COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Western Michigan junior forward Paul Washe continues to clean up the weekly awards. One day after being named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Forward of the Week, Washe was tabbed the NCAA Second Star of the Week, as NCAA Hockey announced its first Stars of the Week for 2019-20 on Tuesday. This is Washe’s first career NCAA Star of the Week honor.
Washe (Clarkson, Mich.) had a career weekend last weekend, totaling five points to help Western Michigan earn five of six points at Colorado College in its NCHC-opening series. He notched multiple points in both games against the Tigers, finishing the series with two goals, three assists, 10 shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus. In addition, Washe won 33-of-44 faceoffs (.750) on the weekend, which led the NCAA, and blocked four shots.
In last Friday’s 6-3 comeback win at CC, Washe tallied a career-high three points, having a hand in WMU’s final three goals to earn the victory. He scored the game-winning goal in the third period to break a 3-3 tie, then added a pair of assists over the final seven minutes of the contest. Washe was named Third Star of the Game Friday, when he put five shots on goal and was +1.
A night later, Washe scored the game’s first goal early in the contest, then again helped WMU rally, setting up the game-tying extra-attacker goal with only 24 seconds left in regulation to force a 4-4 overtime tie. He again fired five shots on goal Saturday and was +2.
Washe’s five points on the weekend tied for second among all NCAA players last week. He more than doubled his season point total against Colorado College, as he now has four goals and five assists for nine points on the season.
Princeton sophomore forward Corey Andonovski was selected NCAA First Star of the Week on Tuesday, while Massachusetts junior forward John Leonard garnered Third Star of the Week. Each Tuesday going forward, the NCAA will announce its Three Stars of the Week in NCAA men’s hockey. Last season, nine NCHC players earned an NCAA Star of the Week.
Washe and the Broncos are back in action this weekend with a home-and-home series against in-state rival Ferris State. Friday’s game is in Kalamazoo, while Saturday the teams make the short trek to Big Rapids, Mich. to complete the series.