BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 12, 2018 – After a thrilling semifinal playoff round in the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), the WCHA Players of the Week are: Northern Michigan junior Troy Loggins (Co-Offensive), Michigan Tech junior forward Jake Jackson (Co-Offensive), Northern Michigan junior Ryan Black (Defensive), Michigan Tech junior Patrick Munson (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).
Troy Loggins, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Loggins lifted No. 16 Northern Michigan into the 2018 WCHA Championship with the game-winning, overtime goal in the decisive Game 3 of the Wildcats' semifinal-round series against Bowling Green. In a situation where the next goal would extend one team's season and end it for the other, Loggins scored 15:53 into the sudden-death overtime to give NMU a 3-2 victory. The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. tied for the league lead during the WCHA semifinals with two goals and three points, while posting a conference-best 19 shots on goal. Loggins had a two-point effort in the Wildcats' 6-1, Game 1 victory, tying the contest 1-1 with a first-period, power-play marker, then assisting on NMU's third goal. This is Loggins' second-consecutive WCHA weekly award and third career honor, with all three coming this season (also on Jan. 15.).
Jake Jackson, Jr.
Michigan Tech (Maplewood, Minn.)
Michigan Tech has the opportunity defend its WCHA playoff title thanks in part to Jackson, who scored both goals – including the overtime winner – as the Huskies upset top-seeded and then-No. 3 ranked Minnesota State in the decisive Game 3 of their semifinal-round series in Mankato. The junior gave Tech a 1-0, second-period lead Sunday and then, with his team's season on the line, scored an unassisted goal at 15:07 of overtime to give the Huskies a 2-1 win. Jackson tied for the WCHA lead with three points during the semifinal round (also chipping in with an assist in Tech's 4-2, Game 2 victory), while the San Jose Sharks prospect also tied for tops in the league with a plus-3 rating. This is Jackson's first career WCHA weekly award.
Ryan Black, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Stillwater, Minn.)
Black played a huge role in Sunday's semifinal-round Game 3, picking up the primary assist on the Wildcats' last two goals – including the overtime winner – in No. 16 Northern Michigan's 3-2 victory over Bowling Green. The junior from Stillwater, Minn. tied for the WCHA defenseman lead last weekend with the two helpers, while also adding a plus-2 rating as NMU advanced to the 2018 WCHA Championship. After setting up Joseph Nardi to give the Wildcats a 2-1, third-period lead Sunday evening, Black fed Loggins for the series-winning goal 15:53 into overtime. This is Black's first career WCHA weekly award.
Patrick Munson, Jr.
Michigan Tech (Hugo, Minn.)
Munson stepped in for an injured Devin Kero after Game 1 and was simply brilliant, compiling a 1.33 goals-against average, 72 saves and a league-best .960 save percentage in leading Michigan Tech to consecutive wins and a comeback, WCHA semifinal-round series triumph at Minnesota State. With the Huskies' season on the brink, the junior from Hugo, Minn. made 31 saves in the Huskies' 4-2, Game 2 triumph. In Sunday's decisive Game 3, Munson turned aside 41-of-42 shots, including all 18 he faced in the third period and overtime, as Tech won 2-1 to advance to its second-consecutive WCHA Championship. His efforts Sunday also included a fantastic glove save on a point-blank attempt by the Mavericks in overtime, not long before Jake Jackson scored his game-winner for the Huskies. This is Munson's second WCHA weekly honor in his debut season in the league.
Honorable Mention: Atte Tolvanen, Jr., Northern Michigan (led the WCHA during the semifinals with a 1.24 goals-against average, making 68 saves with a .944 save percentage as the Wildcats outlasted Bowling Green in a three-game series).
Jake Jaremko, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Nowthen, Minn.)
Jaremko did his part for Minnesota State in the semifinal round of the WCHA Playoffs, tying for the league lead with three points (2g-1a) and a plus-3 rating. The freshman from Nowthen, Minn. scored the eventual game-winner in the Mavericks' 2-1, Game 1 victory Friday, netting a power-play goal at 1:22 of the second period. He then factored in both Minnesota State goals in a 4-2, Game 2 loss, tying the contest at 1-1 with a first-period goal and assisting on a second-stanza, power-play marker that brought the Mavericks within one. This is Jaremko's third WCHA weekly honor of his freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Justin Misiak, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (opened the scoring Saturday for the Huskies, giving Michigan Tech a 1-0, first-period lead en route to a 4-2, Game 2 win at Minnesota State); Joseph Nardi, Fr., F, Northern Michigan (led WCHA freshmen during the semifinals with a plus-3 rating, while scoring a third-period goal in the Wildcats' 3-2, overtime win in Game 3 vs. Bowling Green).