Klimek Earns Second WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Award of the Season

Klimek Earns Second WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Award of the Season

EDINA, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey senior defenseman Jordan Klimek (Langley, British Columbia) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. It is the second weekly conference award for Klimek of the season and of his career.

Klimek garnered the award after recording two goals and two assists over the weekend with the Wildcats sweeping Ferris State University for the second time this season. NMU earned a 6-1 victory, scoring the most goals since October of 2016. Sunday, the Wildcats completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory.

In Friday's victory, Klimek scored a career-high two goals with a pair of scores in the second period for the Wildcats' third and fourth of the game. The goals were the first two of the season for Klimek, bringing his career total to three. An assist to sophomore defender Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) in the third period gave him a career-high for points with three on his eighth assist of the year.

Klimek added another assist on Saturday on the first goal of the game scored by sophomore forward Darien Craighead (Surrey, British Columbia). Craighead would go on to record his first career hat trick in the win.

After all WCHA series over the weekend, Klimek ended the league leader in goals and plus/minus (+4) among defenders, while he was tied for the most points.

For the season, the alternate captain has 10 points in 20 games with two goals and eight assists. All six of the alternate captain's points have come on assists. Klimek is plus-five when on the ice and is on-pace for a career-high in assist, points, and shots with 18 games left in the season. His two goals are already a career-high for Klimek.

It is the second weekly defensive award of the season for Klimek who earned his the first of his career two weeks ago after recording three assists versus the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Senior forward Robbie Payne (Gaylord, Michigan) has earned the offensive award twice in 2017-18, while sophomore goaltender Mathias Israelsson (Ytterby, Sweden) netted WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors after a win over then-No.9 Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

The Wildcats will head back on the road, traveling to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a pair of WCHA contests December 29 and 30. Both games are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m.