NAHL Alumni Update
October 24, 2018
Hunter Wendt, who played in the NAHL the past two seasons for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Brennan Kapcheck, American International (Aston Rebels, 2015-17)
Kapcheck had four assists in a 1-0-1 week for the Yellow Jackets, with two in each game against Bentley. The reigning Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year also chipped in five blocked shots and finished plus-4 to lead AIC defensively.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Dalton Hunter, Mercyhurst (Johnstown Tomahawks, 2014-17)
Hunter netted his first two collegiate goals in his third career game as Mercyhurst earned a road split with Ferris State over the weekend with a 3-1 victory. Hunter scored the second and third goals, with his second goal standing up as the game-winning goal.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Darion Hanson, Union (Aston Rebels/Lone Star Brahmas, 2015-16)
Darian Hanson helped the Dutchmen stay undefeated in 2018-19 with a pair of wins over No. 12-ranked Northeastern. Hanson ended the weekend with 68 saves, posting a 1.99 goals-against average, and a solid .944 save percentage.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Brian Hurley, Clarkson (Minnesota Wilderness, 2015-16)
Hurley helped lead his team to a 2-0 weekend, including a win on Friday over No. 13/15 Wisconsin. The Dellwood, Minn. native had a power-play goal and an assist against the Badgers, and also chipped in another assist in Saturday’s win over Holy Cross.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Tomas Vomacka, UConn (Corpus Christi IceRays, 2016-17)
Tomas Vomacka (Fr., G; Trutnov, Czech Republic) started his first NCAA game on Saturday on the road at RPI, making 24 stops to pick up the win in a 3-1 outing, blanking the Engineers for the first two periods.
WCHA Goalie of the Week: Anton Martinsson, Alaska-Fairbanks (Amarillo Bulls, 2014-16)
Martinsson backstopped Alaska to a tie at No. 9 Denver on Saturday night, while leading WCHA goaltenders in nearly every category. His 123:26 in net, 64 saves and .914 save percentage were all tops, while his 2.92 GAA was best among those WCHA netminders that started both games last weekend. The junior from Klippan, Sweden made 39 stops Friday (including 26-straight in the second and third periods), yielding three goals in a 4-1 loss. Saturday night, he helped the Nanooks to a tie despite being outshot 16-2 in the third period and overtime, as 14 of his game-high 25 saves came in the final 25 minutes. This is Martinsson's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his third career honor.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Hunter Wendt, Ferris State (Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 2016-18)
Wendt tallied a WCHA rookie-best three points, scoring his first two collegiate goals and adding an assist in Ferris State's 5-2, nonconference win over Mercyhurst on Friday. Playing just his second collegiate contest, the freshman from Troy, Mich. was all over the scoresheet Friday night. He opened the game's scoring with a goal 7:41 into the second period, had the first assist on Marshall Moise's eventual game-winning marker late in the same stanza, while capping the night with a power-play strike at 14:48 of the third period. Wendt also added 14 face-off wins and a blocked shot on the weekend, earning his first career WCHA weekly award.
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