NAHL Alumni Update
December 19, 2019
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Brennan Kapcheck, AIC (Aston Rebels)
Kapcheck had a pair of points and finished plus-1 in a 1-1-1 week for AIC. He had an assist and five blocks in a tight, 2-1 loss at Princeton on Tuesday. Then, in a low-scoring weekend series against Niagara, Kapcheck added another assist and six more blocks in a 1-0-1 weekend against the Purple Eagles, earning four conference points.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Anthony Firriolo, Army (Corpus Christi/Amarillo/WBS Knights)
Firriolo continued his breakout by having another career weekend as Army took five points against Robert Morris. He had three points, assisting on each of the game’s first three goals, in Saturday’s 4-0 win. Then, in Sunday’s 1-1 tie, Firriolo had two blocks.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Corbin Kaczperski, Yale (Lone Star Brahmas)
Kaczperski earns his second consecutive Goalie of the Week honors after backstopping Yale to a 3-1 win against Maine on Tuesday in New Haven. The Bulldog net minder stopped 31 of the 32 shot he faced for a .969 save percentage and 1.00 GAA.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Devin Cooley, Denver (Springfield Jr. Blues)
In his only start of the weekend, Cooley backstopped Denver to a 3-0 shutout of rival Colorado College last Friday at Magness Arena. He turned aside all 24 shots he faced, including 11 in the third period, for his first shutout of the season in only his third start/appearance this year. It was his fifth career whitewash after four last season. Of his 24 saves, four came short-handed as he helped kill all three CC power plays. Cooley was tabbed First Star of the Game Friday for his efforts. With his 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average on Friday night, he upped his season save percentage to .958 and lowered his GAA to 0.98 on the year. Cooley is now 2-0-1 in his three starts this season after recovering from an injury.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Mareks Mitens, Lake Superior State (Aston Rebels)
Lake Superior State junior Mareks Mitens led the Lakers to a weekend split against then-No. 10/10 Bowling Green. The Ventspils, Latvia netminder started both games for the Lakers and played 119:41 in net, stopping 64-of-67 shots. In the series opener, Mitens allowed one goal in the 2-0 loss making a season-high 35 saves in 58:03 minutes played. On Saturday, Mitens allowed a pair of goals but made 29 saves in the effort to help secure the overtime win for Lake State. Mitens' weekend save percentage (.950) led the WCHA, while his 64 saves were second most, and his 1.50 goals against average ranked fourth among his league counterparts. This is Mitens' second career WCHA weekly award.
SPHL Player of the Week: Alec Brandrup, Huntsville Havoc (Coulee Region/Fairbanks)
The SPHL announced that defenseman Alec Brandrup of the Huntsville Havoc was named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for December 9-15.Brandrup helped the Havoc to a weekend sweep of Fayetteville, scoring one goal and adding four assists as Huntsville won a pair of overtime thrillers. On Friday, the Rochester, MN native picked a most opportune time for his first goal of the season. After Huntsville pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, Brandrup netted the tying goal with only eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Huntsville then scored just 1:33 into the extra period to take the extra point, 4-3. Brandrup had another strong offensive game from the blue line on Saturday by assisting on three goals, including the overtime game-winner, as Huntsville defeated Fayetteville 6-5.