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NAHL Alumni Update

November 13, 2019

Former NAHL and NAPHL forward Kieran Durgan was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week.

The NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled former NAHL goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and will have him serve as the team’s new backup goalie to Freddie Andersen. Kaskisuo, 26, was recalled Tuesday morning. Toronto needed a new backup after placing Michael Hutchinson on waivers Monday. Kaskisuo posted a 6-1-1 record with a 2.13 GAA and a .928 save percentage with the AHL Marlies. Kaskisuo played in the NAHL during the 2013-14 season for the Minnesota Wilderness and was named to the All-Midwest Division team that season. That season, he led all NAHL goalies with a 1.48 goals against average, a .944 save percentage and was second in shutouts with nine.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Kieran Durgan, Air Force (Shreveport/Aberdeen)
Kieran Durgan registered four points to lead Air Force to a sweep of Bentley. He tied his career high with two goals in the Falcons’ 3-2 win on Saturday, including scoring his first game-winner of the season. Durgan had two assists in Friday’s 4-2 win on Friday, his assists book-ending Air Force’s scoring on the night. Additionally, the sophomore had three blocks, won 14 faceoffs, and finished plus-2.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Brendon Michaelian, Robert Morris (Amarillo Bulls)
Michaelian had a breakout weekend as the Colonials swept Canisius with a pair of regulation wins. The lefty-shooter doubled his career total to date with four points (2g, 2a) vs. the Golden Griffins, factoring in on half of RMU's goals. He also took six shots, blocked five and was a plus-4 while playing significant special-teams time.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Alex Schilling, Air Force (Austin Bruins)
In just his second and third career starts, Schilling led Air Force to a sweep of Bentley. He posted a .934 saves percentage and a 2.00 GAA in the two games. Schilling set a then-career-high 24 saves in Friday’s 4-2 win, then topped that with 33 saves in the 3-2 win on Saturday.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Alex Peterson, Holy Cross (Amarillo Bulls)
Peterson was critical in Holy Cross’ win over Sacred Heart, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Pioneers. He had an unassisted goal just two minutes into the game to put the Crusaders up 1-0. Then, after about 52 minutes of scoreless hockey, Peterson came through again for Holy Cross, doubling their advantage with about six minutes to play.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Sam Malinski, Cornell (Bismarck Bobcats)
Malinski picks up his second consecutive Rookie of the Week honors after leading the league’s freshman in scoring once again, posting four points (1G, 3A) over the weekend. He scored the eventual game-winning goal against Brown on Friday, and added a pair of assists in Saturday’s win as well.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Mitchell Gibson, Harvard (Lone Star Brahmas)
In the first two starts of his collegiate career, Gibson was outstanding between the pipes for the Crimson, sending aside 63 of the 65 shots he faced. He made 31-saves in a shutout of Princeton on Friday, before stopping 32 of 34 against No. 15 Quinnipiac on Saturday, en route to a 2-0 weekend.
NCHC Rookie of the Week: Nolan Sullivan, Nebraska-Omaha (Aberdeen Wings)
Sullivan had a breakout weekend for the Mavericks, helping Omaha to a split with then-No. 12 Wisconsin. He recorded the first three points of his collegiate career against the Badgers in his fourth and fifth career games for UNO. In Friday’s 5-2 defeat, he scored his first career goal late in the third period to bring Omaha within a goal at 3-2. He was +1 in the loss and earned Second Star of the Game. A night later, Sullivan dished out a pair of assists, again doing damage in the third period by setting up a pair of goals less than three minutes apart to extend Omaha’s lead from 3-2 to a 5-2 victory. The centerman played on UNO’s top line Saturday, putting four shots on goal and he was again +1. Sullivan ended the weekend with a goal, two assists, six shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus. He also won 72.7 percent of his draws against the Badgers, going 16-6 in the faceoff circle.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Hunter Shepard, Minnesota-Duluth (Bismarck Bobcats)
Shepard backstopped Minnesota Duluth to a four-point weekend in its NCHC-opening series against top-ranked Denver. On Friday, he made 29 saves in a 3-3 overtime tie, while helping kill all three DU power plays with three short-handed saves. He also added a save during the 3-on-3 overtime session. The next night, Shepard turned aside 29 shots again in a 5-2 victory, handing Denver its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs co-captain made nine short-handed saves on Saturday, helping kill three of four Pioneer power plays. Shepard finished the series with a 1-0-1 record, while stopping 58 of 63 shots faced for a .921 save percentage, tops in the NCHC over the weekend, and a 2.41 goals-against average. On the season, Shepard is now 4-3-1 with a 2.36 GAA and upped his save percentage to .905.
WCHA Defenseman of the Week: Kyle Looft, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins)
Bemidji State freshman Kyle Looft recorded his first collegiate points in Bemidji State's 7-1 victory over Lake Superior State on Friday. The Mankato, Minn., native posted a pair of assists, including the helper on the game-winning goal as the Beavers hit the seven-goal mark for the first time since 2009. Looft finished third among WCHA rookies in scoring on the weekend and second among defenders. This is his first WCHA weekly honor.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield)
Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay stopped 48-of-49 shots in the Mavericks' two-game sweep at Michigan Tech over the weekend. The Downers Grove, Ill., native turned away all 31 shots he faced in Friday's 3-0 win for his sixth career shutout – and second of the season – before making 17 saves as MSU completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. McKay led the nation on the weekend in save percentage (.980) and shared the national lead in goals against average (0.50). His 48 saves ranked second in the WCHA. This is McKay's second goaltender of the week honor this season and the eighth career WCHA weekly award.
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