BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 15, 2018 – Two teammates who powered a key league road sweep, along with a pair of skaters with game-winning goals, highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Jan. 12-13, 2018. The honorees are: Northern Michigan junior Troy Loggins (Offensive), Alaska senior Zach Frye (Defensive), Northern Michigan junior Atte Tolvanen (Goaltender) and Ferris State freshman forward Coale Norris (Rookie).
Troy Loggins, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Loggins led the WCHA with three goals (the second-most nationally), helping Northern Michigan sweep then-No. 14 Bowling Green and leapfrog the Falcons for second place in the league standings. The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. led all NCAA skaters last week with three power-play goals, as all three of his scores came with the man advantage. He opened the series with a pair of goals in Friday's 5-2 win, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the 10:32 mark of the first period and a 4-1 advantage halfway through the second stanza. Loggins again got NMU on the board Saturday, scoring 1:55 into the second period to the game at 1-1, before the Wildcats eventually earned a 3-2, overtime victory. He finished the weekend with 10 shots on goal. This is Loggins' first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Bauman, Sr., Bemidji State (scored a goal Friday against now-No. 7 North Dakota and assisted on the third-period equalizer as the Beavers rallied to tie Saturday's contest in Grand Forks); Josh Kestner, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (tied for second in the WCHA with three points, while tying for tops in the league with a plus-3 rating as the Chargers split at Alaska Anchorage); Jason Tackett, So., Ferris State (had a goal and an assist, along with a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating, as the Bulldogs split at Lake Superior State).
Zach Frye, Sr.
Alaska (Spokane, Wash.)
Frye was a factor on both ends of the ice as Alaska earned a split with then-No. 8/6 Minnesota State, leading all WCHA defensemen in goals (2), power-play goals (2) and game-winning goals (1), while ranking second with eight blocked shots. The senior from Spokane, Wash. scored the Nanooks' first and last goals Friday as UAF blanked the Mavericks, 5-0. Frye's power-play strike at the 11:23 mark of the first period Friday opened the scoring and stood as the game-winner, his second in the UAF's last four contests. This is Frye's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Philip Beaulieu, So., Northern Michigan (scored with 6.9 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday, giving the Wildcats sole possession of second place with a sweep of then-No. 14 Bowling Green); Ryker Killins, Jr., Ferris State (tallied a team-leading three points on two goals and one assist, helping the Bulldogs to a road split at Lake Superior State).
Atte Tolvanen, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Vihti, Finland)
Tolvanen, the only WCHA goaltender to earn two wins last week and one of only eight in the country to do so, helped Northern Michigan move into second place in the league standings with a sweep of now-No. 17 Bowling Green. The junior from Vihti, Finland finished the series with a 1.92 goals-against average (second in the WCHA), 42 saves and a .913 save percentage during a league-high 124:53 in net. He opened the series with 23 stops in a 5-2 win Friday night, then made 19 saves in a 3-2, overtime triumph Saturday. This is Tolvanen's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his eighth career honors, including four Defensive awards and three Rookie of the Week accolades.
Honorable Mention: Anton Martinsson, So., Alaska (backstopped the Nanooks to a split with now-No. 9/8 Minnesota State, making 26 saves for his first collegiate shutout in Friday's 5-0 victory); Darren Smith, Jr., Ferris State (posted a 4-0 shutout Friday at Lake Superior State, while making 35 saves during the Bulldogs' road split); Jordan Uhleski, Sr., Alabama Huntsville (started both games of the Chargers' split at Alaska Anchorage, posting a 2.03 goals-against average, 45 saves and a .918 save percentage).
Coale Norris, Fr., F
Ferris State (Oxford, Mich.)
Norris tallied a game-winning goal and an assist in Ferris State's split at Lake Superior State. The freshman from Oxford, Mich. produced the game-winner with an early first-period goal in Friday's 4-0 shutout win. Saturday, Norris tallied an assist on a third-period goal Saturday as the Bulldogs rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, 3-3, before falling, 5-3. For the weekend, Norris tied for the WCHA rookie lead in goals, points and game-winning goals, while adding five shots on goal, winning 19 faceoffs and compiling a plus-1 rating. This is Norris' first WCHA weekly award of his freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Brendan Harris, Fr., F, Bemidji State (assisted on the Beavers' first goal Saturday as BSU rallied for a 2-2 tie at now-No. 7 North Dakota); Steven Jandric, Fr., F, Alaska (tied for first among WCHA freshmen with two points, posting a pair of assists in the Nanooks' split with then-No. 8/6 Minnesota State); Joseph Nardi, Fr., F, Northern Michigan (recorded a power-play goal and an assist Friday, helping the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over then-No. 14 Bowling Green).