NAHL Alumni Update
October 22, 2015
Former Lone Star Brahmas goalie Jake Kupsky was named as the ECAC Goaltender of the Week in his first weekend playing NCAA Division I hockey.
Now that the NHL and NCAA are in full swing, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) will continue its weekly Alumni Report feature.
The alumni report will focus on all those former NAHL players who are doing great things at both the professional hockey and NCAA levels.
With close to 100 former players in the NAHL and over 600+ NAHL alumni playing in the NCAA, there will be plenty to discuss this season.
With that said, here is a look at some of the standouts this week:
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Blomquist, Bentley University (Coulee Region Chill)
Blomquist had four assists and was +2 in a sweep of Northeastern. He had two assists in each game. In Saturday's 4-1 win, he assisted on Will Suter's goal to make it 2-0 in the 1st period, which went down as the game-winning goal. He also had the primary assist on Andrew Gladiuk's power goal in the 2nd period to make it 3-0. He assisted on both of Gladiuk's power play goals in Friday's 3-2 win. Blomquist played three seasons and 165 games in the NAHL for the Coulee Region Chill organization.
Hockey East Player of the Week: Dennis Kravchenko, UMass (Wichita Falls Wildcats)
Tied for the national lead in scoring with eight points, Kravchenko turned in his second four-point outing of 2015-16 with a hat trick and one assist against Sacred Heart. He potted the game-winner and helped the Minutemen to their first 3-0-0 start since 2009-10. He also won 10 of 16 faceoffs in the game. Kravchenko played in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season for the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
ECAC Player & Rookie of the Week: Thomas Aldworth, Quinnipiac University (Lone Star Brahmas)
Aldworth led the Bobcats in their only match-up of the week - a 5-0 win against Arizona State - with two goals and an assist. Aldworth's two goals and three points led all ECAC Hockey freshmen while he was just one of eight Div. I freshmen with a multiple-goal game last week. Aldworth has now posted back-to-back three-point games. Aldworth played in the NAHL during the 2013-14 season for the Lone Star Brahmas.
ECAC Goaltender of the Week: Jake Kupsky, Union College (Lone Star Brahmas)
Making his college debut, Kupsky was stellar in net, stopping all 26 shots by Maine to earn his first-career win and first-career shutout. He helped the Dutchmen extend their unbeaten streak to four games to open the season (2-0-2). During the stretch Union has only surrendered five total goals (1.25 per game), which ranks as the nation’s fifth-best defensive squad. Kupsky played last season for the Lone Star Brahmas leading them to the South Division regular season and playoff titles.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Tayler Munson, Alaska-Fairbanks (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Playing in his hometown, Munson led all NCAA Division I players last week and set a Brice Alaska Goal Rush record with six points (4g, 2a) to lead host Alaska to a pair of wins and the tournament title. The tournament MVP, whose four goals tied for the national lead, had identical two-goal, one-assist lines in both games, twice sparking UAF comebacks from 2-0, second-period deficits. Trailing by that score Friday to American International, the sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska scored at the 3:36 mark of the second period and added a power-play tally at 10:24 to draw the Nanooks even in an eventual 7-2 victory. Saturday night against RPI, Munson scored at 5:30 of the second period to get UAF on the board, collected the secondary assist on the game-winning, third-period goal and added a short-handed, empty-net strike to seal a 4-2 Nanooks win. Munson played in 194 career NAHL games, all for the Ice Dogs.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Wyatt Ege, Alaska-Anchorage (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Ege's third-period heroics lifted Alaska Anchorage to a 4-3 victory over Rensselaer on Friday, as the rookie defenseman scored the game-tying and game-winning goals. The freshman from Elk River, Minn. drew the Seawolves even at the 7:12 mark of the final stanza with his first career power-play goal, before netting the game-winner less than three minutes later. For his efforts, Ege was named to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush All-Tournament Team. Ege spent the entire 2013-14 playing in the NAHL for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
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