Northern Michigan's Payne, Tolvanen Receive WCHA Weekly Honors

Northern Michigan's Payne, Tolvanen Receive WCHA Weekly Honors

EDINA, Minn. — Northern Michigan's Robbie Payne and Atte Tolvanen received Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly accolades, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

For leading the Wildcats to their third-straight sweep of a WCHA opponent on Feb. 10-11, Payne was named the Offensive Player of the Week while Tolvanen garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time in four weeks.

Tolvanen made history last weekend in Marquette, tying the NCAA men's record by running his shutout streak to five games. He stopped all 87 shots he faced during Northern Michigan's series with Alaska-Fairbanks, including a career-best 48 in his record-tying effort on Saturday.

Tolvanen, who broke the WCHA men's record for consecutive scoreless minutes on Friday and the record for consecutive shutouts on Saturday, has now held his opponent off the board for 335:39 minutes by making 215-consecutive saves.

During games played from Feb. 6 to 13, Tolvanen led the nation in shutouts, saves and goals against average.

Payne netted four of the Wildcats' five goals during their series with the Nanooks. In Friday's 3-0 victory, he found the back of the net in the second and third frames. On Saturday, he scored two goals in a four-minute window during the second period to help lift Northern Michigan to a 2-0 win.

Payne tied Harvard's Ryan Donato for the national lead in goals during games played from Feb. 6 to 13. He was the only Division I skater to have two multi-goal games during that stretch. It was also the first time in his collegiate career he had multi-goal outings in back-to-back games.

Payne was also among the WCHA leaders in points (t-1st, 4), plus/minus rating (t-2nd, +3) and shots on goal (t-2nd, 9). Among WCHA skaters who took at least four shots on target, he was the leader in goals per shots on goal (.444).

During the Wildcats' six-game winning streak, Payne has recorded nine points (7g-2a). Over that span, he had three multi-point outings and was only held off the scoresheet once.

Tolvanen was previously honored as the Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 6 and on Jan. 23. Payne was previously tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10.

Payne, Tolvanen and the Wildcats will take on Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

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