesota State (earned his first career shutout, stopping 13 shots in the Mavericks' 7-0 victory Saturday at Lake Superior State).
Jake Jaremko, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Nowthen, Minn.)
Jaremko led WCHA rookies – and tied for tops nationally among freshmen – with four points last weekend, recording a goal and three assists as No. 7 Minnesota State earned a league road sweep at Lake Superior State. The Nowthen, Minn. native scored a power-play goal in the second period Friday; then, just over two minutes later, assisted on the final Mavericks marker in a 5-1 victory. Jaremko then assisted on a pair of goals by defenseman Ian Scheid in Saturday's 7-0 triumph, running his scoring streak to seven games (4g-9a=13pts). This is the first career WCHA weekly award for Jaremko, who was named the league's Rookie of the Month for November.
Honorable Mention: Robbie Beydoun, Fr., G, Michigan Tech (appeared in both games and posted a .946 save percentage in the Huskies' split with Ferris State, while earning his first collegiate victory with a 31-stop effort in Saturday's 5-1 win); Coale Norris, Fr., F, Ferris State (scored a goal during the Bulldogs' 4-3 win Friday at Michigan Tech, while finishing the weekend with a plus-2 rating).