BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 1, 2017 – Following a month with several impressive individual performances, the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to honor some of its many November standouts. The WCHA Players of the Month for November 2017 are: Ferris State senior Mitch Maloney (Offensive), Bowling Green sophomores Alec Rauhauser (Defensive) and Ryan Bednard (Goaltender), and Minnesota State freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).
Mitch Maloney, Sr.
Ferris State (Macomb, Mich.)
There was no more potent goal-scorer in the WCHA – and nearly nationally – in November than Maloney, who lit the lamp nine times in eight games. The senior from Macomb, Mich. scored three more goals than other WCHA skater last month, while matching Clarkson's Josh Dickinson for the most in the country. He also tallied an assist for a WCHA-best 10 points, while tying for second in the league with a plus-7 rating.
Maloney tallied a goal in seven of Ferris State's eight games last month, helping the Bulldogs to a 3-1-0-0 league record and an overall 4-4-0 mark. He capped the month as the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (and NCAA "Second Star") following a four-goal series at Alabama Huntsville, including a natural hat trick in a 6-2 victory Nov. 24 – the first by a Bulldog since Jan. 5, 2013. Maloney also notched the third-period, tying goal in a 3-2 overtime win at Michigan on Nov. 3. His eight even-strength goals last month were the most by any D-I skater.
With 12 goals this season, Maloney is now tied with Northern Michigan's Robbie Payne for the overall WCHA lead (good for third-most nationally). The dozen scores also match Maloney's single-season career high, with 20 games remaining on Ferris State's regular season schedule. This is Maloney's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Stephen Baylis, Jr., Bowling Green (led the Falcons and tied for second in the WCHA with nine points, while his three goals were of the power-play, shorthanded and game-winning variety); Josh Kestner, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (helped the Chargers to a 4-3-1 month with seven points, tallying five goals – including three on the power play – and two assists); Robbie Payne, Sr., Northern Michigan (scored the second-most goals and had the fourth-most points in the WCHA, lighting the lamp six times and handing out two assists).
Alec Rauhauser, So., D
Bowling Green (Bismark, N.D.)
Rauhauser excelled on both ends of the ice, helping Bowling Green to a 3-2-3 month that pushed the Falcons within a point of the WCHA lead. He tied for the WCHA defenseman scoring lead with seven points, scoring three goals with four assists. The sophomore also paced league blue-liners with 28 shots on goal and five power-play points (2g-3a), while he added a game-winning goal and eight blocked shots.
A native of Bismark, N.D., Rauhauser ended November on a three-game point streak. He earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Falcons to a split at then-No. 5 Minnesota State on Nov. 17-18. In the series finale, Rauhauser tied his career high with three points, logged his first collegiate multi-goal game and scored the game-winner. He capped the month with a dramatic goal in a 2-2 tie with Miami on Nov. 25, scoring the equalizer with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
Earlier in November, Rauhauser notched an assist on John Schilling's game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Michigan Tech – BGSU's first win over the Huskies since Nov. 14, 2015. He has recorded 12 points in 15 games overall this season, leading WCHA defenseman and ranking 22nd nationally with an average of 0.80 points per game. This is Rauhauser's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Philip Beaulieu, So., Northern Michigan (tallied five points on two goals and three assists, while ranking sixth in the league with 14 blocked shots).
Ryan Bednard, So.
Bowling Green (Macomb, Mich.)
One of the WCHA's top goaltenders all season and among the best nationally in 2017-18, Bednard put together an excellent November as Bowling Green climbed up the league standings. The sophomore was undefeated in six games (four starts), going 2-0-2 and leading the WCHA with both a 1.67 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
Bednard's terrific month began with an extended effort in a 2-2 tie Nov. 4 at Michigan Tech. After making 27 saves through 65 minutes, he made crucial stops in the 3-on-3 overtime and a six-round shootout as the Falcons earned an extra league point. On Nov. 17 at Minnesota State, Bednard backstopped BGSU to a 4-1 win over the fifth-ranked Mavericks with 20 stops. He also made 29 saves – and tallied an assist – in a 5-2 victory over Lake Superior State (Nov. 11), while he turned aside 23-of-25 shots in a 2-2 tie with Miami (Nov. 25).
The Macomb, Mich. native and Florida Panthers prospect enters December ranked ninth nationally with an overall .929 save percentage and 10th with a 1.92 GAA – both tops in the WCHA. This is Bednard's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Patrick Munson, Jr., Michigan Tech (posted a 3-1-2 record, while ranking second in the WCHA with a 1.96 GAA and third with a .929 save percentage); Atte Tolvanen, Jr., G, Northern Michigan (one of two WCHA goalies with a shutout in November, he was third in the league with a 2.02 GAA and fifth with a .925 save percentage).
Jake Jaremko, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Nowthen, Minn.)
Jaremko, the coaches' preseason pick for WCHA Rookie of the Year, helped Minnesota State into the top-10 of the national rankings with a team-high nine points in seven November games. The forward led all WCHA freshmen in points, assists (tied with six), assists per game (0.86), points per game (1.29) and plus/minus (tied at plus-4), while his point total was tied for second among all league skaters.
After being held off the scoresheet for the first two November games, Jaremko ended the month on a five-game tear. The Nowthen, Minn. native had four points (1g-3a), including his first collegiate goal, as the Mavericks earned a road sweep at Bemidji State on Nov. 10-11. He then followed with a second-straight three-point game (1g-2a), including an assist on the game-winning goal, in a 6-1 triumph over Bowling Green on Nov. 17. The freshman helped Minnesota State to four wins in six WCHA games, propelling the Mavericks to the top of the league standings entering December.
Jaremko is tied for seventh among NCAA Division I freshmen by averaging 0.93 points per game, compiling 13 (3g-10a) in his first 14 collegiate contests overall. His 10 helpers to date are tied for the most among WCHA rookies (tied for fourth-most nationally). This is Jaremko's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Joseph Nardi, Fr., F Northern Michigan (scored his first three collegiate goals in November, including a game-winner, while adding a pair of assists for five points); Christian Rajic, Fr., F, Alabama Huntsville (led WCHA rookies with five goals and tied for tops with a plus-4 rating, helping the Chargers to a 4-3-1 month); Cameron Wright, Fr., F, Bowling Green (one of the NCAA's top freshmen this season once again had a terrific month, tallying a plus-4 rating and eight points on two goals and six assists).