'Backs alum Hanna snags WCHA weekly rookie honours for Huskies
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Submitted by BCHL Media/WCHA
Now 16 games into his freshman NCAA season with the Michigan Tech Huskies, 2013 BCHL Interior Conference all-star Shane Hanna is starting to get the hang of things in the college game.
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks grad was named rookie of the week in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) after scoring his first two NCAA goals and adding an assist in a Huskies sweep of the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
With his team trailing 1-0 last Friday, Hanna netted his first collegiate goal at 0:58 of the second period to tie the score before assisting on a go-ahead tally by teammate (and Coquitlam Express alum) Alex Petan at 4:49 as the Huskies took game one 3-2.
Then in the series finale on Saturday, Hanna broke up a scoreless tie with a power-play goal at 0:26 of the second period to give MTU a 1-0 lead en route to the 2-1 win. In addition, Hanna put seven shots on goal in the series and earned a +1 plus/minus rating as Tech killed all six Alaska power-plays and won twice despite being outshot in both games.
In two full BCHL seasons spent mostly with Salmon Arm, Hanna tallied 15 goals and 60 assists in 108 games. Last season, he led all BCHL defencemen in goals (12) and points (51).
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