NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: John Keranen, F, Army West Point (Minnesota Magicians) - Army West Point’s John Keranen led the Black Knights in scoring with three goals in their weekend series at Mercyhurst. The Delano, Minn., native began the weekend with a goal on three shots on goal with nine faceoff wins on Friday night against the Lakers. On Saturday, he netted Army’s opening goal and scored the overtime game-winner on a breakaway. The senior fired six shots on goal in the contest and won a team-high 13 faceoffs to up his season total to 238, which is tied for the Atlantic Hockey and NCAA lead. This is his first career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Logan Britt, D, Sacred Heart (Aberdeen Wings) - Sacred Heart senior Logan Britt scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the Pioneers’ 4-2 home win over RV/RV Northeastern on Dec. 6. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native recorded two shots on goal along with a blocked shot and finished the contest with a +1 rating. This is his fourth career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor and first this season.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Max Itagaki, F, Army West Point (Janesville Jets) - Army West Point’s Max Itagaki recorded a three-point weekend at Mercyhurst with a goal and two assists against the Lakers. The Glenview, Ill., native recorded a goal and assist in Friday’s series opener before setting up the Black Knights’ first goal in Saturday’s overtime win. Itagaki also fired six shots on goal in the series. This is his second Atlantic Hockey weekly honor of the season.
CCHA Goaltender of the Week: Alex Tracy, Minnesota State (Johnstown Tomahawks) - Tracy led all CCHA goalies in wins (2), goals-against average (1.50) and save percentage (.933) helping No. 16 Minnesota State to a road sweep of Bowling Green last week. He made 25 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Falcons on Friday, before turning away 17 in a 6-2 triumph on Saturday. For the weekend, he totaled 42 saves in 120:00 minutes, including 34-of-35 shots during 5-on-5 play.
ECAC Goaltender of the Week: Emil Zetterquist, St. Lawrence (Coulee Region Chill) – Zetterquist earns MAC Goaltending Goaltender of the Week after a two-win weekend that saw him earn his first shutout in the NCAA. On Friday, Zetterquist allowed just one goal against Yale and made 13 saves in a 2-1 win. Saturday’s contest saw Zetterquist make 31 saves for the clean sheet against Brown, his first of the season and of his career. He finished the weekend with a stat line of 44 saves, 0.50 goals against average, and a .978 save percentage.
Hockey East Rookie of the Week: Jens Richards, F, Vermont (Austin Bruins) - Jens Richards (Fr., F; Detroit Lakes, Minn.) had two points on a goal and an assist in Vermont’s 5-1 win over Dartmouth on Sunday.