NAHL Alumni Update
February 25, 2016
Former NAHL and Chicago Freeze goalie Craig Anderson was named the #3 star of the week in the NHL.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Brandon Wildung, Mercyhurst (Minot Minotauros/Bismarck Bobcats, 2013-14)
Wildung led the Lakers to a crucial 3-1 win in the second game of their weekend series at Army West Point last weekend, clinching a first-round by for Mercyhurst in the process. He stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced, allowing one goal in 60 minutes of play.
Big 10 #3 Star of the Week: David Goodwin, Penn State (St. Louis Bandits, 2009-10)
Goodwin registered four points (two goals, two assists) as the Nittany Lions split a series with Ohio State. He netted a goal and added an assist in each game to increase his team-leading total to 32 points this season (10 goals, 22 assists). Goodwin broke the school record for most career points at Penn State, closing the weekend with 84 points in 102 career games. This ihis fourth career weekly award and first this season.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Ryan Ruck, Northeastern (Minot Minotauros, 2012-13)
Ruck collected two wins over UConn in a home-and-home series, picking up 1.50/.928 numbers. The four points in league play secured the No. 6 seed in the Hockey East playoffs for the Huskies.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Mathias Dahlstrom, Northern Michigan (Kenai River Brown Bears, 2010-11)
Dahlstrom turned aside 33-of-34 shots on the weekend as Northern Michigan moved into a fourth-place tie with a sweep of visiting Alabama Huntsville. The senior from Smedjebacken, Sweden remained perfect in seven starts this season (6-0-0 since returning from injury Jan. 16) with the two wins, including a 19-save effort in a 3-0 triumph Friday that stood as his eighth career shutout. He then made 14 stops in a 3-1 victory Saturday as the Wildcats completed their second-straight home sweep. This is Dahlstrom's first WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and his third career honor (including one Rookie of the Week accolade).
NHL #3 Star of the Week: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators (Chicago Freeze, 1998-99)
Anderson posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .951 save percentage to backstop the Senators (28-26-6, 62 points) to three straight wins. He made 38 saves and denied both shootout attempts he faced in a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Feb. 16. Anderson then stopped 30 shots in a 4-2 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 18. He closed the week by making 29 saves and turning aside all three shootout attempts he faced in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Feb. 20. The 34-year-old Park Ridge, Ill., native has compiled a 25-19-4 record in 48 outings this season, including a 2.76 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and three shutouts.
D3Hockey.com Team of the Week
Cory Dunn, D, Adrian (Austin Bruins, 2013-15)
Dunn was credited with the game-winning goal in a 4-2 road triumph at nationally-ranked St. Scholastica that clinched the Bulldogs' overall No. 1 seed in the Harris Cup playoffs. Dunn leads NCHA blueliners with 19 assists and 25 points.
Mitch Hall, D, Hamline (Johnstown Tomahawks/Jamestown Ironmen, 2012-14)
Mitch's goal on Saturday broke a 1-1 tie and started Hamline on its way to a 6-3 win over Gustavus Adolphus that clinched fifth place in the MIAC and sent the Pipers to the playoffs. On Friday, the teams played a 1-1 OT tie. (HU won in a shootout for the extra point.) More importantly, perhaps, was that Mitch was on the ice for all seven goals Hamline scored this weekend for a +7 rating. Prior to that series, Mitch had been a +1 for the year.
Craig Lindegard, F, Wisconsin-Stout (Brookings & Alexandria Blizzard, 2010-13)
With the WIAC opening round playoff series tied at a game apiece after a setback against Superior, Lindegard took matters into his own hands for the Blue Devils. Lindegard scored twice in the minigame, including the go-ahead, to lift Stout to a 3-2 advantage and a spot in the WIAC semifinals. Lindegard also factored in nicely in the scope of the series, tallying a pair of assists.