NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Connor Hasley, G, Bentley (Odessa Jackalopes) - Bentley freshman Connor Hasley stopped an Atlantic Hockey weekend single-game high 40-of-42 shots in Bentley’s 2-0 defeat at Air Force on Saturday. The North Tonawanda, N.Y., native stopped 33-of-33 shots at even strength as both Air Force tallies in the contest came on the power play. The 40 save-performance is a season and career high and ties for the third-highest save total in Atlantic Hockey this season. This is his second career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor.
CCHA Defenseman of the Week: Will Zmolek, Bemidji State (Minnesota Wilderness) - Zmolek helped Bemidji State to a road split at Northern Michigan, picking up a goal and an assist to lead all CCHA defensemen with two points. He scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-1 victory and was tied for the team lead by going +2 on the weekend with two blocked shots.
CCHA Goaltender of the Week: Mattias Sholl, Bemidji State (Fairbanks Ice Dogs) - Sholl started both games between the pipes in the Beavers' series split at Northern Michigan, going 1-1-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a league-best .967 save percentage. He allowed only two goals, while making 58 total saves in 118:51 of action. He turned aside 33-of-34 shots in the Beavers 2-0 loss on Friday night, before stopping 25-of-26 shots on Saturday to earn his third win of the season.
CCHA Rookie of the Week: Joey Larson, Northern Michigan (New Mexico Ice Wolves) - Larson paced all CCHA rookies with two points on a goal and an assist in the Wildcats’ weekend split with Bemidji State. He assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in Friday night’s 2-0 victory over the Beavers, before netting his team’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat on Saturday. For the weekend, he was even with a league-best nine shots on goal.
NCHC Forward of the Week: Jared Wright, Denver (Minot Minotauros) - Wright had a breakout weekend to help Denver earn its first sweep at North Dakota since 2010. He totaled four points in the series with two each night, which were the first four points of his college career. On Friday, Wright tallied his first career point with a primary assist to help put DU up 2-1, then scored his first collegiate goal in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. His first career goal also served as the game-winner as DU won, 3-2. A night later, Wright continued his big weekend with a pair of goals for his first multi-goal game. His first goal put DU ahead 4-2 in the third period, which turned out to be the game-winner. The Los Angeles Kings draft pick then sealed the 6-3 victory and sweep on Saturday with an empty-net goal. Wright ended the weekend with three goals, including both game-winning goals, and an assist. He fired seven shots on goal in the series, including five on Saturday, and posted a +4 plus/minus against UND (+2 each night). Wright also blocked four shots on the weekend. Wright’s three goals this season (12 games) already put him in a tie for fourth on the Pioneers’ team.