EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 3, 2017 – Following a week of holiday tournament play and one league series, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Dec. 28, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 are: Alaska Anchorage junior forward Matt Anholt (Offensive Player of the Week), Ferris State freshman goaltender Justin Kapelmaster (Defensive Player of the Week) and Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond (Rookie of the Week).
Matt Anholt, Jr., F, Alaska Anchorage
(Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)
Anholt, the Seawolves' captain, led Alaska Anchorage to a 4-1, upset victory over then-No. 15 Bemidji State last Friday night with a goal and assist. The junior from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan picked up the primary assist on a first-period goal that stood as the eventual game-winner; then, with the Seawolves clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third period, he scored short-handed at the 17:17 mark to help put the game away. Anholt finished the weekend with four shots on goal, 21 face-off wins and a WCHA-high +3 rating. This is Anholt's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his second career honor.
Honorable Mention: Brett D'Andrea, Jr., F, Bowling Green (factored in two of the Falcons' three goals in a 3-0 nonconference win over RIT, tallying a goal and assist); J.T. Henke, Jr., F, Lake Superior State (recorded a goal, assist and eight shots in the Lakers' nonconference series at No. 18 Omaha); Corey Mackin, So., F, Ferris State (scored just 14 seconds into the Bulldogs' eventual 1-1 tie with then-No. 6/5 Boston College at the Three Rivers Classic); Phillip Marinaccio, Sr., F, Bemidji State (logged a power-play goal Friday, before assisting on the game-winning strike in the No. 17 Beavers' 1-0 victory Saturday at Alaska Anchorage).
Justin Kapelmaster, Fr., G
Ferris State (Coral Springs, Fla.)
In his lone game of the Three Rivers Classic, Kapelmaster was simply sensational, stopping 58-of-59 shots to guide Ferris State to a 1-1 tie with then-No. 6/5 Boston College. The freshman's 58 saves are tied for the 22nd-best single-game performance in the 65-year history of the WCHA, while his effort is tied for the seventh-best effort by a league rookie. Kapelmaster made 20 stops in the first period, 20 more in the second, 15 in the third period and three more in overtime, stymying an Eagles' offense that ranks 12th nationally. The Coral Springs, Fla. native was named to the Three Rivers Classic All-Tournament Team. This is Kapelmaster's third WCHA weekly award of his freshman season, as he twice previously earned Rookie honors.
Honorable Mention: Michael Bitzer, Jr., G, Bemidji State (totaled 33 saves, a .917 save percentage, a 1.51 goals-against average and his NCAA-best fourth shutout as the No. 17 Beavers split a series at Alaska Anchorage); Olivier Mantha, Jr., G, Alaska Anchorage (ranked second in the WCHA with 59 saves, posting a .967 save percentage and 1.02 goals-against average as the Seawolves split with then-No. 15 Bemidji State); Chris Nell, Jr., G, Bowling Green (set a school record with his eighth career shutout, a 17-save effort in the Falcons' 3-0 nonconference win over RIT); Cliff Watson, Sr., D, Michigan Tech (earned Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament honors, while scoring the Huskies' second goal in a 2-0 semifinal win over Michigan).
Angus Redmond, Fr., G
Michigan Tech (Langley, British Columbia)
Redmond continued his excellent rookie campaign, stopping 47-of-48 shots in 131:55 of the Great Lakes Invitational. The freshman from Langley, British Columbia led Michigan Tech to the GLI Championship Game with a 2-0, 24-save shutout victory over Michigan in the semifinals. He then turned aside 23 shots – including some highlight reel saves late – in a 1-0, overtime loss to No. 14 Western Michigan in the title game. Redmond continues to lead the country with a 1.27 goals-against average, while he ranks fourth with a .942 save percentage and sixth with a .781 winning mark (12-3-1). This is Redmond's fourth WCHA weekly award of his rookie campaign, including one Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Collin Saccoman, Fr., D, Lake Superior State (tied for the WCHA lead among defensemen and all rookie skaters with two points, tallying a goal and assist – along with eight blocked shots – in the Lakers' nonconference series at No. 18 Omaha); Zach Whitecloud, Fr., D, Bemidji State (netted an assist and two blocked shots as the No. 17 Beavers earned a road split at Alaska Anchorage).