NAHL Alumni Update
January 28, 2016
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Brandon Hawkins, Bowling Green (Texas Tornado, 2012-13)
Hawkins matched this week's co-winner, Minnesota State's C.J. Franklin, for the WCHA lead with three goals and five points. The sophomore from Macomb, Mich. paced Bowling Green to its highest-scoring weekend in 11 years, helping the 18th-ranked Falcons to a home sweep of Alaska Anchorage. Hawkins assisted on BGSU's first goal to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead after the first period Thursday, and then spurred a five-goal, second-period flurry with a goal and assist en route to a 6-2 victory. During Friday's win by an identical 6-2 score, Hawkins logged his first multi-goal game of the season. He finished the weekend with a +3 rating and a team-high 11 shots. This is Hawkins' first career WCHA weekly award.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Evan Cowley, Denver (Wichita Falls Wildcats, 2012-13)
Cowley was nearly unbeatable in backstopping the Pioneers to a sweep of No. 19 Minnesota Duluth, winning both games while allowing only one goal in nearly 114 minutes of action. Having last played on Dec. 12, Cowley entered in relief on Friday with DU down 2-0 and turned aside all 39 shots he faced, including 17 in the second period, as Denver rallied for a 3-2 win. The 39 saves were a season high despite only playing 53:47 in net as he was named the game’s first star. The next night, the Florida Panthers prospect started in goal and compiled 34 saves in a 2-1 win as DU was outshot by UMD for the second straight night. Cowley once again was named the game’s first star as he earned his first win in net since Nov. 13. In the series, Cowley compiled a 0.53 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage as he made 73 saves on 74 Bulldog shots. He also helped DU’s penalty kill go 4-for-4, making seven saves on UMD’s two power plays Friday and six more saves on a pair of Bulldog power plays Saturday.
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Cal Petersen, Notre Dame (Topeka RoadRunners, 2011-12)
Backstopped the Irish to the first two wins at UNH in program history, stopping 47 pucks for a .940 SV%. Petersen has been in net during the Irish's current and NCAAbest 12-game unbeaten streak dating back to Nov. 27, 2015.
The American Hockey League announced that Portland Pirates goaltender Mike McKenna (Springfield Jr. Blues, 1999-01) has been named to the Atlantic Division roster for the upcoming 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, set for this Sunday and Monday in Syracuse, N.Y. McKenna (20-8-1, 2.27, .918) replaces Matt Murray of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who will be unavailable for the event.
Jack Campbell (USNTDP, 2008-09) of the Idaho Steelheads is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 18-24. The 24-year-old was 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .986 in two appearances last week. Campbell stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 2-0 win at Alaska on?Friday and made 37 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Aces on Saturday. A native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell has appeared in nine games for the Steelheads this season going 6-3-0 with three shutouts, a 1.45 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. He also has seen action in 12 games with Texas of the American?Hockey League.
Former NAHL’er John Scott (Chicago Freeze, 2001-02) talks about being traded and playing in the NHL All-Star Game this weekend (read)
University of Denver freshman Colin Staub (Wichita Falls Wildcats, 2012-15) becoming a major contributor (read)
Alaska Aces (ECHL) goalie Troy Redmann (Texas/Soo/Bozeman, 2003-06) has little down time as #1 goalie (read)