EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 1, 2016 – A pair of standout performers that helped lead their respective teams to an NCAA-best six wins last month have earned men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) monthly honors for November 2016. For their efforts, Bowling Green junior forward Mitchell McLain was named Player of the Month and Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond garnered Rookie of the Month honors.
Mitchell McLain, Jr., F
Bowling Green (Baxter, Minn.)
McLain was the offensive sparkplug for a Bowling Green squad that went 6-1-1 in November, tying for the NCAA wins lead and tying for third nationally with a .812 winning percentage. The junior from Baxter, Minn. led the WCHA last month with five goals, 11 points and a 1.38 points-per-game average, while tying for third with a +8 rating and 87 face-off wins. Among all NCAA skaters, McLain tied for sixth in points and tied for 10th in +/- rating, all while pacing a Falcons offense that led the WCHA and ranked second nationally by scoring 4.12 goals-per-game. McLain tallied a point in five of eight games in November, while he has contributed four goals and five assists during Bowling Green's current six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1). His multi-point efforts during the month included two points (1g-1a) and the assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over Ferris State (Nov. 4); two helpers in a 5-3 win at Northern Michigan (Nov. 12); and, two assists – including a helper on the game-winner – in a 3-0 victory over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 26). McLain's top performance of the month was a four-point outburst, including his first career hat trick, in an 8-3 triumph at Alabama Huntsville (Nov. 19). The junior is now the WCHA's overall points leader in 2016-17 with 17 (7g-10a), already one shy of his entire 2015-16 output. This is McLain's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Kurt Gosselin, So., D, Alabama Huntsville (tallied a point in all six games, ranked fourth in the WCHA with 1.17 points-per-game, and tied for second among league defensemen with seven points stemming from three goals and four assists); Joel L'Esperance, Jr., F, Michigan Tech (led the WCHA with five goals, three power-play goals and five power-play points, while finding the scoresheet in seven-of-eight games as the Huskies went 6-1-1); Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State (tied for the WCHA lead with five goals, including an NCAA-best three game-winners to help the Bulldogs to a 4-2-0 mark).
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
After assuming the starting reins in the last series of October, Redmond was between the pipes for all eight games in November and backstopped Michigan Tech to an NCAA-best six wins and a .812 winning percentage (6-1-1) – good for a tie for third nationally. The freshman from Langley, British Columbia was outstanding in his first full month as a college starter, ranking second in the WCHA and sixth nationally (tops among NCAA rookie goaltenders) with a 1.48 goals-against average (GAA). Redmond allowed only 12 goals in his 485:59 in net, while posting 156 saves and a .929 save percentage. He allowed one goal in five-of-eight games, and two-or-less in seven efforts. With Redmond as the last line of defense, Michigan Tech led the WCHA and ranked second nationally by yielding just 1.50 goals-per-game; additionally, the Huskies' penalty-kill unit was also tops in the league (seventh NCAA) at 90.5 percent (38-for-42). Redmond closed the month on an even better run, posting a 1.27 GAA and .941 save percentage during the Huskies' current seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1). The rookie now leads the NCAA with an overall 1.46 GAA, while he is fourth with an .850 winning percentage (8-1-1) and 10th with a .933 save mark. This is Redmond's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G, Ferris State (two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week during the month posted a perfect 4-0-0 mark, while ranking second in the WCHA with a .949 save percentage and fourth with a 1.75 goals-against average).