EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 19, 2015 – The NCAA's top scorer of the past seven days and a pair of clutch offensive performances from blueliners highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Oct. 12-18, 2015. The honorees are: Alaska sophomore forward Tayler Munson (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State senior defenseman Graeme McCormack (Defensive Player of the Week) and Alaska Anchorage freshman forward Wyatt Ege (Rookie of the Week).
Tayler Munson, So., F
Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Playing in his hometown, Munson led all NCAA Division I players last week and set a Brice Alaska Goal Rush record with six points (4g, 2a) to lead host Alaska to a pair of wins and the tournament title. The tournament MVP, whose four goals tied for the national lead, had identical two-goal, one-assist lines in both games, twice sparking UAF comebacks from 2-0, second-period deficits. Trailing by that score Friday to American International, the sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska scored at the 3:36 mark of the second period and added a power-play tally at 10:24 to draw the Nanooks even in an eventual 7-2 victory. Saturday night against RPI, Munson scored at 5:30 of the second period to get UAF on the board, collected the secondary assist on the game-winning, third-period goal and added a short-handed, empty-net strike to seal a 4-2 Nanooks win.
Also nominated: Kevin Dufour, Jr., F, Bowling Green; Gerry Fitzgerald, So., F, Bemidji State; Robbie Payne, So., F, Northern Michigan; Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech; Kyle Schempp, Jr., F, Ferris State; Blake Tatchell, Sr., F, Alaska Anchorage; Gage Torrel, Fr., F, Lake Superior State
Graeme McCormack, Sr., D
Bemidji State (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
McCormack recorded his first collegiate multi-goal game Friday, helping lead Bemidji State to a 4-4 draw with top-ranked North Dakota. Playing in his 100th collegiate game, the Beavers' captain twice jump-started rallies from two-goal deficits with power-play goals, striking at the 11:36 mark of the first period to open BSU's scoring, then scoring just 1:13 into the third period to bring the home team within one at 4-3. The senior from Thunder Bay, Ontario helped the Beavers finish 3-for-5 on the power play, while also adding four blocked shots on the defensive end.
Also nominated: Mark Auk, So., D. Michigan Tech
Wyatt Ege, Fr., D
Alaska Anchorage (Elk River, Minnesota)
Ege's third-period heroics lifted Alaska Anchorage to a 4-3 victory over Rensselaer on Friday, as the rookie defenseman scored the game-tying and game-winning goals. The freshman from Elk River, Minn. drew the Seawolves even at the 7:12 mark of the final stanza with his first career power-play goal, before netting the game-winner less than three minutes later. For his efforts, Ege was named to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush All-Tournament Team.
Also nominated: Justin Baudry, Fr., D, Bemidji State; Brett Boeing, Fr., F, Michigan Tech; Nick Kossoff, Fr., G, Lake Superior State; Corey Mackin, Fr., F, Ferris State