The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced today the recipients of its Player of the Week awards for the past weekend. Lake Superior State, on the strength of its weekend split with Michigan Tech, captured two of the four awards, with one player earning his first ever.
Will Riedell and Ashton Calder, who each had four points in Houghton, were named Defenceman of the Week and Forward of the Week, respectively.
Riedell, a blue liner from Greensboro, North Carolina, racked up three assists in the Lakers’ 7-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday night. He assisted on two goals by Calder (the first being a shorthanded goal, the second being the game winner), plus one that belonged to team captain Max Humitz. Saturday night saw him pick up another assist, again helping Calder find the back of the net. With the weekend totals, the junior has equaled his point total of 11 from last season — his best mark in a Laker uniform so far.
In claiming the award, Riedell beat out Tim Theocharidis of Bowling Green and Edwin Hookenson of Minnesota State.
Earning his second weekly award of the season, and the fourth of his career, Calder had three goals and an assist. His first tally proved to be the last seen by Matt Jurusik that evening, as the netminder was swapped for Blake Pietella after allowing the shorthanded goal. The sophomore from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, connected in the second period against Pietella, and earned his third goal of the weekend on Saturday, beating Robbie Beydoun, thus scoring three goals against three different goaltenders. In addition, Calder helped set up Pete Veillette’s game tying goal late in regulation during the Saturday overtime loss.
Calder beat out Max Newton of Alaska, Connor Ford of Bowling Green, Jared Spooner of the Mavericks and Brian Halonen of Michigan Tech.
The other two awards were claimed by Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay (Goaltender of the Week) and Alaska defenceman Markuss Komuls (Rookie of the Week). No other Lakers were nominated.