BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – April 13, 2018 – Before closing the books on the 2017-18 campaign, the Men's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to look back on the top performers from its postseason tournament by honoring the WCHA Players of the Month for March 2018. The winners are: Northern Michigan junior Troy Loggins and Michigan Tech junior Jake Lucchini (Co-Offensive), NMU sophomore Philip Beaulieu (Defensive), MTU junior Patrick Munson (Goaltender) and Huskies freshman defenseman Seamus Donohue (Rookie).
Troy Loggins, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Loggins was magnificent in March, tying for the NCAA lead with a WCHA-best six goals and two game-winning markers (both in decisive Game 3s of the WCHA Playoffs series), while also pacing the country with two short-handed tallies. The junior also collected four assists, tying second in the WCHA last month with 10 points in seven games.
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Loggins tallied a point in five March contests, including a trio of multi-point efforts, to lead Northern Michigan to the 2018 WCHA Championship game. After tallying a goal and an assist in a quarterfinal-round, Game 1 victory over Alabama Huntsville, he set a career high with four points in a 5-2, Game 3 win – including the tie-breaking, game-winning power-play goal late in the second period. Loggins also scored arguably the most dramatic goal in recent Northern Michigan history, netting the game-winner 15:53 into overtime of the decisive semifinal round Game 3, lifting the Wildcats past Bowling Green, 3-2, and into the league title contest. He also had a two-point night (1g-1a) in NMU's Game 1 victory over the Falcons.
Loggins finished the season second in the WCHA's overall scoring race with 47 points, coming from 23 goals and 24 assists.
Jake Lucchini, Jr.
Northern Michigan (Trail, British Columbia)
Lucchini was the offensive leader for a Michigan Tech team that went from WCHA tournament fifth seed to repeat league playoff champ by winning five-of-six road games. The junior from Trail, British Columbia tied for second in the WCHA with 10 postseason points, scoring three goals with seven assists. He also added 21 faceoff wins and a plus-5 rating.
The Huskies began their run to WCHA tournament glory with a quarterfinal-round sweep at Bemidji State, with Lucchini contributing back-to-back three-point games (3g-3a). He scored twice and added an assist to rally Tech from a 3-1 deficit to a 5-3, Game 1 victory, then had a goal and two helpers in a 5-4, Game 2 triumph the next night. In the WCHA Championship, Tech's assistant captain set up an empty-net goal that sealed the Huskies' 2-0 win at Northern Michigan.
Lucchini was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team after assisting on Tech's first two goals in a 4-3, overtime loss to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame. He finished the season tied for seventh in the WCHA with 39 overall points, complementing 16 goals with 23 assists.
Philip Beaulieu, So.
Northern Michigan (Duluth, Minn.)
If he had not done so already, Beaulieu cemented his All-America status with a sensational March. The sophomore defensemen led all WCHA skaters in scoring with 11 points, tallying two goals and nine assists for a league-best 1.57 points per game. He ranked third in the league with a plus-7 rating and added six blocked shots.
Beaulieu helped Northern Michigan advance to the 2018 WCHA Championship, recording all 11 of his points as the Wildcats outlasted Alabama Huntsville and Bowling Green in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, respectively, of the WCHA Playoffs. He compiled four-straight multi-point efforts to open the postseason, including a career-high three assists in NMU's 5-2, Game 3 quarterfinal-round win. Beaulieu also had three points (1g-2a) in Game 1 vs. the Chargers and a pair of helpers in Game 2, before tallying a goal and two assists in the Wildcats' 6-1, series-opening win over the Falcons. He assisted on the game-winning goals twice (Game 3 vs. UAH and Game 1 vs. BGSU).
A native of Duluth, Minn., Beaulieu completed his sophomore season leading all NCAA defensemen with 31 assists and 42 points, while he tied for third with 11 goals. He was second nationally among blueliners with 0.98 points per game, while adding 54 blocked shots and a plus-14 rating.
Honorable Mention: Mark Auk, Sr., Michigan Tech (tied for the WCHA defensemen lead with two goals and one game-winner, tied for second with five points and added a plus-5 rating for the Huskies).
Patrick Munson, Jr.
Michigan Tech (Hugo, Minn.)
Munson took over in the Michigan Tech net prior to Game 2 of a WCHA Playoffs semifinal-round series at Minnesota State and was sensational over the next four contests, backstopping the Huskies into the NCAA tournament as back-to-back WCHA Postseason Tournament champions. Counting an NCAA quarterfinal loss to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame, Munson led the WCHA in March with a .945 save percentage (121-for-128), a .750 winning percentage (3-1-0) and 1 shutout (tied), while he was second with a 1.55 goals-against average.
In three WCHA tournament games, all on the road – when a loss in any would have ended the Huskies' season – Munson was brilliant. He allowed just three goals in three-straight wins, while posting an 0.92 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage (93-for-96). The junior from Hugo, Minn. made 31 stops in a 4-2, Game 2 win in Mankato, then turned aside 41 shots in a 2-1, overtime win in the decisive Game 3 against the top-seeded Mavericks. Munson was then named First Star and Most Outstanding Player of the WCHA Championship game, as he turned in a 21-save shutout in Tech's 2-0 win at Northern Michigan.
Munson then went toe-to-toe with Mike Richter Award winner Cale Morris of Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals, stopping 28 shots in a 4-3, overtime loss. He made 17 saves in the third period and overtime.
Honorable Mention: Atte Tolvanen, Jr., Northern Michigan (led the WCHA with seven starts, four wins and a 1.53 goals-against average, posting a .920 save percentage as he backstopped the Wildcats to the league championship game).
Seamus Donohue, Fr., D
Michigan Tech (North Oaks, Minn.)
Donohue excelled on both ends of the ice for the WCHA playoff champion Huskies, leading league rookies with a plus-6 rating, one game-winning goal and 12 blocked shots, while tying for third with four points (tops among defensemen).
The freshman from North Oaks, Minn. jump-started Michigan Tech's run from WCHA tournament fifth-seed to league playoff champions, scoring the tie-breaking, game-winning goal with 90 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the quarterfinals at Bemidji State. Donohue added a plus-2 rating in the Huskies' 5-4 victory over the Beavers in Game 2, a plus-2 mark in a 4-2, Game 2 semifinal-round win at Minnesota State and a plus-1 ledger, along with an assist, in Tech's 2-1, overtime win in Game 3 against the Mavericks.
Donohue wrapped up a terrific March and solid rookie season with two assists in the NCAA quarterfinals, setting up the Huskies' first two goals in a 4-3, overtime setback to Notre Dame. His three helpers on the month led WCHA freshmen blueliners and tied for second among all league rookie skaters.