NAHL Alumni Update
December 15, 2016
It was another big week for NAHL alumni in the NHL and NCAA. Here is a look at some of those players with special recognition:
Former NAHL and Corpus Christi IceRays goalie Anthony Stolarz posted his first career NHL shutout in just his second NHL start for the Philadelphia Flyers in their 1-0 overtime win in Detroit earlier this week. Stolarz made 28 saves and became the youngest Flyer to collect a shutout since Dominic Roussel in 1992. An AHL all-star last season, Stolarz was having another outstanding season with the Phantoms before the Flyers recalled him last month after an injury to Michal Neuvirth. Sunday was just his second NHL start and his second appearance at any level in about a month. “It’s exciting, that’s for sure,” Stolarz said. “I couldn’t have drawn it up any better and when you’re a kid dreaming of playing at Joe Louis Arena, it’s something you can’t even put into words. I’m excited, but I’m more excited to have the win streak going.”
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Brendan Soucie, Army (Amarillo Bulls)
Soucie led the Black Knights to a weekend sweep of Holy Cross and back into first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. He notched his first career hat trick on Saturday in Army’s 8-1 win over Holy Cross, the first Cadet to score three goals in a game since 2013. Soucie also added an assist to finish the night with four points and a plus-three rating on the weekend.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Ryner Gorowsky, Bentley (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Gorowsky is the Rookie of the Week for a second straight week after tallying three points in a weekend split against Robert Morris. All three points, a goal and an assist, came in Bentley's 4-3 win over the Colonials on Friday night. Gorowsky's point streak was extended to five games, which was snapped the following night in Bentley's 4-1 loss.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Parker, Alabama-Huntsville (Brookings Blizzard)
Parker excelled on both ends of the ice during Alabama Huntsville's road sweep at Northern Michigan, tying for the NCAA defenseman scoring lead with three points. The lone WCHA blue-liner with two goals this past weekend, he netted the game-winning marker in the Chargers' 4-1, series-opening victory Friday. The junior from Faribault, Minn. then scored a power-play goal at the 15:53 mark of the third period Saturday, icing UAH's 3-1 win and third road sweep this year – the most for the program in a single season since the 2004-05 campaign. Parker also contributed two blocked shots, helped hold the Wildcats scoreless on all eight power-play opportunities and tied for tops among all WCHA skaters with a +3 rating. This is Parker's first career WCHA weekly award.