BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 1, 2018 – Following the final month of the regular season, the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize its WCHA Players of the Month for February 2018, including a trio from the 2017-18 MacNaughton Cup champions. The honorees are: Minnesota State sophomore Marc Michaelis (Offensive), Alaska senior Zach Frye (Defensive), Minnesota State senior Connor LaCouvee (Goaltender) and Mavericks' freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).
Marc Michaelis, So.
Minnesota State (Mannheim, Germany)
No team in the country scored more goals in February than No. 3 Minnesota State, and Michaelis led the charge with a WCHA-best 13 points. The sophomore from Mannheim, Germany tallied six goals and seven assists, while also leading the league with 1.62 points per game, three power-play goals (teid) and one shorthanded marker. He helped the Mavericks end the regular season on a 10-game unbeaten streak, as the MacNaughton Cup champions went 7-0-1 in February.
Michaelis tallied at least a point in seven of his eight games last month, including four multi-point efforts. He had three-point nights (1g-2a in each) Feb. 2 vs. Alaska Anchorage (including the game-winning goal in a 7-1 victory) and again Feb. 10 at Alabama Huntsville (a 6-1 triumph). Michaelis tallied two assists in a win Feb. 17 vs. Ferris State and, on Feb. 9 at UAH, he scored the tying goal with 2:10 left in regulation and assisted on the winner 27 seconds into overtime.
The 2016-17 WCHA Rookie of the Year is tied for fourth in the WCHA with 37 points overall (16g-21a) this season.
Honorable Mention: Jake Lucchini, Jr., Michigan Tech (tied for second in the league with 10 points and six goals, while also adding four assists as the Huskies earned the No. 5 seed in the WCHA Playoffs).
Zach Frye, Sr.
Alaska (Spokane, Wash.)
Frye was the WCHA's top scoring threat from the blue line last month, leading all league defensemen with 10 points, three goals (tied), seven assists, 0.38 goals per game (tied), 0.88 assists per game, 1.25 points per game and 36 shots on goal (tops nationally). The senior also tied for second in the WCHA's overall scoring race.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Frye was on the scoresheet in six of eight games in February. He opened the month with the first of two WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors, collecting four points (1g-3a) in Alaska's sweep of Ferris State. He also had a four-point series vs. Alaska Anchorage to end the month, again picking up the league's weekly award with two goals and two assists vs. the Seawolves.
Frye is the WCHA's top goal-scorer among defensemen this season with 10, while he is second with 31 points (tied for the third most by a NCAA blueliner).
Honorable Mention: Mark Auk, Sr., Michigan Tech (second among WCHA defensemen with nine points, tied for the lead with three goals and ranked second with 17 blocked shots for the Huskies); Philip Beaulieu, So., Northern Michigan (tied for the WCHA blueliner lead with a plus-6 rating, while logging six points for the No. 19 Wildcats).
Connor LaCouvee, Sr.
Minnesota State (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia)
LaCouvee backstopped No. 3 Minnesota State to a MacNaughton Cup-clinching month, leading all NCAA goaltenders with seven wins (7-0-1) in February. The senior from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia was second in the WCHA with a 1.61 goals-against average (best among netminders with more than three starts) and third with a .921 save percentage (second among those with four-plus starts).
The transfer from Boston University allowed two-or-fewer goals in seven of his eight starts last month, including five efforts with only one goal against. LaCouvee made 151 saves in his league-best 484:29 minutes, including 26 as the Mavericks clinched the WCHA regular season championship with a 2-1 victory over Bemidji State on Feb. 23.
LaCouvee owns the nation's best winning percentage this season at .854 (20-3-1), while he paces WCHA goaltenders with 20 wins, a 1.72 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Honorable Mention: Devin Kero, Sr., Michigan Tech (tied for third in the WCHA with three wins and tied for third with a .928 save pct., while going 3-2-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average in five starts); Atte Tolvanen, Jr., Northern Michigan (started every game for the No. 19 Wildcats and played every minute except empty net time, posting a 4-2-0 record, a 2.02 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage).
Jake Jaremko, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Nowthen, Minn.)
Jaremko continued a fantastic rookie campaign, leading WCHA freshmen in February with 10 points, four goals (tied), 1.25 points per game, two power-play goals (tied), 82 face-off wins and a plus-8 rating. Among NCAA rookies, he was third in points, tied for third in goals, tied for fourth in assists and third in plus/minus.
A native of Nowthen, Minn., Jaremko had a six-game point streak to start February. He had multi-point efforts in back-to-back games vs. Alaska Anchorage (1g-1a in each), along with a three-point night (2g-1a) Feb. 16 vs. Ferris State. Jaremko also assisted on three game-winning goals (Feb. 3 at UAA, Feb. 10 at Alabama Huntsville and Feb. 17 vs. Ferris State), helping No. 3 Minnesota State to a 7-0-1 month.
Jaremko leads WCHA rookies this season with 35 points and 12 goals (tied), while he is second in the NCAA freshman scoring race.
Honorable Mention: Connor Ford, Fr., F, Bowling Green (tallied three goals and two assists, while leading WCHA freshmen with 0.50 goals per game and a .679 faceoff winning percentage for the No. 17 Falcons); Coale Norris, Fr., F, Ferris State (helped the Bulldogs clinch a playoff appearance for the 21st-consecutive season with four points, scoring three goals with an assist).