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McLain, McCormack take conference kudos

(McCormack photo courtesy BSU Photo Services)

One had a career weekend while the other set a school record and it grabbed the attention of the decision makers in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

The players in question are Langley Rivermen alum Mitch McLain of Bowling Green and former Nanaimo Clippers standout Graeme McCormack of Bemidji State. McLain had a personal-best four-point weekend in helping the Falcons to a sweep of Ferris State while McCormack established a program first for defencemen with four assists in one game, a 6-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville. The feats earned them the WCHA offensive player of the week and defensive player of the week respectively.

McLain picked up two assists in a 4-3 win Friday and followed that with a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-2 triumph. The sophomore has played all 36 games for BGSU this season and now has 6-6-12 after posting 10-10-20 as a freshman. With the Rivermen, McLain registered 38 goals and 54 assists for 92 points in 111 career games over two seasons. He captained Langley to the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy in 2014 as they had the league’s best regular-season record.

McCormack’s four assists came in Bemidji State’s 6-2 win Saturday over Alabama-Huntsville. He is the first BSU player to since 2005 to get four helpers in one game an the first blueliner to ever do that in program history. Now a senior at BSU, the Beavers’ captain has 6-14-20 in 34 games on the season. In three BCHL seasons with Victoria and Nanaimo, the Thunder Bay, Ont. native produced 31 goals and 92 assists in 157 career games. He was a BCHL All-Star in 2011 and 2012 with Nanaimo.