NAHL Alumni Update
February 23, 2017
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of Week: Luke Lynch, Robert Morris (Johnstown Tomahawks)
Lynch scored two goals in Friday's 7-4 loss at Mercyhurst for the Colonials. He put RMU on the board first and later scored his second goal, keeping RMU within striking distance in the high-scoring affair. Lynch also tallied an assist in Saturday's game with a helper on the first goal of the game by fellow freshman Daniel Mantenuto, who also had a three-point weekend.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Derek Barach, Mercyhurst (Lone Star Brahmas)
Barach was the leading scorer in Atlantic Hockey last weekend, totaling five points in a 1-1-0 showing against Robert Morris. He had four points, on two goals and two assists, in Mercyhurst's 7-4, come-from-behind win on Friday. Barach then added an assist in the Lakers' 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday. He has points in five of his last six games after going scoreless in four straight.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Nathan Krusko, Harvard (Minnesota Magicians)
Krusko had a breakout night last Monday in Harvard's Beanpot triumph over the Terriers. Krusko potted a pair of goals and dished out an assist to garner Beanpot MVP accolades. He also had an assist at Brown Saturday while posting a +1 rating against the Bears and Bulldogs. The rookie has eight goals and six assists as a freshman.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Sami Tavernier, Merrimack (Topeka RoadRunners)
Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France) racked up four points (2g, 2a) in three games to help Merrimack extend its unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3). He dished out two assists in Tuesday's win at UMass, then scored against Maine each night to push the Warriors to a five-point week in Hockey East play.
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Cal Petersen, Notre Dame (Topeka RoadRunners)
Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa), Notre Dame's Iron Man goaltender, backboned the Irish to a 1-0-1 weekend, ended Providence's nine-game winning streak. He stopped 72 of 76 shots in two games, helping his team move into second place in the Hockey East standings. He finished the weekend with a 1.92 goals against average and .947 save percentage.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Daniel Brickley, Minnesota State (Topeka RoadRunners)
Brickley was one of the top two-way players in the league last weekend, posting a goal, two assists, five blocked shots and a +2 rating as Minnesota State cemented home ice for the quarterfinal round of the WCHA Playoffs with a sweep of visiting Northern Michigan. The sophomore from Sandy, Utah tied for the scoring lead among WCHA defensemen with his three points, while his blocks total tied for second. Brickley tallied three shots on goal and two blocks in Friday's 5-3 victory, while he recorded all three points – including an assist on the game-winning goal – as the Mavericks completed the sweep with a 7-4 triumph Saturday. This is Brickley's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and of his career.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Nicholas Rivera, Minnesota State (Wenatchee Wild)
Minnesota State has home ice for the quarterfinals wrapped up, and is within striking distance of the No. 2 seed for the WCHA Tournament, thanks in part to Rivera, who scored both game-winning goals this past weekend as the Mavericks swept visiting Northern Michigan. The freshman from Pacific Palisades, Calif. was the only NCAA skater with multiple game-winners last week, while he also added an assist for a three-point weekend (tied for second among WCHA rookies). Rivera scored the Mavericks' fourth goal while the team was short-handed in Friday's 5-3 win, then added a goal and assist in a 7-4 triumph Saturday. He finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a +2 rating. This is Rivera's second WCHA weekly award of his freshman season.
Former Aberdeen Wings forward Cory Ward has signed an agreement with the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (read)
Former Janesville Jets forward Zach Solow is highlighted by the USA Today (read)