College Hockey: Pohlkamp WCHA Player of Month for March
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio--After posting a 2.0 points per game average with 10 points in five Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff games, senior Matt Pohlkamp of Bowling Green State University has been named WCHA Player of the Month for March.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-After posting a 2.0 points per game average with 10 points in five Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff games, senior Matt Pohlkamp of Bowling Green State University has been named WCHA Player of the Month for March.
On March 3, the senior forward from Baxter fueled the Falcons' 6-1 scoring spree with a 4-point performance, giving Bowling Green a game up in the best-of-three series against Ferris State. The 4-point night tied his career high and was a season best for the senior. He followed with a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-3 win to seal the weekend sweep of the Bulldogs and a 6-point weekend for Pohlkamp.
In the WCHA semifinals, Pohlkamp tied the game at 2-2 at Bemidji State just 32 seconds into the third period, and the teams headed to overtime. When the Falcons were down 1-0, Pohlkamp tallied the assist on Kevin Dufour's game-tying goal, giving Pohlkamp a 2-point night in the 4-3 overtime win.
To round out the sweep of Bemidji State on Saturday, Pohlkamp scored the game-winning goal in the third period to propel the Falcons to its first conference championship appearance since 1988.
Heading into the WCHA Championship, the Falcons were on a 7-game win streak, while Pohlkamp posted nine points in the last four WCHA playoff games. Midway through the third period of the WCHA Championship, the Falcons trailed 2-0 until Joe McKeown scored to make it a 1-goal game. Just 24 seconds later, Pohlkamp struck to tie up the game 2-2. His goal ultimately forced double overtime before the game was decided.
A 2-way player, Pohlkamp also tallied eight blocked shots through the five games of March in addition to averaging 3.80 shots per game. He led the Falcons through the WCHA playoffs with his 2.00 points per game average and five goals.
Additionally, Pohlkamp topped the Falcons with a plus-8 rating on the ice during March.
Pohlkamp was awarded WCHA Player of the Week March 6 after the 6-point series against Ferris State. It was the first weekly honor in his career, leading to his first player of the month accolade.
At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season for the Falcons, Pohlkamp signed a professional contract is currently playing for the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). Pohlkamp has totaled one goal and two assists through six games played and a plus-2 rating on the ice.