EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Clutch scorers and playmakers all, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Jan. 27-28, 2017 helped their respective teams earn five-point league weekends. The honorees are: Michigan Tech senior forward Reid Sturos (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota State sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley (Defensive Player of the Week) and Mavericks' freshman forward Parker Tuomie (Rookie of the Week).
Reid Sturos, Sr., F
Michigan Tech (Brighton, Mich.)
With Michigan Tech looking to close the gap in the WCHA standings, Sturos tied for the league lead with two goals and three points, helping the Huskies to a five-point road weekend at Alabama Huntsville. The senior from Brighton, Mich. led the country last week with two short-handed goals, both scored during Tech's 5-2, series-opening victory. His first shorty of the night came at 19:25 of the second period and stood as the game-winner, while his empty-netter sealed the win. Saturday night, the Huskies trailed, 4-3, with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation, until Sturos fed Jake Lucchini for the tying strike (Tech would go on to capture the extra league point with a shootout win). One of Michigan Tech's assistant captains, Sturos finished the weekend with eight shots on goal and a +2 rating. This is Sturos' second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and fifth career honor, including three Rookie of the Week accolades.
Honorable Mention: Gerald Mayhew, Sr., F, Ferris State (tied for the WCHA lead with two goals and three points, including a goal in Friday night's nationally televised contest and a two-point effort in the Bulldogs' 5-0 victory Saturday over Bowling Green).
Daniel Brickley, So., D
Minnesota State (Sandy, Utah)
Brickley was a factor on both ends of the ice, tallying a goal and an assist, and tying for the NCAA lead with nine blocked shots, as Minnesota State earned five points against visiting Lake Superior State. The sophomore from Sandy, Utah set a career high with six blocks in the Mavericks' 4-2, series-opening win Friday. While he also recorded three blocks Saturday, Brickley had a hand in both Minnesota State goals as the Mavs rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to earn a 2-2 tie (and eventual extra point in the 3-on-3 overtime). The defenseman picked up the primary assist on MSU's first goal and then tied the contest with his own marker with 9:42 remaining. Brickley, who is the top-scoring blue-liner in the WCHA (tied for eighth nationally) with 22 points, finished the weekend with four shots on goal and a +2 rating. This is Brickley's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G, Ferris State (led the WCHA with a .944 save percentage, stopping 51-of-54 shots during the Bulldogs' split with visiting Bowling Green); Brandon Parker, Jr., D, Alabama Huntsville (tied for the WCHA defenseman scoring lead with three points, logging three assists for the Chargers against visiting Michigan Tech); Matt Roy, Jr., D, Michigan Tech (tied for the WCHA defenseman scoring lead with three points, including a pair of goals Saturday as the Huskies rallied from a two-goal deficit in a tie and eventual shootout win at Alabama Huntsville).
Parker Tuomie, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Tuomie is credited with just one official goal on the weekend, but the rookie played an integral role in Minnesota State's five-point league weekend against visiting Lake Superior State. The freshman from Bremerhaven, Germany tallied his first collegiate game-winning goal in the Mavericks' 4-2, series-opening win Friday, as he snapped a 2-2 tie 3:07 into the third period. Saturday evening, his goal at the 3:52 mark of the 3-on-3 overtime period gave Minnesota State the extra league point – and pushed the Mavericks into sole possession of third place in the WCHA standings. This is the second WCHA weekly award of Tuomie's freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Gavin Gould, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (had a goal and two assists in the Huskies' 5-2 win Friday at Alabama Huntsville); Luke Morgan, Fr., F, Lake Superior State (ran his point streak to four games with a goal Friday and an assist Saturday in the Lakers' series at Minnesota State); Joe Rutkowski, Fr., D, Ferris State (tallied team highs with two assists and a +3 rating, while adding two shots on goal and two blocked shots in the Bulldogs' split with visiting Bowling Green).