NAHL Alumni Update
October 12, 2017
Former NAHL defenseman Mark Auk was named MVP of the Icebreaker Tournament this past week.
This week’s NAHL alumni report is highlighted by three NAHL alumni being honored in the NCAA Division I hockey three stars of the week.
1. Mark Auk, D, Michigan Tech (Port Huron Fighting Falcons)
2. Jake Kielly, G, Clarkson (Austin Bruins)
3. Zach Solow, F, Northeastern (Janesville Jets)
Mark Auk: The senior defenseman Auk was named the MVP of the Icebreaker Tournament after leading Michigan Tech to the team title. The St. Clair Shores, Michigan native scored three points on a goal and two assists in the Huskies’ 6-3 semifinal win against Union College. In the championship game, a 4-3 upset of No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, he scored another goal. On the weekend, Auk had four points on two goals and two assists to go along with five shots on goal and a plus-3 rating.
Jake Kielly: Kielly, the sophomore netminder from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, led the Golden Knights to a pair of victories over the weekend. On Friday, he led the way in Clarkson’s 2-1 upset of No. 10 Penn State with 38 saves. On Saturday, he registered his fourth career shutout with 29 saves in a 3-0 victory against Michigan. Kielly posted a 0.50 goals against average with 67 saves and a .985 save percentage for the weekend.
Zach Solow: The Naples, Florida native started his collegiate career in fine fashion, leading the Huskies to a sweep of Sacred Heart. In Friday’s 7-3 victory, the freshman forward scored four points on a goal and three assists. In a 7-0 victory Saturday, he added two more goals. For the weekend, Solow totaled six points on three goals and three assists in addition to seven shots on goal and a plus-6 rating.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Michael Wilson, Army (Minnesota Magicians/Coulee Region Chill)
Wilson tallied four points in Army’s opening-weekend sweep at AIC. He scored a goal and had three assists in Army’s 5-1 win over AIC on Friday, then had a blocked shot in Saturday’s 2-1 victory. He finished the weekend plus-3 with two blocks and played on a first line that produced 10 points against AIC.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Koch, Air Force (Wichita Falls Wildcats)
Koch helped Air Force to a 1-0-1 record at Alaska Fairbanks on opening weekend, recording two points and four blocks in the two games. He had the game’s first goal and added an assist in Friday’s 3-2 victory, tying his career high for points in a game. He had two blocks in each game for the Falcons.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Eric Cooley, Niagara (Amarillo Bulls)
Cooley notched the first point of his collegiate career in Niagara’s 4-3 overtime win over Robert Morris on Friday. He picked-up an assist on Keegan Harper’s third-period goal which gave the Purple Eagles a 3-1 lead over the Colonials. Cooley was also plus-1 on the night.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Jake Kielly, Clarkson (Austin Bruins)
Kielly was nearly unbeatable over the weekend, stopping 67 of 68 shots in the sweep of Penn State and Michigan. The Eden Prairie, MN made 38 saves in the one-goal victory over the Nittany Lions, allowing only a power-play tally, and then posted his fourth career shutout turning aside all 29 Michigan shots in Saturday's 3-0 win. Selected as the goaltender on the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team last year, Kielly owns a .985 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Zach Solow, Northeastern (Janesville Jets)
Solow led the NCAA with six points (3g, 3a) in a sweep of Sacred Heart to open this collegiate career. He became the first Northeastern rookie to record a multi-point game in his debut on Friday (1g, 3a) and added two goals on Saturday.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Robbie Payne, Northern Michigan (Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings)
Payne had an impressive performance over the season's opening weekend, collecting back-to-back, two-goal games to emerge tied for the NCAA with four overall. The senior from Gaylord, Mich. also tied for the WCHA lead in points and rating (+3), helping Northern Michigan to a split in the home-and-home series with Cappo Cup rival Lake Superior State. Payne's first goal Saturday gave NMU its first lead of the young season at 1-0 just 4:11 into the contest, while his empty-netter sealed a 4-1 win – the first as a collegiate head coach for Wildcats bench boss Grant Potulny. He also scored a pair of power-play markers in Friday's contest, a 5-3 setback. This is Payne's second career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Mark Auk, Michigan Tech (Port Huron Fighting Falcons)
Auk was named Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament, leading Michigan Tech to the title with four points on two goals and two assists. The senior from St. Clair Shores, Mich. added five shots on goal, four blocked shots and a plus-3 rating as the Huskies knocked off No. 16 Union and No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. Auk scored in the first period of Friday's 6-3 victory over the Dutchmen, while assisting on Dane Birks' first-period tally and Jake Jackson's game-sealing, empty-net goal. He then scored on the power play for Tech's first goal in Saturday's championship game, igniting a rally from an early 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-3, title-clinching win over the host Bulldogs. This is Auk's first career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Justin Misiak, Michigan Tech (Austin Bruins)
Misiak's first collegiate goal was certainly memorable, as the freshman snapped a 3-3 tie midway through the second period and gave Michigan Tech the Ice Breaker Tournament championship with a 4-3 victory over No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. The rookie from St. Clair Shores, Mich. saw his first action in the tournament, finishing with four shots on goal and an even rating. However, it was his clutch, even-strength goal, coming less than two minutes after the host Bulldogs had tied the game, that will go down in Huskies lore.
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