EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 1, 2015 – With the second month of the season in the books, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today announced its November 2015 monthly honors. Michigan Tech junior forward Tyler Heinonen was named the league's Player of the Month, while Ferris State freshman forward Corey Mackin garnered Rookie of the Month accolades.
Tyler Heinonen, Jr., F
Michigan Tech (Delano, Minn.)
Heinonen helped spark Michigan Tech to a 6-1-1 record in November, an eight-game stretch that vaulted the No. 17 Huskies back into the national rankings. The junior from Delano, Minn. led the WCHA in goals (six), points (ten, adding four assists) and power-play goals (three), while he matched North Dakota's Drake Caggiula and Harvard's Jimmy Vesey for the NCAA lead with three game-winning strikes. Heinonen recorded a point in six-of-eight games during the month, including the game-winning goal as part of a career-best four-point effort (2g-2a) in the Huskies' thrilling come-from-behind, 5-4 overtime victory at Michigan State on Nov. 21. He ended the month on a five-game goal-scoring streak, including the game-winners in both ends of Tech's two-game sweep Nov. 27-28 at Alaska. Heinonen tied for third nationally with his six goals, while tying for 12th in points.
Corey Mackin, Fr., F
Ferris State (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Mackin enjoyed an impressive second month of his rookie campaign, tallying a team- and WCHA-freshman high seven points on three goals and four assists in eight games. The freshman from Philadelphia, Pa. ranked among the country's top rookie scoring leaders and played a key role as Ferris State posted a win or tie in five of eight outings to maintain pace in the upper half of the WCHA standings. Mackin opened the month with a two-assist effort in a 7-4 win over Minnesota State on Nov. 6, while he also factored in all three Bulldogs' goals in a 3-2, overtime win Nov. 13 at Alaska Anchorage. Mackin logged four points on the power play, while his overall point total tied for sixth amongst all NCAA freshmen.