NAHL Alumni Update
October 17, 2018
B1G #3 Star of the Week: Jack Berry, G, Wisconsin (New Jersey Titans, 2015-16)
Backstopped the Badgers to a pair of wins against No. 10/12 Boston College, making 57 saves on the weekend. He posted his fourth career shutout, winning 3-0 over Boston College in the season opener for UW's sixth all-time season-opening shutout. On Saturday, stopped eight of 10 power-play shots and 28 overall to improve to 2-0-0. He claims his fourth career weekly award and first since Jan. 23, 2018 (Second Star).
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, F, Maine (Coulee Region Chill, 2016-17)
Netted the first goal of his collegiate career and set up two others in a weekend sweep of St. Lawrence, opening the Black Bears' season with a pair of victories. The Charlottelund, Denmark native recorded his first collegiate point in Friday night's 3-1 victory over the Saints. His first collegiate goal also almost came Friday night, but the forward fired his shot off the crossbar. Schmidt-Svejstrup wasted little time finding the back of the net in the weekend's second game, as he scored 00:31 into Saturday's tilt. The freshman also tallied an assist in the 4-1 win to finish the weekend with one goal and two assists for a total of three points.
NCHC Offensive Player of the Week: Patrick Newell, F, St. Cloud State (Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 2012-13)
Newell had one of the best weekends of his career to start the season, totaling five points to lead SCSU to a sweep at Alaska. In Friday’s 3-2 victory, he had a hand in all three tallies, dishing out the primary helper on the Huskies’ first goal to tie the game. He then scored both SCSU goals in the second stanza to put the Huskies up for good, including his second goal serving as the game-winner on the power play. The two goals and three points both tied career highs. The next night, Newell chipped in two more points, again setting up SCSU’s first goal with the primary assist, while also again scoring the game-winner in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. The senior fired three shots on goal in each game, giving him six for the weekend, while he posted a +3 plus/minus, three goals and two assists in the series.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Devin Cooley, G, Denver (Springfield Jr. Blues, 2016-17)
In his first collegiate starts, Devin Cooley was as cool as could be, allowing only one goal, while backstopping DU to a pair of wins. On Friday, he made 22 saves at Air Force, including 12 in the second stanza, while allowing only one goal, which came on the power play, in a 4-1 victory – his first collegiate win in net. The next night, Cooley made his first start at home and recorded his first career shutout, turning aside all 16 shots he faced, with 10 coming in the third period, in a 6-0 whitewash of Alabama-Huntsville. Cooley finished the weekend with 38 saves on 39 shots, a 0.50 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage with no even-strength goals allowed.
WCHA Defenseman of the Week: Riese Zmolek, Minnesota State (Austin Bruins, 2014-15)
Zmolek led WCHA blueliners in scoring with three points (1g-2a), blocked five shots and recorded a +3 rating as Minnesota State jumped to No. 7/8 in the national polls following a sweep of then-No. 8/9 Boston University. The sophomore from Rochester, Minn. had a multi-point effort in Saturday's 5-3 victory, scoring the Mavericks' third goal and assisting on Marc Michaelis' empty-net tally that sealed the win and sweep. During Friday's contest, Zmolek set up Dallas Gerads' second-period goal that tied the contest 2-2 en route to a 4-3 Minnesota State triumph. This is Zmolek's first career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Goalie of the Week: Ryan Bednard, Bowling Green (Johnstown Tomahawks, 2014-15)
Bednard started both of Bowling Green's wins last week, leading WCHA goalies that made multiple starts with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage (49-of-51). The Florida Panthers product was arguably the best player on the ice in the Falcons' 6-2 road win last Tuesday at then-No. 18 Western Michigan, stopping 34-of-36 shots. After not playing Friday, Bednard posted a 15-save shutout Sunday as the now-No. 17 Falcons rolled to a 6-0, home-opener win over Robert Morris. This is the Macomb, Mich. native's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his third career honor.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield 2014-16)
McKay became the first freshman goaltender to win a season-opening game in Minnesota State's Division I era, stopping 49-of-55 shots to backstop the Mavericks' sweep of then-No. 8/9 Boston University. The Downers Grove, Ill. native had 21 saves in Friday's 4-3 win, then turned aside 28 shots in Saturday's 5-3 victory as the Mavericks vaulted to No. 7/8 in this week's national polls. While matching Colgate's Mitch Benson for the most wins last week by a NCAA rookie, McKay became the first Minnesota State freshman netminder to triumph in the season's opening contest since Ken Hilgert accomplished the feat in a 12-3 win over UW-Stevens Point in 1984-85.
ECHL Goalie of the Week: Joe Cannatta, Utah Grizzlies (NTDP, 2007-08)
Joe Cannata of the Utah Grizzlies is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 12-14. It is the third time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. The 28-year-old went 2-0-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929 in two appearances against Rapid City last week. A native of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Cannata turned aside 26 shots in a 4-2 win on Friday and made another 26 saves in a 6-2 victory on Saturday.
Former NAHL goalie Chase Munroe accepts new role with hockey team at Miami (read)
Former Mudbugs coach Karlis Zirnis and goalie Gustavs Grigals bring bond to Alaska-Fairbanks (read)