NAHL Alumni Update
November 3, 2016
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month: Brady Ferguson, Robert Morris (Amarillo Bulls)
Brady Ferguson sits tied atop the Atlantic Hockey scoring leaderboard after a 10-point month of October. His 10 points came on five goals and five assists which rank him third and tied for fifth, respectively, in Atlantic Hockey. An imposing force on the power play, Ferguson leads Atlantic Hockey in power play points with 7, tied with teammate and defenseman Eric Israel. Ferguson is tied for 13th nationally in scoring and 2nd overall in power play points. Ferguson set the single-game scoring mark for Robert Morris in the Colonials' first win of the season, a thrilling 6-5 come-from-behind victory at RIT on October 8th. He started the season on a four-game point streak, accumulating all of his 10 October points in those four games.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Paul Berrafato, Holy Cross (Amarillo Bulls)
Berrafato posted his first shutout of the season and the fourth of his career in the 3-0 win versus Brown on Oct. 28. He made 23 saves against the Bears. Berrafato is 3-1-1 this season. His four career shutouts rank third all-time in the school’s Division I history.
Big 10 Hockey 1st Star: Matthew Weis, Ohio State (Corpus Christi IceRays)
Weis tied for the national lead with six points last week, posting two goals and four assists as the Buckeyes stayed undefeated with a series sweep at Niagara. He established a career high with four points on Friday, tying his personal single-game best with three assists. He also added a goal and an assist in the series finale on Saturday. This is his first career weekly award.
ECAC Goaltender of the Month: Chris Truehl, Quinnipiac (Johnstown, Janesville)
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey junior Chris Truehl (Madison, Wisconsin) has been named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month, the league office announced on Wednesday, November 2. He is the first Bobcats' player to win an ECAC Hockey award so far this season.Truehl has started in net during five on Quinnipiac's seven games so far this season, posting a 3-1-1 record. He owns a 2.35 goals-against average so far, making 132 saves for a .917 save percentage. The first-year Bobcat made 60 combined saves in his first two career starts on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 vs. Northeastern. He recorded 26 saves and allowed four goals on Oct. 14 at Maine, made 29 stops in a win over UConn on Oct. 19, then made 17 saves in Quinnipiac's most recent win, 3-2, against UMass on Oct. 25.
ECAC Player of the Week: Jordan Boucher, Clarkson (New Mexico Mustangs)
After a stellar effort over the weekend Clarkson University Men's Hockey standout, senior left wing Jordan Boucher was selected ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. Boucher tallied four points in the Golden Knights' game against Wisconsin on Saturday at Cheel Arena, including Clarkson's first hat trick in over three years. The St. Therese, QUE native is Clarkson's leading scorer, averaging a point per game with six goals and two assists through the opening eight contests.
Hockey East Goaltender of the Month & Rookie of the Week: Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Vermont's rookie netminder started his collegiate career off with a 3-0-1 record in his first four appearances, all against ranked opponents. On the road at then-No. 20 Omaha, Lekkas stopped 32 shots in a 4-4 draw in his first start, before saving each of the 21 shots he faced over 55:53 of relief to earn his first win, 5-2, the next night. He registered his first career shutout in his next start, shutting down then-No. 11 Michigan, 3-0. Two days later, he topped defending Hockey East champion Northeastern, ranked 16th in the nation.
WCHA Player of the Month: Mitch Hults, Lake Superior State (Janesville Jets)
Hults was the top performer for a Lake Superior State team that leads the nation with 5.00 goals per game (minimum three games played), tallying four goals and seven assists in six contests. The sophomore from Stoughton, Wis. is tied for the WCHA lead with 11 points (tied for fifth in the NCAA), while pacing the league with averages of 1.83 points per game (11th NCAA) and 0.67 goals per contest (t-33rd NCAA). His 1.17 assists per contest ranks second in the WCHA and is tied for 12th nationally, while his five power-play points (1g-4a) are third in the league. Hults has helped the Lakers to a 5-1-0 start – the program's best since the 1995-96 season – by recording at least one point in each of LSSU's first six games, along with a trio of multi-point efforts. The second-year player posted four points (1a-3g) in the Lakers' season-opening sweep of Michigan State (Oct. 14-15), tallied three (1g-2a) in two road wins at Alabama Huntsville (Oct. 21-22), and had a four-point weekend (2g-2a) as LSSU split with visiting Alaska (Oct. 28-29). Hults finished the month with a +6 rating as the Lakers – picked to finish in the bottom half of the league standings – enter November in fourth place, with two games in-hand on the three teams above them. This is Hults' first WCHA monthly honor.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State (Alexandria Blizzard)
Bitzer set Bemidji State's career shutout record and helped the No. 18 Beavers remain undefeated in WCHA play, posting a .969 save percentage and a league-best 0.49 goals-against average in a sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage. The junior from Moorhead, Minn. passed BSU great Matt Climie (2004-08) and entered the school record books Saturday night with his 13th career shutout (most among active NCAA goaltenders), a 17-save effort in a 4-0 win. Bitzer made 14 saves in a 2-1, overtime win Friday, before notching his NCAA-leading third blank slate of the campaign in the series finale. He also helped Bemidji State's penalty-kill unit to a perfect 7-for-7 mark on the weekend. This is Bitzer's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his ninth career honor, including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades.
NHL First Star of the Week: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators (Chicago Freeze)
Anderson stopped all 59 shots he faced to post a 2-0-0 record and guide the Senators (5-3-0, 10 points) to third place in the Atlantic Division. He made 22 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 25. Anderson then took a leave of absence following the cancer diagnosis of his wife, Nicholle, but returned with a 37-save shutout in a 2-0 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 30. The 35-year-old Park Ridge, Ill., native has earned consecutive shutouts for the third time in his career – and first time in nearly a year (Nov. 19-21, 2015). He owns a 5-1-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts in six appearances this season.
AHL Player of the Week: Jordan Schroeder, Iowa Wild (USNTDP)
The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild forward Jordan Schroeder has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 30, 2016. Schroeder scored goals in each of his games last week, finishing the week with four goals and three assists for seven points in three contests. After being held scoreless in his first five games of the season, Schroeder broke out with a goal and two assists in Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to Cleveland. He followed that up with another three-point night on Friday vs. Milwaukee, scoring twice (including the game-winning goal) and adding an assist in a 6-1 victory. Then on Saturday, Schroeder scored again to help the Wild to a 3-2 win at Milwaukee. A first-round pick (22nd overall) by Vancouver in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Schroeder now leads Iowa with four goals and seven points in eight games this season. The seventh-year pro from Prior Lake, Minn., has skated in 275 career AHL games with Iowa, Utica, Chicago and Manitoba, totaling 75 goals and 109 assists for 184 points. Schroeder has also tallied 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 107 NHL games with Vancouver and Minnesota.