UAFâ??s Beck, NMUâ??s Dahlstrom, MTUâ??s Sturos Named WCHA Menâ??s Players of the Week
WCHA Offensive Player of the WeekColton Beck, F, Sr., Alaska
University of Alaska senior forward Colton Beck, who produced five scoring points in a conference series split with Minnesota State last weekend in Fairbanks, is the WCHA Menâ??s Offensive Player of the Week for Jan. 7, 2014.
A 5-11, 187-pound left wing from Langley, B.C., Beck had five points on two goals and three assists, put five shots on goal and earned a +2 plus/minus rating in the Nanooksâ?? Jan. 3-4 WCHA split against MSU.
He had a pair of assists and scored the game-winning goal in last Fridayâ??s 4-2 victory over the pre-season WCHA favorite Mavericks, who entered the series with seven straight wins. With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Beck assisted on Tyler Morleyâ??s go-ahead goal at 3:47, scored the winner himself at 15:07, and then, after MSU had closed to within one with an extra-attacker tally at 16:39, assisted on Cody Kunykâ??s empty-netter to seal the win.
Then on Saturday, Beck factored into goals that twice brought his team to within one of tying the game in a 6-4 loss. With his club down 3-1 in period two, he assisted on a power-play goal by Trevor Campbell to make it 3-2 then scored a PPG himself at 10:45 to make it 4-3.
In 20 games this season, Beck is Alaskaâ??s third leading scorer with 18 points (7g, 11a).
Also nominated: Dan DeSalvo, F, BGSU; Matt Robertson, F, FSU; Zach Sternberg, D, LSSU; Ryan Furne, F, MTU.
WCHA Defensive Player of the WeekMathias Dahlstrom, G, Fr., Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan University goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom, who yielded just two goals while backstopping the Wildcats to a conference road sweep at Bemidji State last weekend, is the WCHA Menâ??s Defensive Player of the Week for Jan. 7, 2014.
A 6-0, 175-pound freshman from Smedjebacken, Sweden, Dahlstrom got the call to start between the pipes in both games at BSU on Jan. 3-4, stopping 60 of 62 shots on goal for a .968 series saves percentage, posting four shutout periods, and blanking the host Beavers on all nine series power-play chances.
In a 4-1 NMU victory last Friday, Dahlstrom played two shutout periods and made 28 saves while surrendering only a first period goal at the 2:51 mark. He then came back with two more shutout periods and a 32-save effort last Saturday evening, including 14 stops in the third period, as the Wildcats banked four points with a 3-1 triumph despite being outshot 33-24.
Dahlstrom, who ranks second in the WCHA and 15th nationally with a 2.10 goals-against average over 1,028:25 of action, has made 18 appearances in nets for the Wildcats and has a 7-8-2 record and three shutouts. He is also is second in the league and 13th nationally with a .930 saves percentage.
Also nominated: Trevor Campbell, D, UAF; Tommy Burke, G, BGSU; Travis White, D, FSU; Kevin Kapalka, G, LSSU; Jamie Phillips, G, MTU.
WCHA Rookie of the WeekReid Sturos, F, Fr., Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University forward Reid Sturos, who contributed three points, five shots on goal, and earned a +2 plus/minus rating in a road series split at nationally-ranked Lake Superior State last weekend, has been named the WCHA Menâ??s Rookie of the Week for Jan. 7, 2014.
A 6-2, 175-pound freshman right winger from South Lyon, Mich., Sturos opened the two-game, Jan. 3-4 series with an assist in a one-goal, 4-3 loss to the host Lakers last Friday night. With MTU trailing 3-1, he helped set up a second period goal by Ryan Furne that closed the gap to one before the Huskies rallied to tie it at 3-3 at 7:34 of the third.
Sturos then came back with two more assists last Saturday evening, including the primary helper on Tanner Keroâ??s third period game-winner, as Michigan Tech earned a 3-2 victory to secure two key points on the road. His first assist of the evening came on a go-ahead goal by Furne at 8:47 of period two.
Sturos, who entered the weekend with just one career point â?? an assist vs. Bowling Green State on Dec. 13 â?? now has four assists in 14 games played.
Also nominated: Marcus Basara, F, UAF; Chad McDonald, F, FSU; Mathias Dahlstrom, G, NMU.