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WCHA announces individual awards

The WCHA’s best hockey team this season was unsurprisingly well represented in end-of-season accolades on Tuesday.

Mavericks senior forward Marc Michaelis was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Dryden McKay was named Goaltender of the Year, Lucas Sowder was Rookie of the Year and senior Edwin Hookenson was Student-Athlete of the Year.

Bowling Green senior Alec Rauhauser was named Defensive Player of the Year. Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore was named Coach of the Year.

Michaelis led the WCHA in overall scoring with 20 goals and 44 points. His point total was also third nationally.

Rauhauser completed his Falcons career with his second Defensive Player of the Year accolade. Rauhauser led the conference in defensive scoring with 11 goals and 35 points.

McKay capped one of the all-time greatest WCHA seasons with his second Goaltender of the Year award. He led the WCHA with a league record 1.17 goals-against average. He led the nation with a 1.31 overall goals-against average and a .942 save percentage, along with 10 shutouts.

Sowder scored six goals and 31 points for the Mavericks. He was fifth nationwide in freshman scoring.

Hookenson, the conference’s student-athlete of the year, is a double-major in accounting and finance with a 3.968 cumulative GPA. He scored three goals and 13 points this season for Minnesota State.

Serratore led Bemidji State to a runner-up finish in the WCHA with a 22-10-5 overall and 20-5-3 conference record. The Coach of the Year award is Serratore’s second, after winning it in 2016-17.

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