NAHL Alumni Update
January 22, 2015
It was another big week for NAHL alumni earning weekly honors in both the NCAA and the professional ranks. Here is a look at some of those who stood out and continued their success at the next level. To date, over 100 NAHL players have made NCAA Division I commitments during the 2014-15 season.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Cody Wydo, Robert Morris
Wydo became the most prolific scorer in program history with a six-point weekend (3g, 3a) against American International. Wydo netted his fifth career hat trick (and second of the season) and added two assists in RMU's 9-4 win Saturday. Along with taking over the AHC scoring lead with 32 points (14g, 18a), the Michigan native grabbed the RMU career points record with 139, surpassing Nathan Longpre. Wydo played two seasons in the NAHL from 2009-11 for the Motor City Metal Jackets and was named Forward of the Year in 2010-11
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Keegan Asmundson, Canisius
Asmundson anchored a strong Canisius defense as the Griffs took 3-of-4 against Bentley during the weekend. The senior posted a 0.96 goals against average and .963 save percentage. Asmundson stopped 34 shots in Friday’s 2-2 draw before responding with 18 saves in his first shutout of the season. Asmundson played in the NAHL for the Austin Bruins and the North Iowa Outlaws from 2008-11.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Connor Girard, Air Force
Starting goalie Chris Truehl (also an NAHL grad) was out with injury, so Girard found out he was starting during warmups. In his first career start, stopped 25 of 26 shots to lead Air Force to a 3-1 win over service academy and league rival Army, making a career high 25 saves. Girard played in the NAHL for the Springfield Jr. Blues during the 2011-12 season and for the Brookings Blizzard during the 2013-14 season.
NCHC Offensive Player of the Week: Colton Hargrove, Western Michigan
Hargrove played a big role in WMU earning five points in its series at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, scoring three goals and adding an assist on the weekend. In Friday’s overtime tie, the Bruins prospect scored the first goal of the game in the first period to put the Broncos in front and had a +1 rating. The next night, Hargrove compiled a career-high three points to power WMU to a 4-2 win. He had the primary assist on the game’s first goal, which came on the power play, while he then scored the game’s final two goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. His first goal was the game-winner, which came unassisted midway through the period, while he sealed the win with an empty-net goal, earning him first star of the game honors. He finished the weekend with a +2 rating while extending his goal-scoring streak to five games. Hargrove played in the NAHL during the 2009-10 season for the St. Louis Bandits.
Big 10 Hockey Second Star: David Goodwin, Penn State
Goodwin led Penn State to a four-point weekend in a series against Michigan State and scored the game-tying goal on Friday. He netted the game-winning goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-2 victory. He has scored goals in four consecutive games, tallying eight points in that stretch. This is his second career weekly award and first of the season. Goodwin played in the NAHL during the 2009-10 season for the St. Louis Bandits.
Ryan Faragher of the Utah Grizzlies is the CCM?ECHL?Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 12-18. Faragher went 3-0-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a save percentage of .931 in four appearances last week. The 24-year-old made 29 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss at Idaho on?Tuesday, stopped 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout win against the Steelheads on?Wednesday, had 36 saves in a 5-2 victory at Bakersfield on Friday and turned aside 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over the Condors on Saturday. A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, Faragher has appeared in 21 games with the?Grizzlies this season posting a record of 10-6-3 with one shutout while ranking second among rookie goaltenders with a 2.61 goals-against average. Under a National Hockey League contract with the Anaheim Ducks, Faragher played the last three seasons at St. Cloud State University, appearing in 98 games with an overall record of 53-34-8 with five shutouts, a 2.58 goals-against aerage and a save percentage of .911. Faragher played for the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, winning a Robertson Cup with Bismarck in 2010.
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Leo Thomas of the Mississippi RiverKings is the Easton Player of the Week for January 12-18. Thomas scored three goals, including one game-winner, assisted on four others and was +5 as he led the RiverKings to three wins last week. Though currently in sixth place, the RiverKings moved to within six points of first in the SPHL standings with the wins. On Friday, the Toronto, Ontario native scored once and added an assist in a 5-3 win over Fayetteville. Thomas doubled his output the following night, scoring two goals, including the overtime game-winner, and assisting on two others as Mississippi defeated the FireAntz 6-5 on Saturday. Thomas closed out his weekend with an assist in a 2-1 win over Huntsville. Now in his 12th professional season and second with the RiverKings, Thomas is second in team scoring with 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 games. Thomas began his professional career in 2003-04 with the United Hockey League’s Flint Generals and led the Fort Wayne Komets to the International Hockey League championship in 2009-10. Thomas played in the NAHL for two seasons from 2000-02, both for the Capital Centre Pride.