NAHL Alumni Update
December 14, 2017
Former NAHL and Blizzard forward Nick DAvolio was named the SPHL Player of the Week.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Jake Kielly, Clarkson (Austin Bruins)
For the third time this season, Clarkson University's Jake Kielly has been named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week. Kielly backstopped Clarkson to the weekend home-and-home sweep of archrival St. Lawrence and in the process helped extend the Golden Knights' winning streak to 11 games. The Eden Prairie, MN native made 26 saves while allowing only a power-play goal in Friday's 3-1 win over St. Lawrence at Cheel Arena. He then followed with 25 stops in Saturday's 4-2 victory in Canton. Kielly has played every minute in the Clarkson crease this season, helping to lead the Knights to one of the best starts ever in the program's 96-year history. The sophomore boasts some of the best statistics in the country, leading Division I in goals against average (1.42), third in save percentage (.947), tied for first in wins (15) and leading the nation in shutouts (5).
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Evan Bell, Merrimack (Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees)
Evan Bell recorded the first two points of his collegiate career Sunday in a 4-3 win over #13 New Hampshire. The freshman defenseman dished out two helpers and finished with a plus-three rating in the game to help Merrimack earn a weekend sweep.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Zeb Knutson, Minnesota State (Topeka RoadRunners)
Knutson racked up a WCHA-best five points (tied for second-most nationally) on two goals and three assists, helping now-No. 7 Minnesota State to a league road sweep at Lake Superior State. The senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota factored in four of the Mavericks' five second-period goals in a 5-1 win Friday, scoring once himself and handing out three assists – including an apple on Parker Tuomie's game-winning, power-play marker. He then gave Minnesota State a 2-0 lead with 12 seconds remaining in the first period Saturday, scoring on the power play to set the stage for an eventual 7-0 triumph. Knutson's three assists and three power-play points both led the WCHA, while he finished the series with six shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. This is Knutson's second career WCHA weekly award, both of which have come this season (also on Oct. 30).
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Daniel Brickley, Minnesota State (Topeka RoadRunners)
Brickley registered a goal and assist for four points – best among WCHA defensemen and tied for tops nationally – while helping No. 7 Minnesota State hold Lake Superior State to a single goal during the Mavericks' road sweep. The junior from Sandy, Utah had a three-point night a goal and two assists, all in the second period, during Friday's 5-1 win; one of his helpers came on the game-winning score. He picked up his second power-play point of the weekend Saturday, setting up one of Ian Scheid's two goals in a 7-0 victory. Defensively, Brickley and Minnesota State limited the host Lakers to just 37 shots on net in the two games. This is Brickley's third WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and fifth of his career.
WCHA Goalie of the Week: Anton Martinsson, Alaska-Fairbanks (Amarillo Bulls)
Martinsson backstopped the Nanooks to a road sweep against in-state rival Alaska Anchorage, victories that secured the 2017-18 Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup and gave UAF six WCHA points. The only WCHA goaltender to earn two wins last weekend, Martinsson made 41 saves, posted a .911 save percentage and finished with a 2.00 goals-against average. The sophomore from Klippan, Sweden, pitched a shutout for the first 51:33 of Friday's game, finishing with 22 stops in a 7-2 Nanooks' win. Saturday night, 10 of Martinsson's 19 saves came in the third period, as Alaska held on for the 3-2, Cup-clinching win. This is the first career WCHA weekly award for Martinsson, who did not appear in any games as a freshman in 2016-17.
SPHL Player of the Week: Nick D’Avolio, Evansville Thunderbolts (Alexandria Blizzard)
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced Nick D’Avolio of the Evansville Thunderbolts is the Warrior Player of the Week for December 4-10. D’Avolio scored four goals, including one game-winner, added two assists and was +5 as the Thunderbolts swept a pair of home games and moved into a tie for third place in the SPHL standings. On Friday, the North Riverside, IL native recorded his first professional hat trick in leading Evansville to a 4-3 shootout win over Macon. D’Avolio scored in each of the first two periods before netting the game-winning goal in the shootout. D’Avolio had another strong outing on Saturday, scoring one goal and assisting on two others in Evansville’s 9-3 win over Mississippi. Prior to turning pro, D’Avolio played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a junior, he was a member of the 2015-16 NCAA Division III championship winning team, recording an assist in the final game and earning a spot on the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.