NAHL Alumni Update
December 17, 2015
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Geoff Fortman, Canisius College (Amarillo)
Geoff Fortman had the most productive game in his career in helping lead the Griffs to a 6-2 victory on Sunday. The junior defender registered the first multi-point game of his collegiate tenure with three assists in the win against the first-place Colonials. He posted a helper on the game's opening goal that gave the Griffs the lead for good and then added two assists on power-play tallies in the second and third periods as Canisius sealed the 6-2 victory. Fortman also registred a team-best four blocked shots during the weekend, while posting a +1 overall rating. Fortman played in the NAHL for the Amarillo Bulls for two seasons from 2011-13.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Paul Berrafato, Holy Cross (Amarillo)
Berrafato was outstanding in net as he went 1-0-1 on the week. He only allowed two goals and made 65 saves, posting a .970 save percentage and a 0.95 goals against average. He made 33 saves as the Crusaders tied Bentley 1-1 on Friday, then posted 32 saves on Saturday as the Crusaders defeated Bentley 2-1 in overtime. Berrafato played in the NAHL for three seasons (2011-14) the majority of which were with the Amarillo Bulls.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Trevor Cope, American International (Soo)
Cope registered the first two goals of his collegiate career while adding an assist during a weekend sweep of Army West Point. The freshman recorded his first career goal on Friday night before scoring the tying goal with just 35 seconds remaining on Saturday and also had an earlier assist. Cope most recently played in the NAHL for the Soo Eagles last season (2014-15). He also had a small stint with the Corpus Christi IceRays in 2011-12.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Jesper Ohrvall, RPI (Fairbanks)
Ohrvall recorded his first two collegiate goals on Friday, in Rensselaer's 5-1 win over visiting Arizona State. He then added another tally in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Sun Devils to help the Engineers complete the sweep. His nine shots on goal were the most in ECAC Hockey last week. The Engineers are unbeaten in their last three games (2-0-1) following a two-game losing streak. Prior that stint, RPI went nine games unbeaten (7-0-2). Ohrvall played in the NAHL last season (2014-15) for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Patrick Munson, Vermont (Fairbanks)
Munson stopped 23 shots and picked up a shutout in his collegiate debut for Vermont. He became the first Catamount since 2004 to pitch a blank sheet in his first game with the squad. He followed up that victory with a 28-save performance on Saturday at St. Lawrence. Munson played in the NAHL for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs the past two seasons from 2013-15.
D3Hockey.com Team of the Week
Michael Hoy, Defenseman, Adrian: Hoy's first goal of the season came at a critical time on the road, as he scored the go-ahead goal with 1 minute and 53 seconds remaining in the second period to lift nationally-ranked Adrian College over host Nazareth College, 2-1, to close the fall semester. Hoy played in the NAHL for two full seasons, both for the Texas Tornado from 2011-13.
James Ring, forward, MSOE: Ring played the role of late-game hero on a pair of occasions to land NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors, recording two goals and two assists as Raiders won three games against WIAC teams last week. He started it off by scoring the equalizer and assisting on the game-winner in come-from-behind win at Stout Tuesday. His assist on the final goal lit the lamp with just 0.7 seconds remaining. He then followed that up with another assist and scoring the game-winner at Superior Friday, helping the Raiders get the go-ahead tally with just 16.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Rink is a four-year NAHL graduate, playing for the Topeka RoadRunners from 2010-14.
Jono Davis, forward, UW-Stevens Point: Davis scored a natural hat trick in a span of 7:59 in the second period to help No. 7/8 UW-Stevens Point pull away from Northland in a 6-1 win on Friday night on the road. The junior forward scored three consecutive UWSP goals, including two in the final 1:07 of the period after Northland got on the board to trail 3-1. Davis's natural hat trick was the first by a UW-Stevens Point player since Russell Law scored three straight goals in a 3-3 tie at St. Scholastica on Jan. 27, 2006. Davis played in the NAHL during the 2012-13 season for the Wenatchee Wild.
SPHL Player of the Week: Scott Henegar, Huntsville Havoc (Michigan/Marquette)
Henegar scored three goals, including one game-winner, added one assist and was +3 as the Havoc won a pair of games last weekend and moved into a tie for third place in the SPHL standings. On Friday, the Trenton, MI native scored the game-tying goal with less than two minutes remaining in the second period before netting the game-winner just 27 seconds into overtime as Huntsville defeated Columbus 3-2. Henegar recorded another two-point night on Saturday, scoring the game-trying goal early in the third period and assisting on the eventual game-winner less than three minutes later as the Havoc rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Knoxville 3-2. Currently in his first professional season, Henegar played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was an alternate captain his final two years and earned Honorable Mention All-WIAC honors his junior season. Henegar played his junior hockey for three years in the NAHL from 2008-11 for the Marquette Rangers the first two seasons and the Michigan Warriors in his final season.
Former NAHL’er Trent Vogelhuber (St. Louis, 2006-07) is happy to be back home in Ohio (Read)