NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Colin Bilek, F, Army West Point (Northeast Generals) - Army West Point senior Colin Bilek led the Black Knights to the program's first-ever weekend sweep of RIT with a goal and four assists against the Tigers. The Brighton, Mich., native’s goal came in the third period of game two to tie the game for Army. He capped his weekend by assisting on John Keranen's game-winning short-handed goal with 1:20 left in the contest. The winger had the Army power play rolling this weekend, recording three of his assists on the man-advantage. Bilek also contributed to a defensive effort that allowed only three goals and 50 shots on the weekend while blocking two in front of the Army net. This is his second AHA weekly honor this season.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Firriolo, D, Army West Point (Corpus Christi/Amarillo/WBS Knights) - Junior Anthony Firriolo made his presence known with his performance on the blue line against RIT. The Montville, N.J., native scored two goals - both coming on the power play - to help the Black Knights sweep RIT in a weekend series for the first time in program history. Firriolo also blocked four shots on the weekend while contributing to an Army defensive unit that allowed only three goals and 50 shots on net in two games against the Tigers. A result of his strong play, Firriolo played to a +2 rating this weekend. This is his third overall weekly honor this season and second Defensive Player of the Week nod. Firriolo earned Player of the Week honors on Oct. 25 and Defensive Player of the Week recognition on Oct. 4.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Gavin Abric, Army West Point (Maryland/Chippewa) - Army West Point sophomore Gavin Abric became the first Black Knight netminder to shutout the RIT Tigers after his 20-save effort in Army's 6-0 win on Saturday. Abric's second shutout of the season leads all Atlantic Hockey goaltenders entering the mid-season break. The Hayward, Wisc., native followed up his shutout effort with a 27-save night on Sunday to help Army secure the weekend sweep of the Tigers. In all, Abric stopped 47-of-50 shots in the series for 1.50 GAA on the weekend. This is his second AHA weekly honor this season.
CCHA Forward of the Week: Louis Boudon, Lake Superior State (Northeast Generals) - Lake Superior State junior forward Louis Boudon led the Lakers to a weekend sweep over the No. 19 Northern Michigan Wildcats with three goals and an assist in the pair of games. Boudon, who was tied for the team-lead in points over the weekend, notched an assist on the team’s fifth goal in Friday night’s 7-2 win over NMU. The Laker captain followed with a three-goal performance on Saturday night, netting his second hat trick of the season to lead the Lakers to a 4-1 win over the Wildcats. Boudon evened the game at one in the first period with an even strength goal and scored the eventual game winner late in the third period as he tallied a five-on-three power play goal. The Grenoble, France native capped off the hat trick with a shorthanded empty net goal to clinch the Laker win. Boudon also had an impressive weekend in the faceoff circle for the Lakers as the centerman won 30 of the 43 draws he took. After the four-point effort against the Wildcats, Boudon has totaled 27 points this season to rank second in the CCHA (11G, 16A).
CCHA Goaltender of the Week: Christian Stoever, Bowling Green (New Jersey/WBS Knights) - Freshman Christian Stoever spent nearly four periods in net for the Bowling Green Falcons, allowing just one goal in 78:48 of game time. Stoever was the netminder in the third period on Friday, making 11 saves. The following night, he spent the entire game between the pipes and made a career-best 41 saves, including 18 in the third period. Stoever held the Falcons to a 2-1 victory on Saturday, finishing the weekend with 52 saves, a .981 save percentage, and .076 GAA.
ECAC Player of the Week: TJ Friedmann, F, Quinnipiac (Springfield Jr. Blues) – Friedmann led all ECAC Hockey skaters in scoring this week, scoring twice and dishing out a pair of assists in Quinnipiac’s weekend sweep of LIU. He assisted twice in Friday’s 4-1 win before finding the back of the net twice, including the eventual game-winner, in a 5-0 win over the Sharks on Saturday. The Bobcats have now won five straight games, and are unbeaten in their last 13.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Connor Murphy, Union (Topeka RoadRunners) - Murphy was a workhorse this weekend, making 89 saves in Union’s two-game set at Maine. His strongest performance came on Friday when he turned aside 51 of 52 shots to help the Dutchmen earn a 1-1 tie against the Black Bears. Murphy now leads all ECAC Hockey goaltenders with 499 saves this season, and ranks second with a .922 save percentage.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Caden Villegas, F, Union (Springfield Jr. Blues) – Villegas was outstanding for the Dutchmen on Saturday, factoring on all three goals. He registered his first collegiate point with an assist on Union’s first goal of the night, before potting his first NCAA Hockey goal in the third period. He also added another helper late in the third, capping off a three point night and weekend.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Isaiah Saville, Omaha (Minnesota Magicians) - Saville had a strong showing at No. 4 Western Michigan last weekend, backstopping Omaha to a split on the road. On Friday, the Vegas Golden Knights prospect made 24 saves and allowed three goals (only one even strength) in a 4-2 defeat. It was the next night that Saville really shined, however, as he made a season-high 41 saves Saturday, stopping every shot he faced for his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Each save was needed, as well, in the 1-0 win, as the junior turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the third period with Omaha holding a narrow lead. He also made nine saves short-handed to kill off all five WMU power plays in the game. Saville finished the weekend with 65 saves on 68 shots faced, allowing only three goals (one a penalty shot and one on the power play) for a .956 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average. On the season, Saville is now 9-4-0 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA in 13 starts. His three shutouts tie for sixth nationally.
ECHL Goalie of the Week: Jake Kupsky, Idaho Steelheads (Lone Star Brahmas) - Kupsky went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .961 in two appearances against South Carolina last week. The 26-year-old stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win on Friday and made 23 saves in a 4-1 victory on Saturday. A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Kupsky is 6-2-0 with two shutouts in nine appearances this season, and leads the ECHL with a 1.60 goals-against average and is tied for sixth with a .928 save percentage.
SPHL Player of the Week: Alec Hageman, F, Peoria Rivermen (Topeka RoadRunners) - Hagaman scored two goals and added three assists as Peoria swept a pair of games from Knoxville. On Friday, the Dunlap, IL native scored once and assisted on two others as Peoria overcame a 4-2 deficit to defeat Knoxville 5-4 in a shootout. Hagaman came back the next night with a goal and an assist, scoring the tying goal with less than six minutes remaining in regulation as the Rivermen again rallied from a two-goal deficit to down the Ice Bears 5-4.