NAHL Alumni Update
March 4, 2020
ECAC Player of the Month: Todd Burgess, RPI (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Burgess put together the best month of his collegiate career, finding the back of the net nine times, and leading the Engineers to a 6-3 record. His nine goals led both the league and the nation, and he added three assists to pace ECAC Hockey in points (12). The senior finished February with a +10 plus-minus rating, and a 32.1% shooting percentage.
ECAC Rookie of the Month: Nick Abruzzese, Harvard (New Jersey Titans)
Abruzzese (earns Rookie of the Month honors for the third straight month, continuing to improve upon one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in recent history. He finished the month with 12 more points (3G, 9A), which was the most amongst league freshman, and tied for the most of all skaters. He leads the league and ranks third in the country in points per-game with 1.34.
WCHA Defenseman of the Month: Will Riedell, Lake Superior State (New Jersey/Austin)
Lake Superior State's Will Riedell tied for first among WCHA defensemen in goals with three, assists with six and points with nine. The nine-point effort in the month of February established new season highs for the junior in goals with five, assists with 11, and points with 16. Riedell tallied points in five of the Lakers eight games in the month with three multi-point games, including a career-best three-assist effort against Michigan Tech on Feb. 7. The Greensboro, N.C., native led the Lakers with a +8 rating in the month, which was second best among league defenders. Riedell ranked second on the Lakers in points in February and also contributed seven blocked shots.
WCHA Goaltender of the Month & Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield)
Minnesota State's Dryden McKay earned his third WCHA Goaltender of the Month honor of the season in February after leading the league in goals against average (1.14) and shutouts (three) while sharing the WCHA lead in wins with five (5-1-1). The Downers Grove, Ill., native was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week twice during month. His first honor came following MSU's sweep of Northern Michigan, Feb. 7-9, when he stopped 43-of-46 shots for 1.50 goals against average and .935 save percentage. He made 21 saves in a 7-3 game one victory and then picked up his eighth shutout of the season by stopping all 22 shots in a 1-0 triumph the following night. The shutout also gave him a school-record 12 for his Minnesota State career, a number he has since extended to 14. He earned his second weekly honor following a home sweep over Alabama Huntsville, Feb. 21-22, with back-to-back shutouts over the Chargers.
WCHA Rookie of the Month & Week: Louis Boudon, Lake Superior State (Northeast Generals)
Lake Superior State's Louis Boudon led all WHCA rookies in assists with six and points with eight in the month of February. The Grenoble, France native is riding an active five-game point streak as he has scored all eight points in the past five contests, which includes a pair of multi-point games. It marks the second time in his first season that Boudon has recorded a five-game point streak. In that span the Lakers have posted a 4-1-0 record and an overall record of 5-2-1 in the month of February. The freshman forward notched his first career game-winning goal in the Lakers 4-2 win over Ferris State on Feb. 29 while also adding two assists in the game to record his third three-point game of the season. With his eight-point performance in the month, Boudon ranks second among all freshman in the WCHA in points this season with 26 and is one of two freshmen in the league with 20 or more assists this season. The kinesiology major is one of seven players in the WCHA to register at least 20 assists this season.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Jack Billings, Niagara (Janesville Jets)
Jack Billings led Atlantic Hockey in scoring last weekend, pacing the league, and Niagara, with five points on two goals and three assists. He had the first, and eventual game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-0 win over Robert Morris, then came back the next day with four points, on a goal and three assists in a 5-2 victory. The wins propelled Niagara into 5th place and into the last first place bye.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Chad Veltri, Niagara (Corpus Christi IceRays)
Veltri finished off his first regular season in style, leading Niagara to a sweep of Robert Morris which vaulted the Purple Eagles into the number 5 seed and booked a quarterfinal series at Army in two weeks. He stopped 25 shots in recording his second shutout of the month, then made 32 saves in Niagara’s 5-2 win in the regular season finale.
B1G Second Star: Logan Lambdin, Michigan State (Port Huron Fighting Falcons)
Lambdin recorded a goal and an assist in both games at Notre Dame, his first multi-point games of the season, to help the Spartans to a four-point weekend. He registered the primary assist on Dennis Cesana's game-winning goal before scoring the third goal in Friday’s 3-1 victory. He also gave Michigan State a 1-0 lead before earning the primary assist on Josh Nodler's goal to double the Spartan lead on Saturday. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his first career weekly award.
ECAC Player of the Week: Drew O’Connor, Dartmouth (New Jersey Titans)
O’Connor has quickly become one of the top goal-scoring threats in the country in his sophomore season, and this weekend was no different. He led the league and the nation in goals, scoring four times, including his first-career hat trick in Friday’s 5-3 win over Union. He finished the regular-season ranking first in the league and second in the nation in goals per-game (0.72).
Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week: Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Stefanos Lekkas stopped 53 of 56 shots in Vermont's weekend sweep over 13th-ranked Northeastern. The senior netminder finished the weekend with a .946 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average. With his 53 stops, he moved into eighth all-time on the NCAA saves list with 3,869.
NCHC Player of the Week: Casey Gilling, Miami (Minnesota Wilderness)
Gilling broke out of a slump with an NCHC-best five-point weekend to lead Miami to a sweep of Omaha, the RedHawks first conference sweep since January of 2017. Prior to the weekend, Gilling had only one point in his last eight games, but earned Second Star of the Game both nights after multi-point outings. In Friday’s opener, Gilling dished out a pair of assists on Miami’s first two goals, with his first helper coming on the game-winning goal and his second occurring on the power play in a 3-0 victory. He fired four shots on goal Friday and was +1. A night later, Gilling chipped in three points on a goal and two more helpers in a 4-0 blanking. He had a hand in MU’s final three goals, handing out another power play assist to make it 2-0, while scoring the RedHawks’ third goal and picking up his final assist a few minutes later in the third period to cap the scoring. Gilling was +3 Saturday with five shots on goal. Gilling completed the sweep with a goal, four assists, a +4 plus/minus and nine shots on goal. Two of his assists came on the power play, while he also blocked two shots and won 19 faceoffs in the series. On the season, Gilling is third on the team with a career-best 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists.
ECHL Goalie of the Month: Tomas Sholl, Idaho Steelheads (Fresno Monsters)
Tomas Sholl of the Idaho?Steelheads has been selected as the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February. It is the second time this season, and third time in his career, that Sholl has received the monthly honor. Sholl went 7-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.74 goals-against average and save percentage of .939 in eight appearances in?February. The 25-year-old allowed two goals or less in six of eight appearances while making at least 25 saves seven times. He posted his 11th career ECHL?shutout on Feb. 7 with 24 saves against Utah and ended the month on a four-game winning streak.
SPHL Player of the Week: Jake Howie, Pensacola Ice Flyers (Minot Minotauros)
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that defenseman Jake Howie of the Pensacola Ice Flyers has been named the SPHL Player of the Week for February 24-March 1. Howie scored three goals, including both game-winners, as Pensacola traveled to Peoria and swept the first-place Rivermen. With the wins, the Ice Flyers moved to within two points of third place in the SPHL standings. On Friday, the Grand Blanc, MI native’s goal early in the third period broke a 1-1 tie as Pensacola held on over the final 16 minutes to defeat Peoria 2-1. The following night, Howie scored a first-period power play goal to knot the score at one before netting his second game-winner of the weekend at 2:13 of overtime, leading the Ice Flyers to a 3-2 win.