NAHL Alumni Update
January 2, 2020
Matt Jurusik (Janesville Jets), Eric Gotz (Minnesota Wilderness), and Trenton Bliss (Coulee Region Chill) were all named to the All-Tournament Team of the Great Lakes Invitational as they led Michigan Tech to the title (read)
Former NAHL goaltender Jack LaFontaine (Janesville Jets) was named the MVP of the Mariucci Classic (read)
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: John Zimmerman, Army (Lone Star/Fairbanks)
John Zimmerman helped lead Army to a come-from-behind victory over UNH in front of a sellout crowd at Tate Rink to open the second half of the season. He recorded two assists in the game, including assisting on the game-winning goal midway through the third period. Zimmerman also blocked three shots and finished with an even rating as the Black Knights beat the Wildcats, 5-4.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Jacob Barczewski, Canisius (Janesville Jets)
Jacob Barczewski stopped 50-of-51 shots faced as he backstopped Canisius to a sweep of conference foe Holy Cross last weekend. He came in to relieve injured starter Matt Ladd in Saturday’s game, stopping all 17 shots faced in what became a 5-2 victory, his first collegiate victory. Then on Sunday, Barczewski made 33 saves in the 3-1 win in the series finale.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Anthony Firriolo, Army (Corpus Christi, Amarillo, WBS Knights)
Anthony Firriolo continues to find his way into the scoresheet as he scored his third goal in December and registered a point for the fourth time in his last five games in Army’s 5-4 win over New Hampshire. Firriolo’s goal broke a 2-2 tie at the beginning of the second period, briefly giving the Black Knights a 3-2 lead. He also had two blocks and finished plus-2 as Army scored two goals in the third to rally for the win.
ECAC Player of the Week: Drew O’Connor, Dartmouth (New Jersey Titans)
O’Connor led the league in goals (3) and points (5) this week on his way to an All-Tournament selection in the 2019 Ledyard Classic. O’Connor scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Colorado College, both coming on special teams as he notched both a power play and man-down tally. He added a goal and assist in Sunday’s game, helping the Big Green overcome a two-goal deficit to win the 31st annual Ledyard Classic.
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Stefanos Lekkas recorded back-to-back shutouts to lead Vermont in consecutive 2-0 wins over Union and Lake Superior State. The senior netminder tallied 26 saves against Union and 31 against Lake Superior to finish the weekend with 57 saves and become the first Vermont goaltender to post back-to-back blank sheets since 2010.
SPHL Player of the Week: Jake Kupsky, Pensacola (Lone Star Brahmas)
The SPHL announced that goaltender Jake Kupsky of the Pensacola Ice Flyers was named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for December 23-29. Kupsky went 3-0-0, posting a 1.97 goals against average and 0.922 save percentage, to help the Ice Flyers move to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and maintain their hold on second place in the SPHL standings.