BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Mark Auk and Justin Misiak of the Michigan Tech hockey team have been named WCHA Players of the Week. Auk was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and Misiak picked up WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.
Auk was named Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament, leading Tech to the title with four points on two goals and two assists. The senior from St. Clair Shores, Mich. added five shots on goal, four blocked shots and a plus-3 rating as the Huskies knocked off No. 16 Union and No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. Auk scored in the first period of Friday's 6-3 victory over the Dutchmen, while assisting on Dane Birks' first-period tally and Jake Jackson's game-sealing, empty-net goal. He then scored on the power play for Tech's first goal in Saturday's championship game, igniting a rally from an early 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-3, title-clinching win over the host Bulldogs. Auk is tied for the nation's lead with six points through the first three games and is second on the team with 59 career points on 14 goals and 45 assists. This is Auk's first career WCHA weekly award.
Misiak's first collegiate goal was certainly memorable, as the freshman snapped a 3-3 tie midway through the second period and gave Tech the Ice Breaker Tournament championship with a 4-3 victory over No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. The rookie from St. Clair Shores, Mich. saw his first action in the tournament, finishing with four shots on goal and an even rating. However, it was his clutch, even-strength goal, coming less than two minutes after the host Bulldogs had tied the game, that will go down in Huskies lore.
The No. 13/15 ranked Huskies will hit the road to begin WCHA play at Lake Superior State this weekend. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday from Taffy Abel Arena. The Lakers split their home and home series with Northern Michigan last weekend. LSSU won 5-3 on its home ice Friday and fell 4-1 in Marquette Saturday.