Bowling Green’s Mark Friedman is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s defensive player of the week, the league announced Monday.
The sophomore defenseman had two goals and one assist, and an on-ice rating of plus 3 in the Falcons’ 2-1, 4-3 (overtime) sweep of Northern Michigan in the Ice Arena.
Friedman had a goal in each game, his first two goals of the season, and assisted on Mitch McLain’s short-handed overtime goal.
The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder also had four shots on goal and three blocked shots in the series. He helped the Falcon penalty-killing hold NMU scoreless on all five of its power-play attempts. NMU had just 33 shots on goal in the series.
Friedman, a third-round NHL draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, is tied for second on the team in points. He has nine points in 15 games on two goals and a team-best seven assists.
He had two goals and 17 assists, and an on-ice rating of plus 7 in 39 games as a freshman last season. He was named to the WCHA’s all-rookie team.
His on-ice rating of plus 5 is tied for second on the team. He leads the team with 42 shots on goal and 26 blocked shots.