Henke receives WCHA Offensive Player of the Week accolades

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced the recipients of its Players of the Week honors for games during the week of October 8th.  Among the honorees was Lake Superior senior forward J.T. Henke, who earned Offensive Player of the Week.

J.T. Henke (far right) celebrates a goal against Michigan State in October, 2016. Henke was selected as WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Michigan Tech on Oct. 13 &14, 2017.

Henke scored one goal and four assists in the weekend series against Michigan Tech.  On Friday, Henke had three assists in a close 4-3 loss to the Huskies, who came in ranked 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll and 15th in the USCHO.com Poll.

On Saturday, Henke scored the first goal of the game and later assisted on the game tying goal in the third period from Anthony Nellis. 

With his assist on the Nellis goal Saturday, Henke had an assist on every Laker goal on the weekend that he didn’t score himself.

Henke currently is tied for 11th nationally in scoring with six points.  In the WCHA, his five points in conference games – all coming this past weekend – have him at the top of the league in scoring.

This is the first time Henke has received weekly WCHA accolades in his Laker career.  Among the other nominees he beat out for the honors was one of his opponents from the weekend – Gavin Gould of the Huskies.

Among the nominees for other Player of the Week positions was freshman goaltender Mareks Mitens.  Mitens, who officially made 40 saves in his college hockey debut, was nominated for Rookie of the Week.  Mitens also made seven saves in the 3 on 3 overtime, including a stop on a Mark Auk penalty shot, but those saves ultimately do not count in his overall stats.