Bowling Green Highlights WCHA 2018-19 Mid-Season Awards

There’s been a lot of excitement through the first half of the WCHA Hockey season and with the semester break upon us, FloHockey dives into its mid-season award winners for the 2018-19 campaign.

Michigan Tech holds the top spot in the WCHA with a 9-2-1 conference record, but sitting just one point back is Bowling Green, who highlights the awards at the halfway point of the season.

Coach of the Year

Chris Bergeron | Bowling Green

While Bergeron’s team sits a single point back on Michigan Tech, the Falcons’ overall record of 13-3-3 is tops among WCHA teams. Bergeron is 120-73-28 during his ninth season with the Falcons, where he’s led the team to be among the best across the board.

The Falcons have the fifth-best winning percentage (.763), most goals by defensemen (33), second-longest unbeaten streak (6-0-1), second-best scoring margin (plus-1.95), and the list goes on. It’s NCAA Tournament or bust this year and should the Falcons stay true to their game, they’ll make noise come playoffs.

Rookie of the Year

Cooper Zech | Ferris State

Zech is becoming a household name as the freshman continues to carry play along with Nate Kallen. While the 4-13-1 Bulldogs have had a rough first half of the season, Zech is a massive bright spot. He continues to score at every level after being named the BCHL’s Defensemen of the Year in 2017-18.

His 15 points (3 G, 12 A) lead all WCHA freshmen and are second in NCAA freshmen defensive scoring. A modest minus-2 rating also shows he hasn’t been a problem in his own zone for a team with an overall minus-21 goal differential.

Offensive Player of the Year

Brandon Kruse | Bowling Green

The sophomore is just two goals and eight points shy from his freshman season last year, in 22 fewer games to date. Kruse leads the WCHA with 25 points (6 G, 19 A) in 19 games and has been on a roll for the blazing Falcons.

He had a goal and two assists in the team’s last series, a sweep of then No.-3 Minnesota State. His three-point series raised him to first in the NCAA for assists (19) and fourth in NCAA scoring, just four points back from leaders Evan Barratt and Alex Limoges.

Defensive Player of the Year

Alec Rauhauser | Bowling Green

After leading NCAA defensemen in scoring last season, Rauhauser has taken a slight step back offensively. He has remained steady in his own zone and is playing his way to a repeat as the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year.

The junior has 13 points (2 G, 11 A) through 19 games this season and his plus-10 rating is tied 14th among all defensemen and third among WCHA defensemen. He’s been an integral part of the Falcons during his college career and the team’s success has largely hinged on his own success.

Goaltender of the Year

Ryan Bednard | Bowling Green

Next category, next Falcon. Bednard holds an 11-2-2 record with a 1.72 GAA, .927 SV%, and two shutouts. The junior has improved across the board in each of this three season with the team and is cementing himself as the No. 1 goalie true contending teams need.

Bednard has played the second-most minutes of WCHA netminders this season (905:53) and has stayed consistent for each one of them. His 1.72 GAA is second, his .927 SV% is tied for first, and an .800 win percentage. 

Don’t miss these players in action when you can watch them and their WCHA counterparts live, right here on FloHockey, every weekend.

Have a question or a comment for Jacob Messing? You can find him on Twitter @Jacob_Messing.

IIHF World Championship Watch Guide

Tune in live for 30 games of the IIHF World Championships. Below is the list of games that will be live on FloHockey throughout the Championships.

Steve Yzerman And Ken Holland Face Different Roads In New Roles

A short Tampa Bay Lightning postseason sparked a fast start to the Detroit Red Wings offseason and trickled down to the Edmonton Oilers, as very different paths lay ahead for the three franchises.

Hughes With Big Test Ahead Against Kakko

The undeniable appeal of international sporting tournaments is the allure of Best vs Best. 

Czech Republic, Sweden Start IIHF With A Bang

Although it was only opening day of the 2019 IIHF World Championship, the Czech Republic and Team Sweden staged a battle worthy of the medal round. 

Everything You Need To Know About IIHF World Championships

The ultimate goal for European hockey players is the “Triple Crown”: the Stanley Cup; an Olympic Gold Medal, and an IIHF World Championship. 

Cale Makar Finally Closes Out Long Extended Season


It was the one element of Cale Makar’s game that he had returned to UMass to work on; the one-time shot. 

NHL Postseason Free Of Expectations, Full Of Storylines

In an ever-growing search for parity in the NHL, the excitement of the 2019 Playoffs has supported the authenticity of the “just get in” mentality, which has shredded postseason expectations.

Bratislava: The Host City Of IIHF World Championships

Bratislava, the host city of the 2019 World Championships, is international hockey’s answer to the American Rust Belt. 

FloSports To Air Select IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship Games

AUSTIN, Texas — May 9, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced its plans to provide live and on-demand coverage of thirty IIHF Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship Games airing exclusively on

Rangers Wasting No Time Reloading

The term “accelerated rebuild” has become a popular one in sports lately.