EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 28, 2016 – A pair of clutch goals and a stout goaltending performance highlight the efforts of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 25-26, 2016. The honorees are: Bowling Green junior forward Mitchell McLain (Offensive Player of the Week), Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond (Defensive Player of the Week) and Lake Superior State freshman forward Luke Morgan (Rookie of the Week).
Mitchell McLain, Jr., F
Bowling Green (Baxter, Minn.)
McLain played a major role in helping Bowling Green capture five-of-six points against visiting Alaska Anchorage, propelling the Falcons into third place in the WCHA standings. The junior from Baxter, Minn. ensured the host Falcons received the extra WCHA point Friday night, netting a goal 1:17 into the 3-on-3, double overtime session following a 3-3 tie. In Saturday's series finale, McLain tallied a pair of assists – including on the game-winner – as Bowling Green ran its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with a 3-0 victory. This is McLain's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his third career honor (including one Rookie of the Week accolade).
Honorable Mention: Diego Cuglietta, So., F, Lake Superior State (led the WCHA with three points on three assists, including a pair of helpers during the Lakers' 3-1 upset win at then-No. 16 Michigan last Friday); Reid Sturos, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (had one assist each night as the Huskies swept host Alaska).
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
Redmond moved into the NCAA lead for goals-against average (1.46) following another stellar weekend, as the rookie backstopped Michigan Tech to a road sweep at Alaska. The freshman from Langley, British Columbia saved 48-of-50 shots he faced this past weekend in Fairbanks, leading WCHA netminders who made two starts with a .960 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. Redmond made 15 of his 22 saves Friday night in the final two periods, as the Huskies snapped a 1-1 tie and rolled to a 4-1 win. Saturday night, he turned aside 26-of-27 shots and Tech held on for the 2-1 triumph. This is Redmond's second WCHA weekly honor, as he also earned Rookie of the Week accolades for games of Oct. 28-29.
Honorable Mention: Collin Saccoman, Fr., D, Lake Superior State (recorded a WCHA-best 10 blocked shots, helping the Lakers split a nonconference road series at then-No. 16 Michigan).
Luke Morgan, Fr., F
Lake Superior State (Brighton, Mich.)
Playing in front of many family and friends in the metro-Detroit area, Morgan – a Brighton, Mich. native – scored the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation, lifting Lake Superior State to a 3-1 upset victory at then-No. 16 Michigan. Morgan's goal, the only game-winner by a WCHA freshman last weekend, snapped a 1-1 tie at the fabled Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. He finished the weekend split with a +1 rating and a blocked shot. This is Morgan's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Bednard, Fr., G, Bowling Green (earned his first collegiate win and shutout with an 11-save effort in the Falcons' 3-0 victory Saturday over Alaska Anchorage).