NAHL Alumni Update
January 14, 2016
ECAC Rookie of the Month for December: Sebastian Vidmar (Lone Star)
Vidmar notched four points in December on two goals and two assists, tying him for the most by an ECAC Hockey rookie, while his 1.0 points per game average was tops among ECAC Hockey freshmen. Vidmar produced his first career multi-point game at Massachusetts, scoring the overtime winner with nine seconds remaining and dishing out an assist. Union was 0-2-4 in its previous six overtime contests on the season and the win was the team’s first in overtime since a 3-2 victory against Notre Dame on Nov. 28, 2014. Vidmar played two years in the NAHL for the Lone Star Brahmas from 2013-15 and last year was named NAHL MVP and Forward of the Year.
WCHA Rookie of the Month for December: Gage Torrel (Blizzard)
After winning four times in 16 games through November, Lake Superior State went 3-2-1 in December – and Torrel's efforts were a big reason why. One of a group of talented Lakers' rookies, Torrel led all WCHA freshmen with five points last month on two goals and three assists. Both of his goals were game-winning strikes – matching two others for the most among all NCAA freshmen. The native of Monticello, Minn. tied for the overall WCHA lead for power-play points (three), short-handed goals (two) and game-winning markers, while ranking fourth in scoring. Torrel capped LSSU's road sweep at Alaska with a short-handed, game-winning goal Dec. 12, while also notching the winning tally in a 3-0 victory over Brown in the second game of the Catamount Cup (at which he was named to the All-Tournament team). Torrel played a full season in the NAHL for the Alexandria (now Brookings) Blizzard during the 2011-12 season.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for December: Gabe Antoni (Springfield)
Antoni started all five games in the month of December, helping Bentley to a 2-2-1 record. He allowed nine goals in 305 minutes between the pipes, which equates to a 1.77 goals against average. He also made 134 saves in the five games, for a .937 save percentage. He lowered his goals against average to 2.44, which ranks third in the conference, and raised his save percentage to an AHC second-best .924. Antoni played in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season for the Springfield Jr. Blues.
Hockey East Rookie of the Month for December and Defensive Player of the Week: Packy Munson (Fairbanks)
Munson appeared in the first five games of his collegiate career in December, posting a 1.59 goals against average and .940 save percentage for the Catamounts. Munson was a perfect 3-0-0 at home in Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse, carrying a .985 save percentage and registering two shutouts. He was also named the MVP of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup, allowing just one goal against Lake Superior State and Colgate while stopping 43 of the 44 of the shots he faced in the two contests as he backboned his team to the tournament title. Munson pushed his record to 5-0-0 at home this season with his third shutout at Gutterson Fieldhouse in five starts. His 39 saves in a 1-0 win were a career high for the rookie netminder. Munson played the last two seasons in the NAHL (2013-15) for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Jacob Nehama (Lone Star)
Nehama had a monster weekend in backstopping the Tigers to a split at No. 4/5 St. Cloud State. He posted a .953 save percentage on the weekend while going 1-1 in net and making 81 saves on 85 shots against. In Friday’s 2-1 loss, Nehama surrendered two goals in the first period, but did not allow another one over the final 47:53 of the game as he totaled 34 saves, including eight saves during SCSU’s five power plays as he helped kill all five. A night later Nehama was even better, racking up 47 saves, the second-most of his career, in a 5-2 victory, as he was chosen the game’s first star in CC’s first conference road win of the season. He turned aside 19 shots in the third period alone to preserve the win as the Tigers turned up the pressure, while he made nine saves on four Husky power plays, killing three of them. Nehama finished the series with a 2.02 goals-against average after SCSU entered the weekend leading the NCAA with 4.50 goals per game, while he led a CC penalty kill that went 8-for-9 against the second-best power play in the NCAA, stopping 17 of 18 shots on St. Cloud State’s man advantages. Nehama played in the NAHL for the Lone Star Brahmas during the 2013-14 season.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Erik Baskin, Air Force (Aberdeen)
Baskin recorded five points, on four goals and an assist, to lead Air Force to its first sweep of the season. The Falcons defeated visiting AIC twice by a combined 13-3 score. Baskin tied his career high with two goals in each game and tied his career best with three points in the second game. He was also a team best +5 in the series. Prior to playing for Air Force, Baskin played two seasons in the NAHL for the Aberdeen Wings from 2012-14.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Brad Shumway (Wichita Falls/Wenatchee)
Shumway, after sitting out Friday's game, returned to the lineup on Saturday and scored the game-winning goal with 8:56 remaining in regulation to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 win over Canisius. Shumway also drew the primary assist on Abbott Girduckis’ goal in the opening period, firing a shot from the point that was tipped in. Shumway’s goal was his first in 67 games, dating back to Jan. 25, 2013 and was just the second of his collegiate career. Shumway was also a plus-1. Shumway played the better part of two seasons in the NAHL for Wichita Falls and Wenatchee from 2010-12. Shumway began his junior career in the NAHL in 2009 with Wenatchee and finished his career with Wichita Falls in 2012.