Northland’s DeBenedet and MSOE’s Woodman
Earn NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Northland College junior Lucas DeBenedet (F - International Falls, Minn.) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and MSOE senior Zach Woodman (G - Beloit, Wis.) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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DeBenedet helped Northland College to a victory and a tie to earn NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors. He tallied 7 points (4G/3A) overall, starting with a goal and assist in the Lumberjacks midweek 3-3 tie with Superior. He then recorded his first career hat trick Friday, lighting the lamp three times while adding two more assists in a victory over Trine. The big week helped him jump to second in the NCHA in total points (6-9-15) on the season.
Woodman is the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. A night after MSOE was upset, Woodman made his only appearance of the weekend to come to the rescue. He led the Raiders to a 2-1 victory over Aurora in a contest in which they got out-shot, 36-21, helping MSOE avoid falling out of the national rankings. He made 35 saves (.972 save percentage), holding the Spartans to an 0-for-7 showing on the power play.
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Braydon Barker, Concordia
Barker recorded three assists in the Falcons 1-1 weekend. The freshman blueliner tallied two assists in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Lake Forest while adding one helper in Friday’s home game against Aurora.
Cory Dunn, Adrian
In a defensive-minded week for the Bulldogs, Dunn increased his NCAA-leading assists total for defensemen to 12 in wins over St. Scholastica (4-1) and Northland (3-0). He had a plus-2 as he helped the team limit opponents to just 36 shots in two games. The penalty-kill unit also was 9-for-9 and Adrian has killed off 22 consecutive opponents’ power plays.
Will Gauthier, MSOE
Gauthier scored the game-winning goal at Aurora and finished at +1 for the weekend.
Nick Guiney, Concordia
Guiney had two points in Saturday’s 3-2 NCHA win at Lake Forest. Both of the freshman’s points came in the third period, including an assist on the power play game-winner.
Josh Koepplinger, Lawrence
Koepplinger recorded his first career hat trick in Lawrence’s 9-2 victory over Finlandia. It was the first hat trick for a Lawrence player since Blake Roubos did it against Gustavus Adolphus during the 2013-14 season. The nine goals scored by the Vikings matches the most goals by Lawrence in a game at the Appleton Family Ice Center, which has been Lawrence’s home since 1999.
Taylor McCloy, Adrian
In a 2-0 NCHA weekend sweep in which defenses ruled, McCloy shared the team lead with two points while recording a plus-2 and five shots on goal. He was credited with the game-winning goal, shorthanded, as the Bulldogs turned back Northland 3-0. He later assisted on Matt McNair’s shorthanded goal for insurance. Adrian also came from behind to defeat St. Scholastica 4-1. He is now third in school history with five short-handed goals and 14th overall in goal-scoring.
Nate Pionk, St. Scholastica
Pionk recorded a season-best three points in a 4-4 tie against Trine University (Ind.) on Saturday. Pionk scored two goals and assisted the game-tying goal. The three points are the most by a Saint this season.
Kyle Pouncy, Northland
Pouncy scored a big goal against UW-Superior as the Jacks would go on to skate to a 3-3. Pouncy also recorded 1 goal and two assists in the Jacks’ win over Trine University.
Corey Robertson, Trine
Robertson led Trine on the weekend with three goals in two games. In the Thunder’s tie with St. Scholastica on Saturday, Corey accounted for two of the teams four goals, including a go-ahead goal in the 16th minute of the third period that was crucial for the final outcome. Against Northland, he tallied one of the team three goals.
Zach Satalino, Lawrence
Satalino picked up his first four assists of the season, including a season-high three in Lawrence’s 9-2 win over Finlandia. Helped by Satalino’s effort, Lawrence tied the most goals (9) it has ever scored in a game at the Appleton Family Ice Center, Lawrence’s home rink since 1999. The three assists also ties the most by a Lawrence player this season.
Hunter Stewart, Marian
Stewart had a hand in three of the four Sabre goals over the weekend including the game-winner in overtime against Finlandia. Stewart added an assist in the win over the Lions and had an assist on the only goal Marian would score against St. Norbert.
Hunter Vorva, Marian
Vorva continued to stand on his head in goal for the Sabres posting a 2.50 goals against average as Marian defeated Finlandia before falling to No. 1 St. Norbert. Vorva stopped 44 shots on the weekend for an .898 save percentage. Against the Green Knights, all three goals he allowed came on the power play, one of which was a 5-on-3 opportunity.