NAHL Alumni Update
January 18, 2018
NCHC Defenseman of the Week: Corey Schueneman, Western Michigan (Michigan Warriors)
Schueneman anchored WMU’s blue line and helped the Broncos earn a split at then No. 2 St. Cloud State with a four-point weekend. On Friday, he tallied a goal and an assist in WMU’s 7-5 win that handed the Huskies their first home loss this season. His power play goal tied the game at 3-3 in the second period, helping erase a two-goal deficit, while he then had the primary assist on Jade McMullen’s goal that gave the Broncos a 4-3 lead for good a few minutes later. Schueneman also finished +2 on the night, while helping kill 7-of-9 SCSU power plays and blocking a shot. On Saturday he tallied another goal and an assist, both on the power play, setting up WMU’s first goal, while scoring the Broncos’ third tally to tie the game in the third period in an eventual 4-3 defeat. He also blocked two shots Saturday. Schueneman finished the weekend with two goals, two assists, three blocked shots and three shots on goal. On special teams, he helped WMU go 13-for-16 on the penalty kill and 4-for-7 on the power play in the series. On the season, Schueneman has 19 points on three goals and 16 assists in 20 games.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Cameron Heath, Canisius (Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings)
Cameron Heath had two goals in Canisius’ 6-1 win over AIC on Saturday, helping the Griffs earn a split with the Yellow Jackets. It was the second game in his career with multiple goals. Heath also added three blocks in the two games and finished with a plus-1 rating.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Grant Meyer, Canisius (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Grant Meyer had a career-high three points, on two goals and an assist, in Canisius’ 6-1 win over AIC on Saturday. He scored the game’s opening goal and later added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Griffs. His assist came on the game’s game-winning goal.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan (Wenatchee Wild)
Loggins led the WCHA with three goals (the second-most nationally), helping Northern Michigan sweep then-No. 14 Bowling Green and leapfrog the Falcons for second place in the league standings. The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif. led all NCAA skaters last week with three power-play goals, as all three of his scores came with the man advantage. He opened the series with a pair of goals in Friday's 5-2 win, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the 10:32 mark of the first period and a 4-1 advantage halfway through the second stanza. Loggins again got NMU on the board Saturday, scoring 1:55 into the second period to the game at 1-1, before the Wildcats eventually earned a 3-2, overtime victory. He finished the weekend with 10 shots on goal. This is Loggins' first career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Zach Frye, Alaska-Fairbanks (Wenatchee Wild)
Frye was a factor on both ends of the ice as Alaska earned a split with then-No. 8/6 Minnesota State, leading all WCHA defensemen in goals (2), power-play goals (2) and game-winning goals (1), while ranking second with eight blocked shots. The senior from Spokane, Wash. scored the Nanooks' first and last goals Friday as UAF blanked the Mavericks, 5-0. Frye's power-play strike at the 11:23 mark of the first period Friday opened the scoring and stood as the game-winner, his second in the UAF's last four contests. This is Frye's first career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan (Minot Minotauros/Minnesota Magicians)
Tolvanen, the only WCHA goaltender to earn two wins last week and one of only eight in the country to do so, helped Northern Michigan move into second place in the league standings with a sweep of now-No. 17 Bowling Green. The junior from Vihti, Finland finished the series with a 1.92 goals-against average (second in the WCHA), 42 saves and a .913 save percentage during a league-high 124:53 in net. He opened the series with 23 stops in a 5-2 win Friday night, then made 19 saves in a 3-2, overtime triumph Saturday. This is Tolvanen's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his eighth career honors, including four Defensive awards and three Rookie of the Week accolades.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Coale Norris, Ferris State (Amarillo Bulls/Springfield Jr. Blues)
Norris tallied a game-winning goal and an assist in Ferris State's split at Lake Superior State. The freshman from Oxford, Mich. produced the game-winner with an early first-period goal in Friday's 4-0 shutout win. Saturday, Norris tallied an assist on a third-period goal Saturday as the Bulldogs rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, 3-3, before falling, 5-3. For the weekend, Norris tied for the WCHA rookie lead in goals, points and game-winning goals, while adding five shots on goal, winning 19 faceoffs and compiling a plus-1 rating. This is Norris' first WCHA weekly award of his freshman season.
ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Joe Cannata, Colorado Eagles (NTDP)
Joe Cannata of the Colorado Eagles is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 8-14. It is the second time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. The 28-year-old went 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and a save percentage of .952 in three victories against Rapid City last week. Cannata made 32 saves in a 2-1 win on Wednesday, turned aside 25 shots in a 4-2 victory on Friday and stopped 25 shots in an 8-1 win on Saturday. A native of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Cannata has posted a 15-1-1 in 17 appearances with the Eagles this season and leads the ECHL with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. He also has seen action in two games this season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
NHL # 3 Star of the Week: Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins (NTDP)
Penguins forward Phil Kessel, the NHL's seventh-highest scorer, was named NHL 'Third Star of the Week' after helping the Penguins win both games this weekend following their five-day bye week. Kessel, who leads the Penguins across board in goals (20), assists (32) and points (52), contributed five points (2G-3A) in victories against Detroit (4-1) and the New York Rangers (5-2). He had three points against Detroit (1G-2A), and two more versus New York (1G-1A). Kessel had the game-winning goal in both wins.