Northern Michigan University’s Jordan Klimek earns 2nd WCHA weekly award in 3 weeks

Northern Michigan University’s Jordan Klimek, right, passes to a teammate as Lake Superior State Universit’s Diego Cuglietta attempts to get back in the play on Oct. 7 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University senior defenseman Jordan Klimek won his second WCHA weekly award in three weeks when he was named Defensive Player of the Week following the Wildcats’ home sweep of Ferris State last weekend.

The only weekly awards he’s won in his collegiate career, Klimek totaled two goals and two assists in 6-1 and 4-2 victories for NMU’s second sweep of the season, both coming against Ferris.

The six goals in the opener were the most by a Northern team in a game since October 2016.

In that game, Klimek scored a career-high two goals, both in the second period and his first two of the season. They give him three during his NMU career.

He also assisted on a third-period goal by sophomore defender Philip Beaulieu for a career-high three points in a game.

Jordan Klimek

Klimek rounded out his weekend points with an assist, his eighth this season, on the first goal of Saturday’s game scored by sophomore forward Darien Craighead, the start of his three-goal hat trick that night.

Klimek was the WCHA defensemen leader in goals and plus-minus at plus-4 and tied for most points for the weekend.

The Wildcats’ alternate captain has 10 points in 20 games this season and is plus-5 in plus-minus. Not only does he have his most goals already in a season, Klimek is on pace for career highs in assists, points and shots with 18 games left in the regular season.

Two weeks ago, Klimek earned the same league award for a three-assist weekend in NMU’s home split vs. Alabama-Huntsville.

Senior teammate Robbie Payne has also won two WCHA weekly awards this season, while sophomore goalie Mathias Israelsson won it once for five total of these awards in NMU’s 10 weekends of games this season.

Northern, which improved to 8-4-2 in the league and 10-8-2 overall, is off this weekend before traveling to Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30. The Wildcats split at home against the then-No. 9 Mavericks on Nov. 3-4, when Israelsson won his weekly award.

The following weekend, NMU travels to Las Vegas to play in the Ice Vegas Invitational, opening against Arizona State at 11:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 5, before taking on either Michigan Tech or Boston College the following day.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.