NAHL Alumni Update
February 21, 2019
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Matt Ladd, Canisius (New Jersey Titans)
Matt Ladd stopped 70-of-73 shots faced in a two-game split at Air Force last weekend. He made 31 saves on 34 shots faced in Friday’s loss, then came back with a 39-save shutout in a 3-0 Canisius victory on Saturday night, the first shutout of the young netminder’s career.
B1G Hockey #1 Star: Nathan Burke, Minnesota (Aberdeen Wings)
Burke tied for the Big Ten points lead with four points on two goals and two assists with a +4 rating in Minnesota’s series sweep at No. 2/3 Ohio State. He opened the weekend with his first career three-point game, scoring a goal and adding two assists in a 4-3 win on Friday. He then added another goal on Saturday, scoring in back-to-back games for the first time as a Gopher. This is his first career weekly award.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Devin Cooley, Denver (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Cooley was as cool as could be in his first game back from injury and illness on Saturday night at then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth. After sitting out Friday’s 5-2 loss, which was his ninth straight missed game, he started Saturday’s game and showed no signs of rust. Cooley stopped all 27 shots he faced to backstop Denver to a 1-0 shutout at UMD, he third shutout of the season and second against the Bulldogs this season. Thirteen of his 27 saves came in the third period as he shut the door on any possible UMD comeback and also helped kill both Bulldog power plays to earn First Star of the Game. Cooley collected his ninth win of the season Saturday and first since Dec. 28, while his 1.000 save percentage upped his season save percentage to .934 (from .929) and lowered his goals-against average to 1.93 (from 2.08).
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Zach Driscoll, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins)
Bemidji State's Zach Driscoll backstopped Bemidji State to a five-point series victory versus Northern Michigan, Feb. 15-16, helping the Beavers to move into a tie for fourth place in the WCHA standings with four games to play. After a 16-save, 65-minute performance Friday to earn a tie and put the Beavers in position to steal the extra point in 3-on-3 overtime play, he recorded his third shutout of the season Saturday. He made 21 saves in the 3-0 win. In addition he served as the last line of defense in a BSU penalty-kill unit that finished the weekend a perfect 5-for-5 and has not allowed a power play goal in 12 games and 39 opportunities. Driscoll finished the weekend with 37 saves on 39 shots for a .949 save percentage and posted a 0.96 goals against average allowing two short-handed goals in 125:00 between the pipes and two starts.