Trio of California natives pick up weekly NCAA conference honors
Three California products have earned weekly awards from their respective NCAA Division I conferences this week.
Vincent de Mey (Los Angeles/Northern Michigan University) was named the WCHA Forward of the Week, forward Andre Ghantous (Glendale/Northern Michigan) picked up WCHA Rookie of the Week laurels and forward Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek/Michigan State University) was tabbed the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week.
de Mey, a Los Angeles Jr. Kings grad, continued his hot start with a career-best three-point night on Friday in the Wildcats’ come-from-behind overtime tie with St. Cloud State University. He then added an assist Saturday night to bring the team within one halfway through the third period. His four-point weekend (goal, three assists) was a personal best and led all WCHA skaters.
This is the third WCHA Player of the Week honor of de Mey’s career, all of which have come in this season’s first six weeks.
Ghantous, who played for the LA Selects and Anaheim Jr. Ducks, led the Wildcats back from a 3-0 third period deficit with a pair of power-play goals as the Wildcats rallied to earn a 3-3 tie with visiting St. Cloud State. He added his third goal of the weekend in Saturday’s contest with the Huskies to share the WCHA lead in weekend goals and tie for third nationally. He is now on a six-game point streak (six goals, assist) and has tallied five goals in his last four outings.
This is Ghantous’ first career WCHA weekly award.
Khodorenko, who also skated for the Selects, led the Spartans to a weekend split at No. 6 Penn State with a four-point effort. He netted the game-winner in the 2-0 win on Friday before scoring twice and adding a helper on Saturday, extending his point streak to a career-best five games.
This is his second career weekly award.
Top Khodorenko photo/Matthew Mitchell/Michigan State Athletics
(Nov. 12, 2019)