WCHA Announces 2015-16 Postseason Awards
Individual award winners, All-WCHA teams and All-Academic teams honored
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Individual award winners, All-WCHA teams and All-Academic teams honored

EDINA, Minn. – March 10, 2016 – Led by seven and five selections, apiece, by MacNaughton Cup co-winners and nationally ranked Michigan Tech and Minnesota State, the league's top five regular season finishers account for a majority of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) 2015-16 all-league teams and individual award winners, as announced today by Commissioner Bill Robertson.

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan, who led the league in scoring during conference play, was named WCHA Player of Year. Minnesota State junior Casey Nelson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, while Ferris State freshman forward Corey Mackin – the coaches' preseason nod – fulfilled expectations by earning Rookie of the Year honors. Michigan Tech senior goaltender Jamie Phillips, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was named Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year. After leading the Huskies to a share of the league championship for the first time in 40 years, Michigan Tech bench boss Mel Pearson was recognized as Coach of the Year for the second time.


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WCHA Player of the Year – Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (Delta, British Columbia)
Petan was a driving force behind Michigan Tech's run to a share of its first conference championship since 1976, pacing the WCHA in league play with 16 goals and 29 points (13 assists). The senior from Delta, British Columbia recorded a point in 19 of his 27 conference games, including seven multi-point efforts. The Huskies' co-captain was terrific during Tech's 10-1-3 WCHA binge after Dec. 11, tallying 15 points and netting four game-winning goals among his 10 overall markers. Petan enters the 2016 postseason with 30 points overall, including a league-high 17 goals.


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WCHA Defensive Player of the Year – Casey Nelson, Jr., D, Minnesota State (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin)
Nelson has been the backbone of a Minnesota State defense that has allowed the fewest shots on goal per game and ranked eighth nationally by yielding just 2.03 goals per game, while also contributing mightily on the offensive end. The junior from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. led all WCHA defensemen (second among all players) with a +16 rating in his 27 league games, while also pacing blue-liners with 71 shots on goal and tying for fourth with 15 points (4g-11a). Nelson enters the 2016 playoffs tied for second among league d-men with 20 points overall (four goals), while his 16 assists are tied for seventh among all players and his +14 rating is tied for fourth.


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WCHA Rookie of the Year – Corey Mackin, Fr., F, Ferris State (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Mackin lived up to his preseason prognostication as the league's top rookie, leading WCHA freshmen with 21 points (9g-12) in league play and 23 points (9g-14a) overall. The Philadelphia, Pa. native also paced league rookies with his nine goals, while finishing his first regular season with a +6 rating (+8 in WCHA games). Mackin found his name on the scoresheet in half (14) of his inaugural 28 league contests, while he factored in the game-winning goal (scoring or assisting) in six of Ferris State's 13 WCHA victories.


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WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year – Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech (Caledonia, Ontario)
Phillips, who backstopped Michigan Tech to a share of the league championship, was honored for his stellar work in the crease and in the classroom. The senior has a an overall 3.52 grade-point average, will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and has plans to attend medical school in his native Canada. A finalist for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award, Phillips has been involved with numerous community programs, including volunteer work with Houghton-area youth gymnastics and hockey teams. On the ice, the Winnipeg Jets' draftee ranks 11th nationally with a .712 winning percentage (21-7-5) and 13th with a 2.00 goals-against average. Phillips, among the nominees for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, also has a .921 save percentage in over 2,000 minutes in net.


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WCHA Coach of the Year – Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech
Pearson and Michigan Tech are bringing the MacNaughton Cup back to its ancestral home in Copper County for the first time in 40 years, as the fifth-year bench boss guided the Huskies to a share of their first WCHA regular season championship since the 1975-76 season. He also became the first Tech coach to record consecutive 20-win seasons since the legendary John MacInnes. This is Pearson's second Coach of the Year accolade, as he also was recognized following his first season in 2011-12.




All-WCHA First Team

Petan headlines an all-senior 2015-16 All-WCHA First Team forward line, where he is joined by Minnesota State's Teddy Blueger (Riga, Lativa) and Alaska's Tyler Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia). Blueger, who finished second in the league scoring race, posted 28 points on seven goals (including a WCHA-best five game-winning strikes) and a conference-high 21 assists in WCHA play. The Pittsburgh Penguins' draftee enters the postseason as the WCHA's overall leading scorer with 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points, while tying for second nationally with seven game-winners. Despite missing six games due to injury, Morley remained among the circuit's top scorers with 22 points in WCHA games (11g-11a) and 28 points overall (16g-12a), while his overall 0.59 goals-per-game average ranks 13th nationally.

Nelson and Bowling Green sophomore Mark Friedman (Toronto, Ontario) are the All First-Team defensemen. Friedman, a Philadelphia Flyers' draftee, was the top offensive blue-liner during WCHA play with four goals, 15 assists and 19 points in 28 league games. He also tied for seventh with 52 blocked shots while patrolling the blue line for the nation's 13th-ranked defense.

Bowling Green sophomore Chris Nell was selected as the first-team goaltender after finishing the regular season ranked eighth nationally with a 1.90 goals-against average, 10th with four shutouts and 13th with a WCHA-best .930 save percentage. The Green Bay, Wis. native posted a 15-6-5 mark with a 1.91 GAA, .927 save percentage (646 saves) and three blank sheets in 27 WCHA contests.

2015-16 All-WCHA First Team
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Forward
Alex Petan
Sr., Michigan Tech
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Forward
Teddy Blueger
Sr., Minnesota State
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Forward
Tyler Morley
Sr., Alaska
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Defense
Casey Nelson
Jr., Minnesota State
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Defense
Mark Friedman
So., Bowling Green
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Goalie
Chris Nell
So., Bowling Green

All-WCHA Second Team

The 2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team forwards are Ferris State's Gerald Mayhew and Northern Michigan linemates Darren Nowick and Dominik Shine. Mayhew, a junior from Wyandotte, Mich., led the Bulldogs and tied for third in the league with 25 points (9g-16a) in 28 league games, while his team-high 31 points (11g-20a) are second heading into the playoffs. Nowick, a senior from Long Beach, Calif. crested the 30-point plateau overall (13g-17a), while adding 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in conference contests. Shine, a junior from Pickney, Mich., matched Mayhew with 25 WCHA points (12g-13a) in just 25 games, including four game-winning goals (29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists overall).

The second-team defensemen are Michigan Tech sophomore Matt Roy (Canton, Mich.) and Bowling Green junior Sean Walker (Keswick, Ontario). Roy, a 2015 draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, led all WCHA players with a +19 overall rating (third in league play at +15). He also added 54 blocked shots in 28 league games, along with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. Walker enters the postseason with a WCHA defensemen-high 21 overall points (4g-17a), while he was second with 18 points (3g-15a) in conference outings (along with a +11 rating).

Phillips was voted as the second-team goaltender.

2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team
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Forward
Gerald Mayhew
Jr., Ferris State
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Forward
Darren Nowick
Sr., Northern Michigan
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Forward
Dominik Shine
Jr., Northern Michigan
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Defense
Matt Roy
So., Michigan Tech
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Defense
Sean Walker
Jr., Bowling Green
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Goalie
Jamie Phillips
Sr., Michigan Tech

All-WCHA Third Team

The forwards on the 2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team include Bowling Green's Mark Cooper, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, who ranked sixth in league play with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists; and Minnesota State's Bryce Gervais, a senior from Battleford, Saskatchewan, who finished second with 13 goals in 28 conference contests (along with seven assists and a league-high three short-handed strikes). Michigan Tech teammates Malcolm Gould and Tyler Heinonen tied in the voting to give the third team a quartet of forwards. Gould, a senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, led the WCHA with a +18 rating in league games, while adding 22 points (7g-15a). Heinonen, a junior from Delano, Minn., tied for third with 12 goals in WCHA games, including a league-best seven power-play strikes.

The third-team blue line is manned by Ferris State senior Brandon Anselmini (Guelph, Ontario) and Michigan Tech junior Shane Hanna (Salmon Arm, British Columbia). Anselmini tallied 13 points (1g-12a) to tie for eighth among defensemen in WCHA games, while adding a +7 rating. Hanna, an assistant captain for the Huskies, recorded 15 points (2g-13a) and a +10 rating in league outings.

Lake Superior State's Gordon Defiel (Stillwater, Minn.) is the All-WCHA Third Team goaltender. The sophomore standout led the WCHA with a .934 save percentage in 20 league games, while posting a 9-7-2 record, two shutouts and a 2.16 goals-against average for a Lakers team that improved its league point total by 10 over the previous season.

2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team
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Forward
Mark Cooper
Sr., Bowling Green
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Forward
Bryce Gervais
Sr., Minnesota State
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Forward
Malcolm Gould
Sr., Michigan Tech
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Forward
Tyler Heinonen
Jr., Michigan Tech
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Defense
Brandon Anselmini
Sr., Ferris State
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Defense
Shane Hanna
Jr., Michigan Tech
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Goalie
Gordon Defiel
So., Lake Superior State

WCHA All-Rookie Team

Mackin headlines the 2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie team forwards, along with Minnesota State's Max Coatta (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Michigan Tech's Jake Lucchini (Trail, British Columbia). Coatta (5g-6a) and Lucchini (4g-7a) each tied for fourth among league freshmen with 11 points in WCHA play, with the Maverick rookie also tying for fourth with a +7 rating and the Husky posting a +1 mark.

Alaska Anchorage's Wyatt Ege and Minnesota State's Daniel Brickley make up the All-Rookie Team blue line. Ege, a native of Elk River, Minn., tied for the scoring lead among WCHA freshmen defensemen with nine points (1g-8a) in league games, while ranking second with 35 blocked shots. Brickley, from Sandy, Utah, complemented a +7 rating with seven points (1g-6a) and 33 blocks during his inaugural 26 WCHA contests.

Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen, who used a stellar first half to cement his place among the national leaders, is the All-Rookie Team goaltender. The freshman from Vihti, Finland finished his first collegiate regular season with an NCAA freshman-best .929 save percentage in 24 games (21 starts), a mark good for 14th among all netminders.

2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie Team
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Forward
Corey Mackin
Ferris State
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Forward
Max Coatta
Minnesota State
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Forward
Jake Lucchini
Michigan Tech
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Defense
Wyatt Ege
Alaska Anchorage
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Defense
Daniel Brickley
Minnesota State
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Goalie
Atte Tolvanen,
Northern Michigan

About the 2015-16 WCHA Awards

Conference member team head coaches vote for the WCHA individual award winners and all-league selections, while the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year is selected by the institutional faculty representatives. Points for awards and all-league teams are awarded on a five-point (First Team vote), three-point (Second Team vote), and one-point (Third Team vote) basis.


2015-16 WCHA INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Player of the Year: Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Nelson, Jr., D, Minnesota State
Rookie of the Year: Corey Mackin, F, Ferris State
Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech
Coach of the Year: Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech
Scoring Champion: Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech
Goaltending Champion: Cole Huggins, Jr., G, Minnesota State


All-WCHA First Team

Forwards: Alex Petan, Sr., Michigan Tech; Teddy Blueger, Sr., Minnesota State; Tyler Morley, Sr., Alaska

Defensemen: Casey Nelson, Jr., Minnesota State; Mark Friedman, So., Bowling Green

Goaltender: Chris Nell, So., Bowling Green


2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team

Forwards: Gerald Mayhew, Jr., Ferris State; Darren Nowick, Sr., Northern Michigan; Dominik Shine, Jr., Northern Michigan

Defensemen: Matt Roy, So., Michigan Tech; Sean Walker, Jr., Bowling Green

Goaltender: Jamie Phillips, Sr., Michigan Tech


2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team

Forwards: Mark Cooper, Sr., Bowling Green; Bryce Gervais, Sr., Minnesota State; Malcolm Gould, Sr., Michigan Tech and Tyler Heinonen, Jr., Michigan Tech

Defensemen: Brandon Anselmini, Sr., Ferris State; Shane Hanna, Jr., Michigan Tech

Goaltender: Gordon Defiel, So., Lake Superior State


2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Forwards: Corey Mackin, Ferris State; Max Coatta, Minnesota State; Jake Lucchini, Michigan Tech

Defensemen: Wyatt Ege, Alaska Anchorage; Daniel Brickley, Minnesota State

Goaltender: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan


2015-16 WCHA All-Academic Team

To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

Following, by team, are the one hundred, forty (140) 2015-16 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees: (*indicates repeat honoree)

University of Alabama in Huntsville
James Block (So., F, Wrightstown, Wis.); Chad Brears* (Sr., F, Cold Lake, Alberta); Richard Buri (So., D, Nitra, Slovakia); Brandon Carlson* (Jr., D, Huntington Beach, Calif.); Cody Champagne (So., D, Brookfield, Conn.); Brent Fletcher* (Jr., F, New Westminster, British Columbia); Josh Kestner (So., F, Huntsville, Ala.); Matt Larose* (Jr., G, Nanaimo, British Columbia); Max McHugh (So., F, Seattle, Wash.); Frank Misuraca* (Sr., D, Clinton Township, Mich.); Brandon Parker (So., D, Faribault, Minn.); Jack Prince* (Sr., F, Leicester, England); Regan Soquila* (Jr., F, Maple Ridge, British Columbia); Jordan Uhelski (So., G, Flint, Mich.); Anderson White* (Sr., D, Caledon, Ontario)

University of Alaska Anchorage
Austin Azurdia (So., F, Wenatchee, Wash.); Jarrett Brown (So., D, Beaumont, Alberta); Anthony Conti (So., F, North Vancouver, British Columbia); Jared D'Amico (So., G, Chestermere, Alberta); Tanner Dusyk* (Jr., F, Montmarte, Saskatchewan); Brad Duwe (Jr., F, Soldotna, Alaska); Dylan Hubbs (Jr., F, Beaumont, Alberta); Tad Kozun (So., F, Nipawin, Saskatchewan); Blake Leask* (Sr., D, Edmonton, Alberta); Olivier Mantha (So., G, La Tuque, Québec); Austin Sevalrud* (Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta); Blake Tatchell* (Sr., F, North Battleford, Saskatchewan); Chase Van Allen (Jr., D, Anchorage, Alaska)

University of Alaska
Josh Atkinson* (Sr., D, Spruce Grove, Alberta); Marcus Basara* (Jr., F, Port Moody, British Columbia); Josh Erickson* (Jr., F, Roseau, Minn.); Zach Frye (So., D, Spokane, Wash.); Alec Hajdukovich* (Sr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska); Nick Hinz (So., F, Oakdale, Minn.); Nolan Huysmans* (Sr., F, Alberta); Davis Jones (Jr., G, St. Albert, Alberta); John Keeney* (Sr., G, Twin Peaks, Calif.); Peter Krieger (So., F, Oakdale, Minn.) Brandon Morley* (Jr., F, Burnaby, British Columbia); Tyler Morley* (Sr., F, Burnaby, British Columbia); Tayler Munson (So., F, Fairbanks, Alaska); J.D. Peterson* (Sr., D, Orange, Calif.); Justin Woods (So., D, Fairbanks, Alaska)

Bemidji State University
Nate Arentz* (Jr., F, Lakeville, Minn.); Kyle Bauman (So., F, Apopka, Fla.); Brett Beauvais (So., D, Prince Edward Island); Michael Bitzer (So., G, Moorhead, Minn.); Myles Fitzgerald (So., F, Port Alberni, British Columbia); Markus Gerbrandt* (Sr., F, Edmonton, Alberta); Brendan Harms* (Jr., F, Steinbach, Manitoba); Jordan Heller (So., F, Bemidji, Minn.) Graeme McCormack* (Sr., D, Thunder Bay, Ontario); Reid Mimmack* (Jr., G, Brainerd, Minn.); Charlie O'Connor* (Jr., F, Elk Grove Village, Ill.); John Parker (Sr., F, Lake Geneva, Wash.); Ruslan Pedan* (Jr., D, Moscow, Russia); Carter Struthers* (Jr., D, Weyburn, Saskatchewan); Jesse Wilkins* (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta)

Bowling Green State University
Tommy Burke* (Sr., G, Chaska, Minn.); Mark Cooper* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Brett D'Andrea (So., F, Marysville, Mich.); Jose Delgadillo* (Sr., D, Milwaukee, Wis.); Kevin Dufour* (Jr., F, Québec City, Québec); Ben Greiner (So., F, Newport Beach, Calif.); Mitch McLain (So., F, Baxter, Minn.); Pierre Luc Mercier (Jr., F, Montréal, Québec); Chris Nell (So., G, Green Bay, Wis.); Matt Pohlkamp* (Jr., F, Baxter, Minn.); Jakob Reichert (So., F, Langley, British Columbia); Tomas Sholl* (Jr., G, Hermosa Beach, Calif.); Tyler Spezia (So., F, Clinton Township, Mich.); Sean Walker (Jr., D, Keswick, Ontario)

Ferris State University
Tyler Andrew (So., F, Bethel Park, Pa.); Brandon Anselmini* (Sr., D, Guelph, Ontario); Kenny Babinski* (Sr., F, Midland, Mich.); Simon Denis* (Sr., D, Burnaby, British Columbia); Andrew Dorantes (So., F, Waterford, Mich.); Tyler Dorantes (So., D, Waterford, Mich.); Zach Dorer* (Sr., D, Holt, Mich.); Ryan Lowney* (Jr., D, Redford, Mich.); Andrew Mayer (So., F, Troy, Mich.); Chad McDonald* (Jr., F, Battle Creek, Mich.); Ruben Medrano* (Sr., G, Holt, Mich.); Sean O'Rourke* (Sr., D, Alta Loma, Calif.); Trace Pennock* (Jr., G, Big Rapids, Mich.); Matt Robertson* (Sr., F, Rohnert Park, Calif.); Kyle Schempp* (Jr., F, Saginaw, Mich.); Zach Szajner (So., F, White Lake, Mich.); Jared VanWormer* (Jr., F, Traverse City, Mich.); Charles Williams* (Sr., G, Canton, Mich.)

Lake Superior State University
Jayson Angus* (Jr., F, Latrobe, Pa.); Kyle Chatham (So., D, Belleville, Ill.); Gus Correale* (Jr., F, Prince George, B.C.); Aaron Davis* (Jr., G, Mound, Minn.); Gordon Defiel (So., G, Stillwater, Minn.); Eric Drapluk* (Sr., D, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); Alex Globke* (Jr., F, Waterford, Mich.); Matt Johnson (Jr., F, Clinton Township, Mich.); Zach Loesch* (Sr., D, White Bear Lake, Minn.); Austin McKay* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Bryce Schmitt* (Sr., F, Minot, N.D.); Ryan Renz (So., D, Castlegar, British Columbia); James Roll (So., D, West Seneca, N.Y.); Peter Spratte* (Sr., D, Rochester, Minn.); Daniel Vernace* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Aidan Wright (So., D, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

Michigan Technological University
Patrick Anderson* (Jr., F, Bismark, N.D.); Brent Baltus* (Jr., F, Nanaimo, British Columbia); CJ Eick* (Sr., F, Appleton, Wis.); Shane Hanna (Jr., D, Salmon Arm, British Columbia); Devin Kero (So., G, Hancock, Mich.); Chris Leibinger* (Jr., D, Saginaw, Mich.); Mike Neville (Jr., F, Woodbridge, Ontario); Alex Petan* (Sr., F, Delta, British Columbia); Jamie Phillips* (Sr., G, Caledonia, Ontario); Dylan Steman (So., F, Hanover, Minn.); Reid Sturos* (Jr., F, Brighton, Mich.); Cliff Watson* (Jr., D, Appleton, Wis.); Matt Wintjes (Jr., G, Holland Landing, Ontario)

Minnesota State University
Sean Flanagan* (Jr., D, Kindersley, Saskatchewan); Carter Foguth (Jr., D, Fenton, Mich.); Cole Huggins* (Jr., G, Centennial, Ohio); Michael Huntebrinker* (Jr., F, Chesterfield, Mo,); Jon Jutzi* (Sr., D, Tavistock, Ontario); Dylan Margonari* (Sr., F, Greensburg, Pa.); Aaron Nelson (So., G, Bismark, N.D.); Casey Nelson* (Jr., D, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.); Jordan Nelson* (Jr., F, Williston, N.D)

Northern Michigan University
Cohen Adair* (Sr., F, Stratford, Ontario); Zach Diamantoni (So., F, Boca Raton, Fla.); Derek Dun* (Jr., G, Surrey, British Columbia); Jordan Klimek (So., D, Langley, British Columbia); Aaron Leach* (Sr., F, Marquette, Mich.); Brock Maschmeyer* (Jr., D, Bruederheim, Alberta); Darren Nowick* (Sr., F, Long Beach, Calif.); Robbie Payne (So., F, Gaylord, Mich.); Sami Salminen* (Jr., F, Helsinki, Finland); Filip Starzynski (So., F, Warsaw, Poland); Ryan Trenz* (Sr., D, St. Louis, Mo.); Easton Viitala (So., F, Marquette, Mich.)