EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 12, 2016 – For their roles in leading their respective teams to league road sweeps, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Dec. 9-10, 2016 are: Michigan Tech sophomore forward Jake Lucchini (Offensive Player of the Week), Alabama Huntsville junior defenseman Brandon Parker (Defensive Player of the Week) and Michigan Tech goaltender Angus Redmond (Rookie of the Week).
Jake Lucchini, So., F
Michigan Tech (Trail, British Columbia)
Twice last weekend, Michigan Tech was tied in the third period at Bowling Green. Twice, Lucchini delivered the tie-breaking, game-winning goal, lifting the Huskies to a key WCHA road sweep. With Tech trailing 1-0 Friday, Lucchini picked up the primary assist on Matt Roy's game-tying goal 2:41 before the second intermission. The sophomore from Trail, British Columbia then snapped the tie with a short-handed, unassisted goal with 5:04 remaining in regulation, pushing the Huskies to a 3-1 victory. Again tied at 1-1 into the final stanza in Saturday's series finale, Lucchini struck at the 8:31 mark to give Tech the 2-1 triumph. Lucchini led all NCAA skaters with his two game-winning goals last weekend, while he finished his 3-point series with a +2 rating. This is Lucchini's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Myles Fitzgerald, Jr., F, Bemidji State (helped the No. 13/15 Beavers to a five-point weekend against visiting Lake Superior State, netting the shootout winner Friday and contributing two assists to a 3-2 win Saturday); CJ Franklin, Jr., F, Minnesota State (had a big third period Saturday, assisting on the game-tying goal and scoring the game-winner as the No. 16 Mavericks rallied for a 3-2 win at Ferris State); Josh Kestner, Jr., F, Alabama Huntsville (led the WCHA with four points on two goals and two assists, while tying for the league-high with a +3 rating in the Chargers' road sweep at Northern Michigan); Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State (team-leading three points on one goal and two assists as the Bulldogs split with visiting No. 16 Minnesota State).
Brandon Parker, Jr., D
Alabama Huntsville (Faribault, Minn.)
Parker excelled on both ends of the ice during Alabama Huntsville's road sweep at Northern Michigan, tying for the NCAA defenseman scoring lead with three points. The lone WCHA blue-liner with two goals this past weekend, he netted the game-winning marker in the Chargers' 4-1, series-opening victory Friday. The junior from Faribault, Minn. then scored a power-play goal at the 15:53 mark of the third period Saturday, icing UAH's 3-1 win and third road sweep this year – the most for the program in a single season since the 2004-05 campaign. Parker also contributed two blocked shots, helped hold the Wildcats scoreless on all eight power-play opportunities and tied for tops among all WCHA skaters with a +3 rating. This is Parker's first career WCHA weekly award. Honorable Mention: Michael Bitzer, Jr., G, Bemidji State (1-0-1 with a .909 save percentage and 1.44 goals-against average, while he also stopped a tying shootout attempt to help the No. 13/15 Beavers earn five points against visiting Lake Superior State); Matt Roy, Jr., D, Michigan Tech (had six blocked shots, scored game-tying goal Friday and assisted on game-winner Saturday, helping the Huskies to a road sweep at Bowling Green); Darren Smith, So., G, Ferris State (1.52 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and WCHA-high 71 saves on the weekend, including 36 in a 3-0 shutout Friday of No. 16 Minnesota State).
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
Redmond continued to stake his claim as the nation's top rookie goaltender, stopping 47-of-49 shots (.959 save percentage) in Michigan Tech's road sweep at Bowling Green. One of two WCHA goaltenders to win both starts last weekend, the freshman from Langley, British Columbia paced the league with a 1.00 goals-against average. He made 25 saves in the Huskies' 3-1 win Friday, then another 22 stops Saturday in a 2-1 triumph. Redmond continues to lead the country with a 1.40 goals-against average this season, while he is fourth with a .937 save percentage and sixth with a .821 winning mark (11-2-1). This is Redmond's third WCHA weekly award of his freshman campaign, including one Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Joe Rutkowski, Fr., D, Ferris State (notched one goal and one assist, while finishing with a +1 rating, to help the Bulldogs to a home split against No. 16 Minnesota State).