NAHL Alumni Update
November 14, 2018
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Cameron Heath, Canisius (Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings)
Heath set career-highs in points (4) and assists (3) in Canisius’ 6-3 win against Clarkson on Saturday. He assisted on McLaughlin’s first goal, then scored a power-play goal in the first period, evening the score at two. Heath added two more assists throughout the course of the game to finish his four-point night.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Kieran Durgan, Air Force (Shreveport Mudbugs/Aberdeen Wings)
Durgan notched two points in Air Force’s sweep of Bentley. He had an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win, then scored a goal in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Durgan finished the weekend with a plus-4 rating and added three blocks.
B1G Hockey #3 Star: Tommy Nappier, Ohio State (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Nappier backstopped the Buckeyes to a 1-0 shutout at Colgate last Saturday. He turned aside 24 shots on the evening, including seven power-play saves, to preserve the 1-0 lead Ohio State took at 10:08 of the third period. He ranks second in the nation with a .957 save percentage and fourth in goals-against average (1.32). This is his second career weekly award and his first since Feb. 27, 2018 (First Star).
ECAC Goaltender of the Week: Darion Hanson, Union (Aston Rebels/Lone Star Brahmas)
Hanson came up big in Union’s win over No. 12/13 Quinnipiac on Saturday, stopping 34 of 35 shots. Much of the play came in Hanson’s end, as Union was out-shot 35 to 23 in the game. The .971 save percentage was the best in the league for the week, and Hanson now ranks second in the league for save percentage this season with a .926 mark.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Hunter Shepard, Minnesota-Duluth (Bismarck Bobcats)
Shepard was nearly unbeatable against Colorado College, backstopping the Bulldogs to a sweep of the Tigers, as he allowed only one goal all weekend and none even strength. On Friday, he stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 3-0 win for his first shutout of the season and ninth of his career, which ties the UMD career shutouts record (also held by current Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock, 2006-09). He was also tabbed First Star of the Game Friday. The next night, Shepard compiled 15 saves in a 5-1 win with CC’s lone goal coming on the power play. He ended the series with a .971 save percentage, totaling 34 saves on 35 shots, while posting a 0.50 goals-against average in the two wins.
WCHA Defenseman of the Week: Seamus Donohue, Michigan Tech (Wichita Falls Wildcats)
Donohue led WCHA defensemen last weekend with three assists, setting up a third of Michigan Tech's goals in a league road sweep at Ferris State. The sophomore from North Oaks, Minn. had a power-play helper Friday and the primary assist on Tech's first two markers during a three-goal second-period Saturday, an outburst that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 win. Donohue was second among WCHA blueliners with a +4 rating and tied for second with three points. This is Donohue's first career WCHA weekly award.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Eric Dop, Bowling Green (Minot Minotauros)
Dop collected his first collegiate shutout Friday at Alaska Anchorage, making a game-high 33 saves to deliver a scoreless tie and extra league point for No. 10 Bowling Green. The sophomore from Lewis Center, Ohio made 12 stops in the first period, 12 more in the second, eight in the third and one in the first overtime of the official 0-0 draw. Dop then kept the Seawolves out of the net for the first 2:20 of the 3-on-3, second overtime session, giving time for Chris Pohlkamp to score for the Falcons. This is Dop's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his fourth career honor.
Clarkson turns to NAHL alum Nico Sturm (Austin Bruins/Corpus Christi IceRays) for leadership for youthful Clarkson team (read)
NAHL alum Daniel Lebedeff (Janesville Jets) helps the University of Wisconsin regain focus (read)