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NAHL Alumni Update

January 28, 2015

Former Wichita Wildcats forward Dennis Kravchenko was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week.

Another week and another slew of awards that were handed out to those that formerly played in the NAHL.  Once again, it included those in the NCAA, as well as, some more that are now in the professional ranks.
Here is a look at some of those former NAHL players that were honored this past week:
ECAC Player and Goaltender of the Week: Greg Lewis, Clarkson University
Lewis was perfect in two games, backstopping Clarkson to a four-point weekend, becoming the first Clarkson goaltender to record shutouts in consecutive games in 15 years. He made 25 saves in Saturday’s 1-0 win over No. 13 Yale after blanking Brown on 27 stops, including a penalty-shot save in Friday’s 6-0 victory. His current shutout streak stands at 147:45. Making his third and fourth starts of the season Lewis posted two consecutive shutouts over the weekend, helping the Golden Knights open a five-game home stand with a perfect 2-0-0 mark. He stopped a total of 52 shots on the weekend in league wins over Brown and Yale. For the season, Lewis is 3-0-0 with a save percentage of .944 and a 1.51 goals-against average. Lewis played two seasons in the NAHL from 2010-12, primarily with the Wenatchee Wild and also spending time with the Amarillo Bulls.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Bontje, Robert Morris
The freshman defenseman blocked five shots during a weekend sweep of Holy Cross. He was a plus-2 during the series as well, boosting his team-best rating to plus-16. Bontje spent the entire 2013-14 season playing for the Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL, where he had five points in 41 games played.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Dennis Kravchenko, UMass
Kravchenko registered two goals, one assist, and four blocked shots in UMass' three-point weekend against No. 14 Merrimack. Saturday night, he buried the game-winning goal and earned first star honors in a 4-1 win for the Minutemen. Kravchenko spent a significant portion of the 2011-12 season playing for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL where he had 18 points in 30 games during his rookie season.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State University
Bitzer earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors after backstopping Bemidji State to a pair of wins and the North Star College Cup championship at the Xcel Energy Center. The freshman from Moorhead, Minn. allowed just one goal in 120 minutes of play against a pair of top-10 opponents, stopping 54-of-55 shots faced for a .982 save percentage. Bitzer collected a career-high 28 saves in a 4-0 shutout over No. 7 Minnesota Duluth in the opener, before posting 26 saves in the 3-1, Championship Game victory over No. 1 Minnesota State. During the 2011-12 season, Bitzer played in the NAHL for the then Alexandria Blizzard.
Mac Carruth of the Indy Fuel is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 19-25. Carruth went 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .974 last week, helping the Fuel extend their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). The 22-year-old turned aside all 26 shots he faced in a 1-0 win at Gwinnett on Monday, made 21 saves in a 4-1 victory against Allen on Friday and stopped 27 shots in a 4-1 win over Evansville on Saturday. A native of Jackson, Wyo., Carruth has appeared in 20 games for Indy this season posting a record of 6-9-4 with one shutout, a 2.69 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. He has also won both of his appearances with Rockford of the American Hockey League this season. Under a National Hockey League contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, Carruth has appeared in 52 career ECHL games with Indy, Florida and Toledo with an overall record of 16-28-3 with three shutouts, a 3.10 goals-against average and a save percentage of .897. Carruth spent two seasons playing in the NAHL with the Wenatchee Wild from 2008-10.
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Jake Hauswirth of the Louisiana IceGators is the Easton Player of the Week for January 19-25. Hauswirth scored two goals, including one game-winner, and assisted on two others as the IceGators took a pair of games from Huntsville. On Friday, the Marquette, Michigan native scored a first-period goal and added the eventual game-winner in the second as Louisiana doubled-up the Havoc 4-2.  Hauswirth added an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Huntsville, extending his point streak to eight games (8-4-12 during the streak). Though only joining the IceGators on December 22, Hauswirth is currently second on the team in goals, netting 10 in 14 games.  Now in his sixth professional season, Hauswirth played 16 games with the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush this year before joining the IceGators. Hauswirth spent the 2006-07 season playing in the NAHL for the Marquette Rangers, where he recorded 40 points in 55 games played.
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