EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 30, 2015 – The owner of one of the most prolific single-period offensive outbursts in league history, a defenseman who excelled on both ends of the ice and a rising rookie star in goal highlight the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Nov. 23-29, 2015. The honorees are: Minnesota State senior forward Teddy Blueger (Offensive Player of the Week), Bowling Green sophomore defenseman Mark Friedman (Defensive Player of the Week) and Minnesota State freshman goaltender Jason Pawloski (Rookie of the Week).
Teddy Blueger, Sr., F
Minnesota State (Riga, Latvia)
Blueger produced one of the most memorable 15-minute stretches of hockey in league history Saturday, factoring in all five of Minnesota State's first-period goals during a 6-2 win over Alaska Anchorage. The senior from Riga, Latvia assisted on the Mavericks' first two goals, scored the third for the eventual game-winner and then tacked on two more helpers – all in the first 15:08 of the game. Blueger's five-point period was a Minnesota State record, tied for the second-most points in a single stanza in WCHA history (fifth occurrence) and was the league's highest single-period output since Colorado College's Scott Schneider set the league record with six on Feb. 21, 1987. His four assists in the frame matched the WCHA record for a single period (ninth time, with the last by Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski on Jan. 14, 2006). Finally, Blueger's effort marked the WCHA's first five-point game since Feb. 11, 2012 (UMD's Jack Connolly) and the first by a Maverick since Nov. 20, 2009 (Jerad Stewart with four goals and one assist).
During Minnesota State's two-game WCHA sweep, Blueger finished with six shots on goal and a .781 face-off winning percentage (25-for-32).
Also nominated: Andrew Mayer, Fr., F, Ferris State; Charlie O'Connor, Jr., F, Bemidji State; Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech
Mark Friedman, So., D
Bowling Green (Toronto, Ontario)
Friedman played a key role on both ends of the ice in Bowling Green's home sweep, scoring a goal in both games, anchoring a penalty kill unit that was perfect on the weekend (5-for-5) and contributing to a Falcons' defense that held Northern Michigan to just 33 shots on goal. The sophomore from Toronto, Ontario entered the weekend with just two career goals, but scored on the power play just 2:24 into Friday night's contest to spark a 2-1 Bowling Green victory. In Saturday's 4-3 overtime win, he scored to put the Falcons ahead 2-1 early in the second period, and then had the only assist on Mitch McLain's short-handed, game-winning goal with just 5.3 seconds remaining in the extra stanza. Friedman tied for team-high honors with three blocked shots, generated four shots on goal and finished with a +3 rating.
Also nominated: Gordon Defiel, So., G, Lake Superior State; Simon Denis, Sr., D, Ferris State; Graeme McCormack, Sr., D, Bemidji State; Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech
Jason Pawloski, Fr., G
Minnesota State (Omaha, Neb.)
Pawloski remained undefeated (5-0-2) during his rookie collegiate campaign, backstopping Minnesota State to a home sweep of Alaska Anchorage. The freshman from Omaha, Neb. posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage, stopping 36-of-38 shots. Pawloski turned aside all 12 shots in a 2-0 Mavericks' win Friday to earn his first career shutout, and then had 24 saves in a 6-2 victory Saturday. He also helped keep the Seawolves' scoreless in seven power play chances over the weekend.
Also nominated: Justin Baudry, Fr., D, Bemidji State; Jake Lucchini, Fr., F, Michigan Tech; Darren Smith, Fr., G, Ferris State