EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 14, 2015 – The league's leading scorer and top goaltender at the season's midway point both starred last weekend, joining a rising rookie netminder as the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Dec. 7-13, 2015. The honorees are: Michigan Tech senior forward Alex Petan (Offensive Player of the Week), Bowling Green sophomore goaltender Chris Nell (Defensive Player of the Week) and Alaska freshman goaltender Jesse Jenks (Rookie of the Week).
Alex Petan, Sr., F
Michigan Tech (Delta, British Columbia)
Petan factored in on nearly 60 percent of Michigan Tech's scoring last weekend, tallying three goals and one assist to help the Huskies earn a three-point road weekend at Lake Superior State. The Delta, British Columbia native also displayed a knack for clutch scoring, netting the tying goal in a 1-1 draw Friday and the eventual game-winning strike during Saturday's 6-2 Tech victory. Both of his goals Saturday came on first-period power plays, with the first standing as the senior's 50th career marker. Petan finished the weekend with a WCHA-high four points, while he is tops in the circuit with 18 points in 15 conference games this season (and 19 points in 17 contests overall).
Also nominated: Michael Huntebrinker, Jr., F, Minnesota State; Gerald Mayhew, Jr., F, Ferris State; Dominik Shine, Jr., F, Northern Michigan
Chris Nell, So., G
Bowling Green (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Nell earned two wins, including a shutout, as now-No. 12/13 Bowling Green earned a road sweep at Bemidji State. The sophomore from Green Bay, Wis. saved 42-of-43 shots over the weekend, including all 28 on Saturday to earn his third shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory. Nell kept Bemidji State scoreless on seven power-play chances during the series(including one 5-on-3 opportunity), while also holding the Beavers off the scoreboard during the over five minutes BSU played after pulling its goalie for an extra attacker. He finished the weekend with a .977 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average – both second among all NCAA goalies who made two starts. Nell enters the holiday break leading the WCHA with a 1.42 conference GAA and 1.46 overall mark – good for fourth nationally.
Also nominated: Shane Hanna, Jr., D, Michigan Tech; Jordan Klimek, So., D, Northern Michigan; Jaden Schmeisser, So., D, Minnesota State; Charles Williams, Jr., G, Ferris State
Jesse Jenks, Fr., G
Alaska (Crofton, British Columbia)
Jenks backstopped Alaska to a three-point road weekend in the opening round of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup, leading all NCAA rookie goaltenders with a 0.96 goals-against average and .966 save percentage (57-of-59). The freshman from Crofton, British Columbia made 25 saves Friday in UAF's 2-1 victory, yielding only a second-period goal on a penalty shot. Saturday night, Jenks stopped 32-of-33 shots – including all 11 in the third period and four more in overtime – as the Nanooks skated to a 1-1 tie. For the weekend, Jenks was a perfect 23-for-23 on shots he faced after the second intermission.
Also nominated: Stephen Baylis, Fr., F, Bowling Green; Jake Lucchini, Fr., F, Michigan Tech; Trevor Recktenwald, Fr., F, Ferris State