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NAHL Alumni Update

February 27, 2019

Former NAHL and Minnesota Wilderness forward Ashton Calder was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Chase Blackmun, UMass Lowell (Janesville Jets)
Chase Blackmun (Hudson, Wis.) totaled four points (2g, 2a) and 10 shots on goal in a key three-point weekend for UMass Lowell. He tallied a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in Friday's 6-3 win at home.
 
WCHA Forward of the Week: Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan (Wenatchee Wild)
Northern Michigan's Troy Loggins finished the weekend with five points on two goals and three assists to lead the Wildcats to a sweep of then-No. 18 Lake Superior State. He dished out two assists in Friday's 4-2 win over the Lakers, and followed that performance by scoring the first two goals in NMU's Saturday 5-3 victory. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also assisted on the game-winning goal on Saturday. This is Loggins' first WCHA weekly honor of the season. He leads Northern in scoring and goals scored with 32 points on 17 goals and 15 assists. He ranks second in the WCHA in goals and is tied for fourth in points.
 
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan (Minot/MN Magicians)
Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen stopped 48 shots in the Wildcats' sweep of then-No. 18 Lake Superior State over the weekend. He finished with a .906 save percentage in the series while allowing just five goals for a 2.51 goals against average. The Hobey Baker candidate's two appearances in net for the Wildcats this weekend give him 131 games played, just two shy of the Northern Michigan career record. This is Tolvanen's fourth WCHA Goaltender of the Week award this season, tying him for the most among league netminders.
 
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Ashton Calder, Lake Superior State (MN Wilderness)
Lake Superior State forward Ashton Calder led all WCHA freshmen on the weekend in assists (3), points (4), assists per game (1.50), points per game (2.00), and plus-minus (+3). He also tied for second among WCHA freshmen with one goal scored. His four points were two more than the next-highest freshman total in the WCHA and tied for second nationally. He also led all NCAA freshmen in assists, while tying for the second-best plus-minus rating. Calder began the weekend with two assists in Friday's game at Northern Michigan. He assisted on the Lakers' first goal of the game that tied the score at 1-1 in the first period. He then assisted on the Lakers' second goal of the game that drew the Lakers to within one goal of the Wildcats at 3-2. On Saturday, Calder continued his strong play – tallying one goal, one assist, two points and a +3 rating as he was on the ice for each Laker goal. Calder assisted on the Lakers' second goal of the game that cut the Laker deficit to 3-2. Calder then tied the game at 3-3 with his fourth goal of the season in the second period.
 
The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tabbed Buffalo State's Andrew Husted (New Jersey Titans) with the league's Rookie of the Year honors. Husted, a freshman electrical engineering major, was the SUNYAC Rookie of the Week three times.  He finished second among all freshmen in the league with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists.  All nine of his goals came in league play, which was tops among all rookies. Buffalo State finished 11-13-2 overall and qualified for the SUNYAC playoffs for the ninth-consecutive season.  The Bengals lost in the quarterfinals against Fredonia, 3-2, in overtime.
 
NAHL grad Mitchell McPherson is part of a father-son duo with the Peoria Rivermen (read)
 
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