NAHL Alumni Update
November 9, 2017
NCHC Defenseman of the Week: Corey Schueneman, Western Michigan (Michigan Warriors)
Schueneman played a key role at both ends of the ice for the Broncos, leading WMU to a sweep of No. 1 Denver. In Friday’s 6-5 comeback win, the junior handed out a career-high three assists, doing so on a pair of second-period goals, as well as the game-tying, extra-attacker goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation. He was also +1 on Friday and anchored a penalty kill unit that was a perfect 8-for-8. The next night, Schueneman dished out two more helpers in another comeback victory, the first of which came on Colt Conrad’s goal midway through the third period that started WMU’s comeback, as it was the first of three goals in 43 seconds. His second assist helped seal the win, coming on Wade Allison’s hat trick goal that made it 6-4 in an eventual 7-4 win. He was again +1 while putting three shots on goal. Schueneman finished the series with five assists, a +2 plus-minus, 4 shots on goal and three blocked shots, while leading a penalty kill that finished 12-of-14 against Denver.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Peter Thome, North Dakota (Aberdeen Wings)
Being thrust into surprise action after an injury to normal starter Cam Johnson during last Friday’s morning skate, Thome made his collegiate debut at No. 7 Wisconsin and backstopped UND to a win and a tie. In his first NCAA game, he compiled 36 saves, including 19 in the third period, to hold the Badgers at bay in a 3-2 victory. The 36 stops represented the most saves this century by a UND goalie making his debut. The next night, the Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick again allowed only two goals, while totaling 22 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie. Thome finished his first weekend of NCAA action 1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average, while making 58 saves, which led all NCHC goalies on the weekend, on 62 shots faced for a .935 save percentage.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Eric Dop, Bowling Green (Minot Minotauros)
Dop repeats as WCHA Rookie of the Week after his second-straight stellar performance in a 2-1 Bowling Green victory, this time last Friday night at then-No. 20 Michigan Tech. Manning the net for the Falcons in a rematch of the 2017 WCHA Championship, the freshman from Lewis Center, Ohio stopped 21-of-22 shots. A game-high nine of Dop's saves came in the third period, as the Falcons held on to the one-goal margin throughout the final 20 minutes. In fact, the lone goal he allowed in the contest came on a first-period power play. Dop's WCHA honors the last two weeks are the first of his career.
ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Pat Nagle, Toledo Walleye (St. Louis Bandits)
Pat Nagle of the Toledo Walleye is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. It is the sixth time in his career that he has received the weekly honor, tied for the third most in ECHL?history. Nagle went 3-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a save percentage of .933 in three appearances last week. The 30-year-old stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 win at Worcester on Tuesday, made 33 saves in a 5-2 victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday and turned aside 24 shots in a 3-2 win at Indy on Sunday. Under an American Hockey League contract with Grand Rapids, Nagle has appeared in eight games this season and leads the ECHL with six wins while ranking second with a 1.97 goals-against average and tied for ninth with a .931 save percentage. A native of Bloomfield, Mich, Nagle has appeared in 230 career ECHL games with Toledo, Fort Wayne, Idaho and Florida posting an overall record of 129-59-25, 11 shutouts, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912. He has also seen action in seven career AHL games with Syracuse, Rochester,?Grand Rapids and Utica.
NAHL and Aberdeen Wings grad Peter Thome steps up for North Dakota (read)
NAHL and Odessa Jackalopes alum Connor Hellebuyck is the only goalie in the NHL who has yet to lose a game in regulation, and his hot start may be the answer for the Winnipeg Jets (read)
Three of the four winners of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC, NCAA DIII) weekly winners are NAHL graduates Houston Wilson (Northeast Generals), Nick Ford (Lone Star Brahmas), and Jordan Watt (Johnstown Tomahawks) (read)
Former Bobcats goalie Camden Haugenoe earns WIAC athlete of the week honors (read)