Friedman, Nell named to All-WCHA first-team; Walker, Cooper also honored

By March 10, 2016 Other News
Bowling Green's Mark Friedman (above) skates the puck against Alaska-Anchorage earlier this season, while Chris Nell (below) makes a save against Alabama-Huntsville (Photos by Todd Pavlack/

EDINA, Minn. — Bowling Green sophomore defenseman Mark Friedman and sophomore goalie Chris Nell were first-team selections on the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team announced Thursday.

They’re first two BG players to be named first-team all-league since the 2003-04 season when goalie Jordan Sigalet earned the honor in the now-defunct Central Collegiate Hockey Association.


It also is the first time since the 1994-95 season BG had two first-team all-league picks, that also coming in the CCHA.

Two other Falcons were named to the WCHA all-league teams — junior defenseman Sean Walker was a second-team selection and senior forward Mark Cooper was a third-team pick.

11.20.15 vs UAH-9044Friedman finished in a three-way tie for second in defensemen scoring overall. He had 20 points in 38 games, totaling four goals and 16 assists to go along with a +6 on-ice rating.

In league games only, Friedman was first in defense scoring with 19 points. He had four goals and 15 assists in 28 games, and an on-ice rating of +3.

Nell is second overall in the WCHA with a 1.85 goals-against average and first with a .930 save percentage in 33 games. He has a 16-9-6 record, including four shutouts.

In 27 league games, Nell is fourth in the WCHA with a 1.91 goals-against and fifth with a .927 save percentage. His record is record is 15-6-5, including two shutouts.

Walker was the WCHA’s top-scoring defensemen overall. He had four goals and 17 assists in 38 games for 21 points. He also has an on-ice rating of +11.

In league games only, Walker was second with 18 points. He had three goals, 15 assists and on-ice rating of plus +11 in 28 games.

Cooper is tied for sixth in the league in overall scoring with 28 points, totaling 14 goals and 14 assists in 38 games. His on-ice rating is +12.

In league games only, Cooper is sixth with 23 points. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 28 games, with a +11 on-ice rating.

The four are the Falcons’ first all-league players since the 2012-13 season when defenseman Bobby Shea and forward Ryan Carpenter were second-team All-CCHA.

It’s also the first time BG had four players honored as all-league since the 1986-87 season in the CCHA.

The teams were selected by a vote of league coaches

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