NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month: Blake Bennett, F, AIC (Corpus Christi IceRays) - AIC’s Blake Bennett led Atlantic Hockey in scoring with 13 points on seven goals and six assists in October. The Grand Island, N.Y., native registered nine of his points (4g-5a) in the Yellow Jackets’ four AHA contests. His 13 total points tie him for third in the nation. Bennett recorded four multi-point games in October – two-point nights at Niagara (0g-2a) and at home vs. Lindenwood (1g-1a) and three-point outings at Niagara (2g-1a) on Oct. 15 and at Army West Point (1g-2a) on Oct. 28. This is his second career Atlantic Hockey monthly honor.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month: Alexandros Aslanidis, AIC (Minnesota Magicians) - AIC’s Alexandros Aslanidis finished October atop the Atlantic Hockey goals-against average list with a 1.86 GAA and also topped the conference in save percentage with a .927 mark. The Moorestown, N.J., native was 4-1-0 in five starts, which included a 2-0 slate against Atlantic Hockey competition. He picked up his first AIC shutout with a 5-0 blanking of Lindenwood on Oct. 22 and allowed just nine goals on 123 shots in October. This is his first career Atlantic Hockey monthly honor.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month: Connor Hasley, G, Bentley (Odessa Jackalopes) - Bentley’s Connor Hasley posted a 2-1 record in three starts in his debut month with the Falcons. The North Tonawanda, N.Y., native backstopped Bentley to a 5-1 win over Maine in his first collegiate start on Oct. 15 with a 33-save performance to earn AHA Goaltender of the Week accolades. He made 27 saves in his second victory over Lindenwood on Oct. 29. Hasley finished the month with a .913 save percentage with 84 saves on 92 shots and a 2.45 goals-against average. This is his first career Atlantic Hockey monthly honor.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Koch, Air Force (Coulee Region Chill) - Air Force’s Brandon Koch matched his career high with two goals to lead Air Force to a 6-3 win over cross-town rival Colorado College on Saturday. The win forced a tie in the battle for the Pikes Peak Trophy. With Air Force leading 4-3 late second period of game two, The Hastings, Minn., native scored two power-play goals in a span of 2:20 to give the Falcons a three-goal lead. Koch also recorded five shots on goal in the series with the Tigers. This is his second career Atlantic Hockey weekly award and first of the season.
CCHA Forward of the Month: AJ Vanderbeck, Northern Michigan (Lone Star Brahmas) - Vanderbeck led all CCHA skaters in goals (6), points (13), points per game (1.44), multi-point games (4), game-winning goals (2), shorthanded goals (1), shots (52) and shots per game (5.78) in the month of October, while playing in nine of the Wildcats 10 games. Nationally, he ranks third in both game-winning and shorthanded tallies, while sitting 13th in points per contest. Once earning CCHA Forward of the Week this season, he has one four-point game and three two-goal games to his credit.
CCHA Rookie of the Month: Beni Halasz, Northern Michigan (New Mexico Ice Wolves) - Halasz posted a 3-4-0 record with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in seven October games (6 starts) for the Wildcats. He is second among all NCAA Division I rookies in goals-against average, save percentage and total saves (173). The first ever Hungarian goalie to dress for an NCAA game, he earned his first collegiate victory on October 8, when he made 27 saves at Colgate in a 4-1 triumph. He earned CCHA Rookie of the Week in the final week of the month.
CCHA Forward of the Week: Louis Boudon, Lake Superior State (Northeast Generals) - Boudon paced all CCHA skaters with three goals and an assist last week for four points, helping the Lakers to a split with Clarkson. The Lake Superior State captain recorded one goal on the power-play, one shorthanded and one at even-strength, with league-highs in face-off wins (28) and shots on goal (11), while posting a +3 for the weekend.
CCHA Rookie of the Week: Beni Halasz, Northern Michigan (New Mexico Ice Wolves) - Halasz went 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in two starts last week, helping the Wildcats to a split with Alaska. He made 20 stops in a 2-1 loss on Friday, before turning away 26 in a 3-2 victory on Saturday. For the weekend, he saved 10-of-11 shots while shorthanded.
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Connor Murphy, Union (Topeka RoadRunners) - Murphy made 53 saves en route to a weekend split against Rensselaer. On Friday, he made 30 saves on 32 shots and was the last line of defense during three successful penalty kills. He earned his first shutout of the season in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of the Engineers, making 23 saves and defending against six Rensselaer power plays.
ECAC Rookie of the Week: Cal Mell, Union (Janesville Jets) - Mell tallied three assists from the blue line in the Dutchmen’s 6-0 win over Rensselaer on Saturday, setting a single-game high. All three of Mell’s points came on the power play, where he helped the team convert on 75% of their opportunities and powered the team to a weekend split with the Engineers.