Veillette, Mitens earn WCHA weekly accolades; Nellis play named USCHO Play of the Week

Mareks Mitens stretches during a pregame warmup prior to his first collegiate start. The sophomore goaltender earned his first WCHA weekly award with his 31 save shutout against Merrimack (Dennis Menard/LHB)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced its weekly award winners for the weekend of October 6th and 7th.  Among the recipients of the honors this week were sophomore goaltender Mareks Mitens and freshman forward Pierre-Luc Veillette.

Mitens, a native of Ventspilis, Latvia, started his first game of the season on Sunday, October 7th.  In the game, he earned the second shutout  of his collegiate career by stopping all 31 shots he faced as the Lakers won a tightly contested 1-0 victory over the Merrimack Warriors.  The sophomore edged out Bowling Green State junior goaltender Ryan Bednard to capture the honors.

Although he was nominated for Rookie of the Week twice last season, this is the first time he has won a weekly conference award.

Veillette, a freshman forward from Drummondville, Quebec, earned two assists this weekend, both coming in a 5-4 Saturday evening win.  As this was the first week of play in his first season in college, it naturally follows that this is the first time he has either won or been nominated for weekly conference honors.  In winning the award, Veillette beat out defenseman Tim Theocharidis of Bowling Green.

Also receiving nominations for Lake Superior this weekend were junior forward Max Humitz and freshman defenseman Jacob Nordqvist.  Humitz had two goals over the weekend, including the game winner on Sunday afternoon, while Nordqvist had two assists in the Saturday evening win.  Coincedentally, Nordqvist’s two assists both came on goals by senior forward Diego Cuglietta and were the same goals that Veilletts had his two assists on.

Penalty shot named Play of the Week by USCHO

In addition to the awards garnered by Veillette and Mitens, Anthony Nellis’ game-winning penalty shot was selected as the top play of the week by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO).  His play beat out Arizona State goaltender Joey Daccord earning an assist and a goal by Minnesota’s Rem Pitlick.