Tuomas Tarkki Named CCHA Player Of The Year
DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Wednesday night at theCCHA Awards at the Fox Theatre, Tuomas Tarkki picked up two major awards asteammate Nathan Oystrick picked up one honor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki took home the CCHA BestGoaltender Award and was named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Year.He also picked up the Perani Cup Team Champion Award for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick wasnamed the CCHAÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Best Defensive Defenseman.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Also honored were the Scholar-Athletes of the Year whichAlan Swanson was nominated, the CCHA All-Rookie Team which had NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s MikeSantorelli and the CCHA All-Conference First Team which had Tarkki and Oystrickon the squad.
NMU has had three players honored as the CCHA Player of theYear.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Don Waddell won the award for the 1977-78 season, Steve Weeks was nextin 1979-80 and Jeff Pyle won it for 1980-81.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki led all CCHA goaltendersin both conference (16-4-2;1.81;.936) and overall games (20-7-5;1.97;.933).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Heis on track to set new NMU records for goals-against average and savepercentage for a season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In CCHA action, Tarkki tied a NMU record forgoals-against average and set a new mark for save percentage for conferenceaction for a season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Former ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat, Jeff Poeschl was named the top goaltenderfor the CCHA for the 1980-81 season.
Oystrick is the first ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat to be honored with the CCHA BestDefensive Defenseman.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was a leader of a unit that led the CCHA inconference (2.04 gpg) and overall (2.18 gpg) team defense.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats gave up57 goals in CCHA games and 85 overall for the 2004-05 season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMU penaltykill unit was second in the CCHA (.887 percent) and third overall in theconference (.843 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oystrick is tied for fourth overall (+23) inplus/minus for the CCHA.