EDINA, Minn. — On the strength of his six-point weekend, Northern Michigan's Robbie Payne captured his first career WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Payne recorded three goals and three assists during the Wildcats' series against Wisconsin at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday, the Gaylord, Mich. native became the first Wildcat in 10 years to have a five-point night, notching two shorthanded goals and three assists.
Payne also tied a Northern Michigan school record with his two shorthanded tallies. Only six Wildcats have netted that number in one game, with J.P. Vigier being the last at Michigan Tech on Oct. 9, 1999.
Two of the junior left wing's plays were highlight reel worthy. He set up Darien Craighead's first career strike by corralling a loose puck on his knees and sliding it through traffic. Just over two minutes later, he scored his second shorthanded goal after disrupting a Badger breakout and pulling Matt Jurusik out of the net with a fake for a tap-in goal.
In Friday's 3-2 victory, Payne notched the Wildcats' second goal on a power play.
Payne is currently tied for first in the WCHA in goals, points and plus/minus. Nationally, he is first in shorthanded goals, tied for fourth in points and tied for fifth in goals.
Entering Saturday's game, Payne had only four multi-point outings to his name, with his career best total coming on a hat trick against Lake Superior State on Oct. 16, 2015.
Payne will ride a four-game point streak dating back to the first game of the 2015 WCHA quarterfinals into this weekend's series against Bemidji State at the Berry Events Center. Over that stretch, he has recorded eight points (4g-4a).