Hampus Eriksson and Jacob Nordqvist Receive WCHA Player of the Week Honors

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Hampus Eriksson and Jacob Nordqvist have each received Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Week honors as announced by conference officials on Monday, February 22. Eriksson has been named WCHA Forward of the Week and Nordqvist has been named WCHA Defenseman of the Week.

In the last week, the Lakers have posted three straight wins including a 3-1 win over then-ranked No. 18 Michigan Tech and a home sweep over the Alabama Huntsville Chargers. 

Forward of the Week: Hampus Eriksson 

Lake Superior State senior forward Hampus Eriksson led the Lakers to three consecutive wins this week as the Lakers earned a 3-1 road win at No. 18 Michigan Tech and a home sweep against Alabama Huntsville. Eriksson posted at least a point in each of the three games, starting with an assist in the Lakers game against the Huskies. In Friday’s 2-1 win against Alabama Huntsville, the senior forward recorded the primary assist on the game tying goal. Eriksson posted two points in Saturday’s 4-1 win including the game winning goal as well as the primary assist on the Lakers third goal. The Forsbacka, Sweden native was tied for first in points and assists among all WCHA skaters this week.  Eriksson’s final point this weekend, marked the 60th point of his collegiate career as the senior forward is currently riding a four-game point streak. 

 Defenseman of the Week: Jacob Nordqvist 

Lake Superior State junior defenseman Jacob Nordqvist led the Lakers to three straight wins this week as the Lakers posted a 3-1 road win at No. 18 Michigan Tech and followed with a home sweep against Alabama Huntsville. Nordqvist tallied an assist in the Lakers win against the Huskies on Tuesday. The junior defenseman led the Lakers to a 2-1 win over the Chargers on Friday night with his first multi-point game of the season and the eighth of his career. Nordqvist tallied the game’s tying goal in the third period and recorded the secondary assist on the game winning goal that was scored with under 10 seconds left in regulation. The Gothenburg, Sweden native led all defensemen in the WCHA in points this week and the Lakers hold a 7-1-1 record this season when Nordqvist registers a point.  

The Lakers will resume play tomorrow afternoon at 2:07 p.m. in the second game of a WCHA series against Michigan Tech at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. The first game of the series was played last Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Even though spectators cannot currently attend Laker games, there are still a number of ways that fans will be able to follow the game action. All Laker home games, and away games against WCHA opponents during the 2020-21 season will be available to watch live on FloHockey, the WCHA’s streaming partner. For more information or to sign up for a subscription, visit https:/www.flohockey.tv. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on 99.5 Yes FM, the official radio station of Laker hockey.

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