BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 4, 2017 – Following a weekend of league contests, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Dec. 1-2, 2017 are: Ferris State redshirt-sophomore Craig Pefley (Offensive), Northern Michigan senior Jordan Klimek (Defensive), Ferris State sophomore Justin Kapelmaster (Goaltender) and Bowling Green freshman goaltender Eric Dop (Rookie).
Craig Pefley, RS-So.
Ferris State (St. Clair, Mich.)
Pefley tallied a league-best four points, contributing two goals and two assists in Ferris State's sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage. The redshirt-sophomore forward matched his career high by collecting all four points in Saturday's 5-2 victory, including the tie-breaking, game-winning goal at the 7:21 mark of the third period. He also scored a power-play marker in the second period, while assisting on Taylor Fernandez' two goals in the final four minutes of the contest. On the strength of that game, the St. Clair, Mich. native also tied for the WCHA lead with a plus-3 rating and tied for seventh nationally in points. This is Pefley's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 campaign and his third career honor, after earning a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades last season.
Honorable Mention: J.T. Henke, Sr., Lake Superior State (notched three points on two goals and an assist, including a power-play marker and helper in the Lakers' 4-1 win Saturday over Alaska); Josh Kestner, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (led the Chargers to a 3-2 victory Saturday at Northern Michigan, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals); Troy Van Tetering, So., Alaska (posted his first career hat trick during the Nanooks' 5-3 victory Friday at Lake Superior State).
Jordan Klimek, Sr.
Northern Michigan (Langley, British Columbia)
Klimek led WCHA defensemen and tied for the overall league lead with three assists, helping Northern Michigan to a home split with Alabama Huntsville. The senior from Langley, British Columbia assisted on the Wildcats' final goal in a 3-1 win Friday, setting up Zach Diamantoni's third-period, power-play strike. He then had a pair of first-period assists Saturday as NMU took a 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats eventually dropped a 3-2 decision. Klimek added seven shots on goal and a blocked shot. This is Klimek's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Dillon Eichstadt, Jr., Bemidji State (scored in the third period Saturday, helping the Beavers to a tie and shootout win at Bowling Green, while contributing to a perfect 7-for-7 effort by the BSU penalty-kill unit); Ryker Killins, Sr., Ferris State (tallied a goal and assist Saturday as the Bulldogs completed a sweep of Alaska Anchorage with a 5-2 victory); Justin Woods, RS-Sr., Alaska (ran his scoring streak to five-straight games with a goal and assists in the Nanooks' road split at Lake Superior State).
Justin Kapelmaster, So.
Ferris State (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Kapelmaster led the WCHA with two wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, a .961 save percentage (49-for-51) and one shutout, backstopping Ferris State to a sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage. The sophomore from Coral Springs, Fla. made 22 saves in a 2-0 victory Friday for his first shutout of the season and his third career clean sheet. He then made 27 stops in a 5-2 triumph Saturday, while stopping all 10 shots faced in the third period as the Bulldogs snapped a 2-2 tie with three goals over the final 20 minutes. With the wins, Kapelmaster and Ferris State have won four-straight home WCHA games. This is Kapelmaster's second WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 campaign and his fifth career honor (he earned two Rookie of the Week accolades and one Defensive Player of the Week nod last season).
Honorable Mention: Jordan Uhelski, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (helped the Chargers to a road split at Northern Michigan with 51 saves, the second-most in the WCHA).
Eric Dop, Fr., G
Bowling Green (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Dop once again turned in an excellent performance in a WCHA series opener, stopping 24-of-25 shots as Bowling Green defeated visiting Bemidji State, 3-1 last Friday. The freshman from Lewis Center, Ohio stopped all 15 shots he faced over the first two periods, then made nine saves in the decisive third frame. After fellow rookie Niko Coffman put the Falcons ahead, 2-1 with 1:12 remaining in regulation, Dop made several big stops facing an extra Beavers attacker to help prevent overtime. With the series-opening win, Bowling Green moved atop the WCHA standings. This is Dop's third WCHA weekly award of his freshman campaign, all following wins over league opponents.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Miller, Fr., F, Bemidji State (posted a plus-2 series rating, while assisting on both goals in the third period Saturday as the Beavers earned a 3-3 tie and eventual shootout win at Bowling Green); Coale Norris, Fr., F, Ferris State (tallied a pair of assists in a 5-2 victory Saturday, while finishing the Bulldogs' sweep of Alaska Anchorage with a plus-3 rating).