Wildcats Claim Three Major Awards From WCHA

Wildcats Claim Three Major Awards From WCHA

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Northern Michigan University Hockey had three student-athletes earn Western Collegiate Hockey Association postseason awards as they captured three of four position of the year honors. 

Senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year.  He was the WCHA scoring champion this season with 32 points on a league-high 20 goals and 12 assists in 28 league games. He finished his final season with the Wildcats with 40 points on 23 goals and 17 assists in 39 contests as the Wildcats finished second in the WCHA and reached the semifinals of the league's postseason playoffs. Loggins led the WCHA and shared the national lead in power play goals (10) and shorthanded goals (three) this season while his 23 goals scored tied for second nationally. He led the country in shots on goal with 155. Loggins was a two-time First Team All-WCHA selection during his career in Marquette (2018, 2019) and this season was a two-time WCHA Forward of the Week honoree.

Junior Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minn.) was named Defenseman of the Year. He finished conference play this season with a league-best 22 assists along with six goals for the Wildcats. His 28 points in WCHA play led all league blueliners. Beaulieu finished the season with 35 points on six goals and 29 assists in 39 total games. He earned All-WCHA honors for the second time in his career this year and was a three-time WCHA Defenseman of the Week honoree. Beaulieu recorded his first career hat trick this season with a three-goal effort in a 4-2 win at Alaska on Jan. 4. In 120 games over three seasons, Beaulieu has 96 points on 20 goals and 76 assists and stands at a +23 for his career.

A four-year All-League honoree, senior Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) has earned Goaltender of the Year and First Team All-WCHA honors for the second year in a row after leading the WCHA in wins (18), shutouts (five), saves (699) and shots faced (754) in league play this season. For the full season, Tolvanen notched 1,032 saves at a .917 clip while starting all 39 games. The senior even added the offense with three points. He ended his stellar Wildcat career as NMU's all-time leader in shutouts (13), games played (137) and saves (3,564). He also holds the school single-game record for saves with 58. Tolvanen also earned national notoriety in November when he became just the fourth goaltender in NCAA history to score a goal off of his own shot when he fired the puck the length of the ice to score on an empty net in a 5-3 win over Michigan Tech.

This is the first time in WCHA history that a single school has won all three position of the year awards.

The 2018-19 season came to a close this past weekend after falling to #15 Bowling Green State University in the WCHA Semifinals.