Adrian College’s Thompson and Entmaa
Sweep NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Adrian College senior Mathew Thompson (F - Bolton, Ontario) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and junior teammate Kevin Entmaa (G - Milton, Ontario) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Thompson came up clutch when it mattered the most to claim NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors from a deep field of nominees. Thompson came through with three goals in the two outings - scoring the game-winner in each contest. He tallied twice at #3/5 Trinity during a 4-1 decision, including the eventual winner at 40 seconds into the second period with AC leading 2-0 at that time. He broke a 1-1 tie in the third period as the Bulldogs edged #10/10 Utica, 2-1. Thompson is now tied for the NCAA Division III lead with seven power play and four game-winning goals.
Entmaa gives the Bulldogs the weekly award sweep as the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week, marking second straight week one school has swept the accolades. Entmaa racked up 70 saves and a miniscule 1.00 goals-against average in two victories over nationally-ranked teams. On Tuesday at #3/5 Trinity, Entmaa recorded a season-high 37 saves-including 13 in the third period alone when AC was outshot 14-7 and holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He followed that up with 33 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against #10/10 Utica. He now ranks third in school history with 35 career victories (35-10-2).
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Braydon Barker, Concordia
Barker tallied three assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Lawrence Saturday. The Falcons trailed 3-0 after one period but stormed back thanks in large part to Barker’s three helpers. In addition, CUW was down to four defensemen midway through the second period, forcing the freshman and a trio of others to play extended minutes down the stretch. Barker’s final assist came on Jim Pearson’s game-winning goal in overtime.
Tanner Bennett, Trine
Bennet played a crucial role in extending Trine’s winning streak to four this weekend with a pair of wins on the road. Bennett recorded his third goal, his first game-winner, of the season in the team’s 1-0 win on Friday. On Saturday, Bennett tallied an assist as part of the team’s 5-2 victory to finish the weekend with a team-high two points. Bennett also finished the weekend with 18 faceoff wins, second-most on the team.
Tim Faulkner, Aurora
Faulkner helped Aurora to a 1-1 weekend with a 3-2 win over Finlandia and then AU fell to St. Norbert 5-3. Faulkner was a +4 on the weekend while picking up a goal and two assists.
Lane King, Lawrence
King recorded his first career hat trick with Lawrence, and it was a natural hat trick as he scored the first three goals of the game at Concordia (Wis.). King also had a goal and an assist in Lawrence’s 3-1 victory at MSOE the night before. King now leads the NCHA in points per game, is tied for second in goals per game and tied for third in assists per game.
Josh Koepplinger, Lawrence
Koepplinger scored two goals and picked up an assist as Lawrence won 3-1 at No. 13 MSOE. He assisted on the game’s first goal, scored the game-winner and then added an empty-net goal to seal the victory. Koepplinger also added an assist in Lawrence’s 4-3 overtime loss at Concordia (Wis.) the following night.
Keegan Milligan, St. Norbert
Milligan scored four goals in Friday’s 7-0 win over Lake Forest, the first four-goal game for a Green Knights since February 2014.
Nick Monfils, Marian
Monfils had a hand in 5 of 7 Sabre goals as he had one of his best weekends of the season. Monfils had a pair of assists against CUW, one of which came on the game-winner, before he had a part in all three goals against No. 13 MSOE. He opened the scoring against the Raiders just 1:01 into the game before assisting a pair of goals in the second as the Sabres defeated the nationally-ranked Raiders.
Jim Pearson, Concordia
Pearson scored a goal in each game of a 1-1 weekend for the Falcons. On Saturday, Pearson capped off the Falcons comeback (trailed 3-0 after one period) with an overtime score with 1:56 left.
Davis Ross, St. Scholastica
In Wednesday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Hamline University, Ross recorded a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 2:20 left in regulation. For Ross, it was his second multi-goal game of the season, but his first collegiate game-winning goal.
Hunter Vorva, Marian
Vorva continued his hot start to the second half as he led Marian to a sweep of Concordia Wis. and No. 13 MSOE. Vorva only allowed one goal in each game and has yet to allow multiple goals in a game in the second half. The sophomore made 30 saves in a close game against CUW that was ultimately decided by two empty net goals, then made 24 saves as he defeated the Raiders for a second consecutive week. For the weekend, he posted a .964 save percentage from his 54 saves.
Brett Wagner, MSOE
Wagner scored the equalizer and assisted on the winner in 2-1 upset on #1 St. Norbert Tuesday.
Zach Woodman, MSOE
Woodman made 35 saves in 2-1 upset of #1 St. Norbert Tuesday. He stopped 61 shots and allowed four goals in weekend losses.
Brett Young, Trine
Young recorded the first shutout of his career on Friday in a 1-0 victory over King’s (Pa.) College. He then followed it up by securing his fourth victory of the year on Saturday. He finished the weekend with 32 saves and only allowed two goals, after receiving the start in both of Trine’s games over the weekend.