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NAHL Alumni Update

March 21, 2024

Former Jr. Blue and BU Terrier captain Patrick Curry recorded 7 points last week (Photos: Taylor Wolfram, ECHL)

We begin this week’s alumni update by spotlighting former NAHL netminder Kyle McClellan. The former Austin Bruin has been lights all out season for the University of Wisconsin, boasting a 24-11-1 record in 36 appearances for the Badgers. Throughout those games, Kyle combined for a 1.92 goals against average and .931 save percentage. The Manchester, Missouri native played in the 2018-2019 season for the Bruins, defending Austin’s crease for 44 games and recording a 2.29 GAA and .915 save %. McClellan has been recognized as the Big Ten Conference’s Goaltender of the Year as well as a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Weekly Honors

Atlantic Hockey 

Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week: Nils Wallström, AIC (Kenai River Brown Bears) - Wallstrom once again came up big in net for AIC in a playoff series win. The Skelleftea, Sweden, native allowed one goal over the final eight periods of play against second-seeded Holy Cross, a stretch of 138:01 between tallies allowed. In total, he stopped 94-of-98 shots in the series for a .959 save percentage on the weekend. Included in his wins were a 32-save shutout in game two and a 45-stop showing in the finale. This is his third career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor.



CCHA Defenseman of the Week: Eric Pohlkamp, Bemidji State (Minnesota Magicians) - Pohlkamp helped Bemidji State extend its unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1) last week, scoring a goal in a 4-1 victory over Lake Superior State in the Mason Cup Semifinals. Finishing at +2 on the night, he recorded four shots on goal and one block at the defensive end of the ice. 



ECHL Player of the Week: Patrick Curry, Kansas City Mavericks (Springfield Jr. Blues) - Curry scored three goals and added four assists for seven points in two games against Rapid City last week. The 28-year-old had a goal and dished out three assists in an 8-3 win on Friday and scored a pair of goals while adding an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss on Saturday. Under contract to Coachella Valley of the American Hockey League, Curry is tied for third in the ECHL with 31 goals and ranks second with 73 points in 60 games with the Mavericks this season.  


Yearly Honors

Atlantic Hockey 

Atlantic Hockey Best Defenseman: Brian Kramer, AIC (Corpus Christi IceRays) -  Kramer skates into the Atlantic Hockey Championship tied for seventh in scoring among AHA defensemen with 21 points despite missing five games this season due to injury. The Wexford, Pa., native’s scoring performance in conference play also ranked in the top-10 among defenders. He leads the Yellow Jackets in game-winning goals with three and is one of just two defensemen among the top-10 in that category in Atlantic Hockey. Kramer is the third AIC blueliner to earn Defenseman of the Year honors in the last four seasons, joining Brennan Kapcheck (2020-21) and Zak Galambos (2021-22).



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