It’s still a charm: 3rd time this season Northern Michigan University’s Joey Larson is named top rookie in CCHA

With the referee at left signaling a good goal, Northern Michigan University's Joey Larson celebrates after he scored the Wildcats' only goal of the game after a beautiful assist from Kristof Papp in a CCHA hockey game played against Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Jan. 28. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

DEEPHAVEN, Minn. — Northern Michigan University hockey freshman Joey Larson earned his third CCHA Rookie of the Week honor this season for his efforts in the Wildcats’ home split against Lake Superior State last weekend.

Larson had two goals and an assist for three points, with a team-high eight shots on goal and plus-minus rating of even, according to a news release from the CCHA.

That included a goal and assist in NMU’s 4-2 defeat on Friday

and the game-winning goal in Northern’s 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Larson earned the same honor for the Oct. 1-2 weekend, a home split against Bowling Green State to start the season.

Like this past weekend, Larson had three points — though this time it was a goal and two assists — and eight shots on goal vs. BGSU.

He earned the league rookie honor again for the Wildcats’ Nov. 11-12 series, another home split but this time against Bemidji State, when he recorded a goal and assist.

Before his collegiate career even started, Larson was voted CCHA Preseason Rookie of the year by the league’s coaches.

Last season prior to coming to NMU, the Brighton native played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the U.S. Hockey League and had 32 goals and 34 assists in 61 regular-season games, along with four goals and 13 assists in nine playoff contests.

Larson was named Michigan’s Mr. Hockey in 2019 while playing with downstate Hartland High School, which won the MHSAA Division 2 state title that winter. Marquette Senior High School reached the semifinals in that division before losing to Trenton, which then lost to Hartland in the finals.

Larson had 60 goals and 48 assists for 108 points in 77 games over three years for Hartland.

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


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