NAHL Alumni Update
March 11, 2015
As NCAA teams wrap up their regular seasons and enter their respective conference tournaments, another slew of NAHL alumni took some weekly awards this past week. Here is a look at the winners:
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Tayler Munson, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Munson led the Nanooks with three points and a +3 rating over the weekend, as Alaska clinched the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup with a road sweep at Alaska Anchorage. Munson scored the game-winning and lone goal in Alaska's 1-0 win on Friday and scored the first on Saturday, a shorthanded tally. The freshman from Fairbanks also assisted on Alaska's second goal in an eventual 3-2 Nanooks win. Munson has a long and successful career in the NAHL with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from 2009-14. In 194 career NAHL regular season games, Munson recorded 158 points.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Tyler Ledford, Air Force
Had five points to help lead Air Force to a sweep of AIC in the first round of the AHA playoffs, March 6-7, In the first game, had two assists and was a +1 ... In the second game, he had a career high three assists, including two first assists, in the 10-3 win ... Was a +3 in the series. Ledford played the past two seasons (2012-14) in the NAHL for the Wichita Falls Wildcats, recording 75 points in 118 career regular season games.
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Rasmus Tirronen, Merrimack College
Tirronen turned away 99 of the 102 shots he faced in the Hockey East Opening Round against Northeastern, good for a .971 save percentage and 1.14 goals against average over 158:06 of work. In Saturday night's double overtime game, he denied a career-high 63 saves, 30 of which came in both overtime periods, to help the Warriors advance to the quarterfinals. Tirronen played the entire 2010-11 season with the Topeka RoadRunners in the NAHL.
Big 10 #2 Star: David Goodwin, Penn State
Tallied five points to help guide the Nittany Lions to a weekend sweep of nationally ranked Michigan. Goodwin scored in the first period to give Penn State a 2-0 lead on Friday night, then he recorded points on all four Nittany Lion goals on Saturday, tallying one goal and three assists in the 4-3 victory. He extended his point streak to four games, notching nine points over that stretch (two goals, seven assists). This is his third career weekly award and second of the season. Goodwin played in the NAHL for the St. Louis Bandits during the 2009-10 season.
Hockey East Co-Player of the Week: Brendan Bradley, University of Vermont
Bradley registered five points (2g, 3a) in the Hockey East Opening Round against Maine. During his three-point game on Friday Night, the sophomore forward notched the game-winning goal for the Catamounts. Bradley played in the NAHL during the entire 2011-12 season for the Fresno Monsters, recording 49 points in 50 games played.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Cal Petersen, Notre Dame
Petersen is recognized for his fifth consecutive Hockey East weekly honor after setting an NCAA Division I record with 87 saves in the longest college hockey game ever Friday night and shutting out UMass on Sunday to help Notre Dame eliminate UMass in the Hockey East Opening Round. He played the equivalent of 4.5 games over a 50-hour span, denying 132 saves on 139 shots for a .950 save percentage and a 1.61 goals against average. Petersen played in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season for the Topeka RoadRunners.
NCHC Offensive Player of the Week: Austin Czarnik, Miami University
Czarnik tallied a four-point weekend to lead Miami to a split against top-ranked North Dakota. After being held scoreless on Friday, the team captain exploded for four points on Senior Night, including his first career hat trick, to power Miami to a 6-3 victory. Two of Czarnik’s three goals came short-handed, while he also added an assist and posted a plus-4 rating in the win. He scored Miami’s first two goals of the game Saturday, first tying the game and then putting the RedHawks in front short-handed. Czarnik then capped his hat trick with an unassisted short-handed tally late in the second period, which turned out to be the game-winning goal as well, as that put Miami up, 4-2. Czarnik capped his career night with the primary assist on Miami’s fifth goal to restore a two-goal lead. He put six shots on goal Saturday and was named the game’s first star. Czanik played in the NAHL for the USNTDP 18-Team during the 2008-09 season.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Lukas Hafner, Western Michigan
Hafner was stellar in his only appearance of the weekend, pitching a shutout against No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth Saturday in a 3-0 Bronco victory. He stopped all 18 shots that came his way to lead WMU to its first shutout of the season and first since Dec. 28, 2013. It was Hafner’s third career shutout. Of his 18 saves, 15 came over the final two periods as the Bulldogs picked up the pressure in a one-goal game. Hafner also stopped seven shots on UMD’s power plays as he helped the Broncos go 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. He was named the game’s second star Saturday while earning his 11th win of the season in net. Hafner finished the weekend with a 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 goals-against average. Hafner played in the NAHL during the 2009-10 season for the Marquette Rangers.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: CJ Motte, Ferris State University
Motte had a big weekend and reached an impressive career milestone as Ferris State swept Lake Superior State on the road to secure the fifth seed for the upcoming WCHA playoffs. Motte posted back-to-back wins and became the school's all-time winningest goaltender with Saturday's victory, surpassing former FSU All-American Mike Brown's all-time mark by winning his 64th career game. The senior from St. Clair, Mich. made 22 saves on Friday night and did not give up a goal in the final 56-plus minutes as FSU topped LSSU by a 4-1 score. The Bulldogs' captain then came back in Saturday's regular-season to finish with 24 saves while recording his active NCAA career-leading 15th shutout in a 3-0 triumph. During the 2008-09 season, Motte played in the NAHL for the Traverse City North Stars.