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.
Friedman 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