BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 5, 2018 – Some of the top scorers from a weekend of all league series in the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), along with a netminder who backstopped a sweep, highlight the WCHA Players of the Week for games of Feb. 2-4, 2018. The honorees are: Michigan Tech junior Jake Lucchini (Offensive), Alaska senior Zach Frye (Defensive), Alaska sophomore Anton Martinsson (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).
Jake Lucchini, Jr.
Michigan Tech (Trail, British Columbia)
Lucchini tied for the WCHA scoring lead (and fourth-most nationally) with five points, including a career-best effort Saturday as Michigan Tech earned a road win and split at No. 14 Bowling Green. The junior from Trail, British Columbia factored in all four Huskies' goals, setting a career high for points in a 4-0, series-finale win that moved Tech within two points in the race for the fourth and final home ice slot in the WCHA quarterfinals. Lucchini had the primary assist on Gavin Gould's game-winning goal and a helper on Tech's third goal, while potting a pair of even-strength markers himself. He also scored Friday night (and carried a plus-1, despite a loss), finishing the weekend tied for the WCHA lead with a plus-4 rating. This is Lucchini's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his second career honor.
Honorable Mention: Zeb Knutson, Sr., Minnesota State (tied for the WCHA scoring lead with five points, including the game-winning goal Saturday, helping the now-No. 5 Mavericks sweep Alaska Anchorage); Mitch Maloney, Sr., Ferris State (scored his team-leading and career-best 13th goal of the season Saturday at Alaska); Tayler Munson, Sr., Alaska (tied for the WCHA lead with three goals, including Friday's game-winner, during the Nanooks' sweep of Ferris State); Tyler Poulsen, Jr., Alabama Huntsville (lit the lamp on all three shots he took, tying for the WCHA goal-scoring lead, while adding a game-winner, one assist and a plus-3 rating as the Chargers split with No. 19 Northern Michigan).
Zach Frye, Sr.
Alaska (Spokane, Wash.)
Frye led all Alaska skaters and WCHA defensemen with four points, helping the Nanooks sweep visiting Ferris State with one goal and three assists. The senior from Spokane, Wash. collected his first three-point game of the season with a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-2 win, before helping on the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-1 triumph. Frye's three helpers and plus-4 rating both tied for the overall WCHA lead. He also tied for the NCAA scoring lead last week among blueliners, while tying for second in plus/minus. This is Frye's second career WCHA weekly award, with the other coming just three weeks ago (Jan. 15).
Honorable Mention: Kurt Gosselin, Jr., Alabama Huntsville (tied for the WCHA lead with three assists, while adding six blocked shots and a plus-1 rating as the Chargers split with No. 19 Northern Michigan); Connor Mackey, Fr., Minnesota State (tied for the WCHA lead with three assists and a plus-4 rating, helping the now-No. 5 Mavericks sweep Alaska Anchorage).
Anton Martinsson, So.
Alaska (Klippan, Sweden)
Martinson backstopped Alaska to its first home league sweep of the season, with a pair of wins over Ferris State. The sophomore from Klippan, Sweden had the best save percentage (.932) and lowest goals-against average (1.50) among WCHA goaltenders that appeared in both games last weekend, while making a combined 41 saves. He turned aside 23 shots in Friday's 4-2 win, including all 11 he faced over the final two periods as the Nanooks rallied. Martinson made 18 saves in Saturday's 4-1 victory. This is Martinsson's second career WCHA weekly award, as he also earned the honor back on Dec. 11.
Honorable Mention: Robbie Beydoun, Fr., Michigan Tech (one of two freshman NCAA netminders with a shutout last week, he made 26 saves in a 4-0 win Saturday at No. 14 Bowling Green); Nick Kossoff, Jr., Lake Superior State (turned aside all 28 shots he faced Friday in the Lakers' 2-0 victory at Bemidji State, his fourth career shutout).
Jake Jaremko, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Nowthen, Minn.)
Jaremko led all WCHA freshmen and tied for the NCAA scoring lead with four points, tallying two goals and two assists as now-No. 5 Minnesota State swept Alaska Anchorage. The Nowthen, Minn. native lit the lamp once and had a helper in Friday's 7-1 victory, then duplicated his offensive output with a goal and an assist (on the game-winner) in Saturday's 4-3 triumph. He finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a plus-3 rating. Jaremko, who ranks second among NCAA freshmen with 29 points (10g-19a) in 28 games, now has a pair of WCHA weekly awards during his rookie campaign.
Honorable Mention: Lucas Finner, Fr., F, Ferris State (scored on his only shot of the weekend, giving the Bulldogs a lead Saturday at Alaska); Max Johnson, Fr., F, Bowling Green (posted a career-high three-point night Friday, tallying a goal and two assists in the No. 14 Falcons' win over Michigan Tech); Mareks Mitens, Fr., G, Lake Superior State (stopped all 36 shots he faced for his first collegiate shutout, propelling the Lakers to a 2-0 win Saturday and a road sweep at Bemidji State).