SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Ashton Calder has been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, as announced by conference officials on Monday.
A freshman forward from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan who is majoring in Finance and Economics, Calder (4-15--19) earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors after garnering one goal and three assists for four points in No. 19 Lake Superior State's (20-10-2, 15-9-2 WCHA) series at Northern Michigan. Calder led all WCHA freshmen on the week in five statistical categories: assists, points, assists per game (1.50), points per game (2.00), and plus-minus (+3). He also tied for second among WCHA freshmen in goals scored. His four points were two more than the next-highest freshman total in the WCHA and ranked tied for second among freshmen in NCAA Division I Men's Hockey. He also led all freshmen in the nation in assists, while tying for the second-best plus-minus rating.
Calder began the weekend with two assists in Friday's game at Northern Michigan. He assisted on the Lakers' first goal of the game (scored by senior center Gage Torrel) that tied the score at 1-1 at 17:07 of the first period. He then assisted on the Lakers' second goal of the game that was scored at 9:42 of the second period and drew the Lakers to within one goal of the Wildcats with the score 3-2. On Saturday, Calder continued his strong play – tallying one goal, one assist, two points and a +3 rating as he was on the ice for each Laker goal. Calder assisted on the Lakers' second goal of the game (scored by junior winger Brayden Gelsinger) at 12:26 of the second period that cut the Laker deficit to one goal (3-2). Calder then tied the game at 3-3 with his fourth goal of the season at 14:12 of the second period.
This is Calder's second WCHA weekly honor of the season as he was named WCHA Co-Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19. He was also named WCHA Rookie of the Month for January.
The Lakers return home for their final regular-season series when they host Ferris State on Friday and Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.
Both games with Ferris State are scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The team's seniors will be honored with a ceremony on Saturday as part of Senior Night. Tickets may be purchased at the Norris Center Ticket Office or online. For additional ticket information, call (906) 635-2602.
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