NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Max Harper, Air Force (Topeka Roadrunners)
Max Harper registered four points to help lead Air Force to a sweep over Canisius. His 2.0 points per game tied as the most by any player in the league and he trailed by just one point in overall scoring. Harper had an assist and blocked one shot in game one. Then in game two, he had career highs of two goals and three points, including scoring the game-winner in the second period.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Kyle McClellan, Mercyhurst (Austin Bruins)
In a very defensive series, Kyle McClellan helped Mercyhurst to a weekend split with Niagara. He opened the weekend series with a 22-save, 1-0 shutout victory, the first shutout of his young career. The following night, McClellan made 25 saves and allowed two goals in what became a 2-1 road loss. McClellan was tops in the league in save percentage and second in goals against average for the week.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Nate Horn, Air Force (Minnesota Wilderness)
Nate Horn had four points to help lead the Falcons to a sweep over Canisius. His 2.0 points per game was the best by any league freshman and tied him with teammate Max Harper for most this week. Horn had one assist in the first game and posted career highs of two goals and three points in game two.
WCHA Forward of the Week: Hampus Eriksson, Lake Superior State (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Lake Superior State senior Hampus Eriksson led the Lakers to three consecutive wins this week as the Lakers earned a 3-1 road win at then-No. 18/RV Michigan Tech and a home sweep against Alabama Huntsville. Eriksson posted at least a point in each of the three games, starting with an assist in the Lakers' win against the Huskies. In Friday's 2-1 win against Alabama Huntsville, the forward recorded the primary assist on the game-tying goal. Eriksson posted two points in Saturday's 4-1 win including the game-winning goal as well as the primary assist on the Lakers' third goal. The Forsbacka, Sweden native tied for first in points and assists among all WCHA skaters this week. His final point of the week was the 60th of his collegiate career. He ended the week riding a four-game point streak. This is Eriksson's first career WCHA weekly honor.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Zach Driscoll, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins)
Bemidji State junior Zach Driscoll finished one stop shy of his career-high save total turning aside 47 shots in a 4-1 victory at then-No. 18/RV Michigan Tech Friday. The Apple Valley, Minn., native also backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that was a perfect five-for-five in the series opener. In Friday's game he climbed into ninth place on BSU's all-time saves list (2,179). Driscoll added 33 saves in Saturday's 2-1 win to preserve the Beavers' second WCHA series sweep of 2020-21. Saturday's win also pulled him into a tie with Matt Climie (2004-08) for 10th place on BSU's all-time wins list with 45. Driscoll's 80 saves in the series with the Huskies were the most by any netminder nationally on the weekend and a WCHA season high for saves in a series. He leads the WCHA and sits sixth in the country with 504 saves this season. This is Driscoll's ninth career WCHA weekly honor and his third this season.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Tyrone Bronte, Alabama Huntsville (WBS Knights)
Alabama Huntsville forward Tyrone Bronte led all WCHA freshmen last week with three points on a goal and two assists in the Chargers' four games with Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State. The Melbourne, Australia native also blocked a pair of shots and fired five shots on goal against the Wildcats and Lakers. Bronte opened the scoring in the Chargers' 3-1 win at Northern Michigan on Tuesday before adding assists in Wednesday's contest with NMU and in UAH's series finale at Lake Superior State on Saturday. This is Bronte's third career WCHA Rookie of the Week honor.
ECHL Player of the Week: Zach Pochiro, Ft. Wayne Komets (Wichita Falls Wildcats)
Zach Pochiro of the Fort Wayne Komets is the ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 15-21. Pochiro scored five goals in three games against Wheeling last week. The 26-year-old scored once in both a 4-1 win on Friday and a 4-2 victory on Saturday before recording a hat trick in a 6-2 win on Sunday. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Pochiro has recorded 162 points (70g-92a) in 213 career ECHL games with Fort Wayne, Allen, Norfolk, Quad City, Alaska and Kalamazoo. During the 2018-19 season, he finished third in the league with 34 goals for Allen. Pochiro has added two assists in six career American Hockey League games with Chicago and Bakersfield.