NAHL Alumni Update
November 21, 2018
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week and NCAA #3 Star of the Week: Ludwig Stenlund, Niagara (Odessa Jackalopes)
Stenlund's performance during Niagara's home-and-home helped power the Purple Eagles to a sweep of their crosstown rival. The freshman tallied two points (1 G, 1 A) in the series' road opener before breaking out for four more points (2 G, 2 A) at home in the finale. It was Stenlund's second two-goal game at home this year, and gave him eight points (4 G, 4 A) in just five games at Dwyer Arena.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Steven Ipri, Mercyhurst (Lone Star Brahmas/Amarillo Bulls)
Ipri had a four-point weekend as Mercyhurst swept Sacred Heart. He had a goal and three assists in the two games, finishing plus-three on the weekend. Ipri scored a goal and had two assists, including one on Joseph Duszak’s game-winning overtime goal, in Friday’s 4-3 win. He added one assist in Saturday’s 3-0 victory.
ECAC Goaltender of the Week: Jake Kielly, Clarkson (Austin Bruins)
Kielly earns Goalie of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Golden Knights to a weekend sweep against Michigan Tech. The junior stopped 51 of the 53 shots he faced between Friday and Saturday for a .962 save percentage, allowing Clarkson to improve to 6-4 on the year.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Trevor Gorsuch, Western Michigan (Michigan Warriors)
Gorsuch had arguably the best weekend of his career, backstopping the Broncos to their first ever sweep at North Dakota. On Friday, he made a career-high 32 saves, including half of those in the first period, in a 2-0 victory to record his second shutout of the season and of his career. It was also WMU’s first ever shutout against North Dakota as he earned First Star of the Game. A night later, Gorsuch was up to the task again, turning aside 30 shots in a 6-2 victory, with both UND goals coming on the power play. He finished the weekend with 62 saves on 64 shots for a .969 save percentage, while logging a 1.00 goals-against average and not allowing an even-strength goal all series. Gorsuch was the lone NCHC goalie to record two wins last weekend.
WCHA Forward of the Week: Jared Spooner, Minnesota State (Bismarck Bobcats)
Spooner accumulated a WCHA-best three goals and a league-high five points, helping No. 3 Minnesota State to a WCHA sweep of visiting Ferris State. The sophomore from Bismarck, N.D. had a one-goal, one-assist effort in Friday's 7-1 victory. He then scored the first two goals of Saturday's contest, later adding an assist in the Mavericks' 5-2 triumph. Spooner tied for second nationally with his three goals and tied for third with five points, while he also registered nine shots on goal and 17 faceoff wins on the weekend. This is Spooner's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and his second career honor.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Ashton Calder, Lake Superior State (Minnesota Wilderness)
Playing for his hometown Lakers, Calder's first collegiate goal and point was extra-special, as he netted the game-winning marker in Lake Superior State's 5-0 road win last Friday at then-No. 10 Bowling Green. The freshman from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. lit the lamp 15:29 into the contest, giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish (adding a goal in the second period and three more in the final stanza). Saturday night, Calder tallied his first collegiate assist on LSSU's first goal of the game, which tied the contest at 1-1. Calder's one goal, one game-winning goal and two points last weekend all tied for the WCHA rookie lead, while helping the No. 20 Lakers jump into the USCHO.com poll for the first time since Nov. 7, 2016. This is Calder's first career WCHA weekly award.
NAHL and Bismarck Bobcats alum Roope Hintz scored his first NHL goal (watch)
Former NAHL and Fairbanks Ice Dogs goalie Patrick Munson has signed with Nottingham in the EIHL (read)