Michigan Tech and Minnesota State head up WCHA award winners

Michigan Tech goalie Jamie Phillips carries a 3.52 GPA and will soon begin medical school in his native Canada (photo: Rachel Lewis).

The WCHA announced its year-end award winners on Thursday and also unveiled three All-WCHA Teams and an All-Rookie Team.

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan, who led the league in scoring during conference play, was named WCHA Player of Year and Scoring Champion. Minnesota State junior Casey Nelson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, while Ferris State forward Corey Mackin — the coaches’ preseason nod — earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Michigan Tech senior goaltender Jamie Phillips, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was named Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year. After leading the Huskies to a share of the league championship for the first time in 40 years, Michigan Tech bench boss Mel Pearson was recognized as Coach of the Year for the second time.

Minnesota State freshman Cole Huggins was also named Goaltending Champion, but was not named to an All-WCHA Team of the All-Rookie Team.

2015-16 First Team All-WCHA

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Alex PetanFSr.Michigan Tech
Teddy BluegerFSr.Minnesota State
Tyler MorleyFSr.Alaska
Casey NelsonDJr.Minnesota State
Mark FriedmanDSo.Bowling Green
Chris NellGSo.Bowling Green

2015-16 Second Team All-WCHA

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Gerald MayhewFJr.Ferris State
Darren NowickFSr.Northern Michigan
Dominik ShineFJr.Northern Michigan
Matt RoyDSo.Michigan Tech
Sean WalkerDJr.Bowling Green
Jamie PhillipsGSr.Michigan Tech

2015-16 Third Team All-WCHA

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Mark CooperFSr.Bowling Green
Bryce GervaisFSr.Minnesota State
Malcolm GouldFSr.Michigan Tech
Tyler HeinonenFJr.Michigan Tech
Brandon AnselminiDSr.Ferris State
Shane HannaDJr.Michigan Tech
Gordon DefielGSo.Lake Superior State

2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Player's NamePositionSchool
Corey MackinFFerris State
Max CoattaFMinnesota State
Jake LucchiniFMichigan Tech
Wyatt EgeDAlaska-Anchorage
Daniel BrickleyDMinnesota State
Atte TolvanenGNorthern Michigan


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