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NAHL Alumni Update

October 25, 2023

Former NAHL MVP and Aberdeen Wings goaltender Jake Sibell was named the CCHA Goalie of the Week.

Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Hedden, Air Force (Shreveport Mudbugs) - Air Force sophomore Chris Hedden matched his career high with three assists in the Falcons’ 4-3 overtime win at Alaska Anchorage on Saturday. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native had the primary assist on Air Force's first three goals as the Academy rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime. Hedden registered assists on short-handed, power-play and even-strength goals. He finished the weekend with five shots on goal and a blocked shot. This is his first career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor.

B1G #2 Star: Jake Barczewski, G, Michigan (Janesville Jets) - Barczewski led Michigan to a four-point weekend versus Ohio State by turning away 67 of 70 shots for a .957 save percentage. He held the Buckeyes to a pair of even-strength goals in the series and earned his 100th collegiate start. Barczewski finished with 35 saves in Saturday’s 2-2 tie in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Canisius transfer receives his first Three Stars honor.

CCHA Defenseman of the Week: Kyle Looft, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins) - Looft led conference defensemen in goals (2) and points (3) last week, while posting a +1 in two games against nationally ranked Minnesota Duluth. He recorded eight shots on goal and blocked five at the defensive end of the ice. Highlighting the weekend was a two-goal, one-assist game on Saturday in which the Beavers fell, 5-4, in overtime. He ranks second among conference blueliners with four points in four games this year.

CCHA Goalie of the Week: Jake Sibell, St. Thomas (Aberdeen Wings) - Sibell went 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .938 save-percentage in one start last week for the Tommies. Making his second start of the season, he turned away 15-of-16 shots in a 3-1 St. Thomas victory over Lindenwood on Saturday night. Turning away both shots he faced while shorthanded, he helped the Tommies to a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. On the season, he is 1-1-0, with a 1.53 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

ECAC Defender of the Week: Nick Strom, RPI (Minot Minotauros) - Nick Strom (Jr., Rensselaer) is celebrated as the Defender of the Week for his commendable contributions on the blue line during the Engineers' away matchups against Boston College and Providence. Strom registered his first point of the season with an assist on Sutter Muzzatti's goal, kickstarting the second period against the Eagles. The blueliner rounded off the weekend with a favorable plus-minus rating of two and three blocked shots.

Hockey East Defender of the Week: Aaron Bohlinger, UMass (Philadelphia Rebels) - Aaron Bohlinger (Sr., D; Walden, N.Y.) logged three assists and finished with a plus-one rating while blocking seven shots in a two-game weekend road sweep of No. 9/20 Minnesota State. He had a pair of assists in Friday’s 6-3 victory and blocked three shots. On Saturday, he helped lead a UMass defense to a 1-0 shutout victory and picked up the primary assist on the game’s only tally while blocking four shots. He also helped UMass’ penalty kill go a perfect 14-for-14 on the weekend.

NCHC Co-Goaltender of the Week: Zach Stejskal, Minnesota-Duluth (WBS Knights) - Stejskal was strong in net to keep Minnesota Duluth unbeaten on the season with a home-and-home sweep of in-state foe Bemidji State. He recorded his first collegiate shutout on Friday in Duluth, stopping all 23 shots he faced in a 4-0 win to earn Third Star of the Game. The next night in Bemidji, Stejskal made 26 saves in a 5-4 overtime victory to cap the sweep. He allowed only two even-strength goals all weekend, while helping UMD go 10-for-12 on the penalty kill with nine short-handed saves.Stejskal finished the weekend with an NCHC-best 1.99 GAA, while matching UND’s Ludvig Persson with 49 saves and a .925 save percentage in the series against the Beavers. Stejskal improved to 2-0-2 on the season with a .917 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA.

NCHC Co-Goaltender of the Week: Ludvig Persson, North Dakota (Lone Star Brahmas) - Persson earned his second straight Goaltender of the Week nod after backstopping North Dakota to a split with No. 1 and long-time rival Minnesota last weekend in Grand Forks. In Friday’s 4-0 loss, he made 28 saves while allowing three goals. The next night, he turned aside 21 of 22 shots faced in a 2-1 victory to earn Second Star of the Game. Seven of his saves on the weekend came short-handed, as he helped UND finish a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Persson ended the series with a .925 save percentage, making 49 saves on 53 shots faced, which tied for the NCHC lead on the weekend with UMD’s Zach Stejskal. Persson also posted a 2.01 goals-against average against Minnesota. On the season, the Swede now carries a 3-1-0 record with a .937 save percentage and a 1.51 GAA, both tops among NCHC goalies with more than one game played.

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