St. Norbert’s Bates and CUW’s Malvin Selected
For NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
St. Norbert College freshman Peter Bates (F - Evanston, Ill) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and Concordia University Wisconsin junior Nick Malvin (G - Ham Lake, Minn.) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Bates is the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week after netting a pair of game-winners over the past seven days. The freshman made his first two collegiate goals memorable, starting with the eventual winner in St. Norbert’s 3-0 win over Trine Friday night, followed less than two minutes later by an assist to make it 2-0 at the time. He one-upped that one game later, coming through when the stage was biggest. In the battle of the top two teams in the national polls, Bates lit the lamp with under a minute to play to send the Green Knights past Adrian, 4-3, in overtime Saturday.
Malvin improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2-0 week that earns him NCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for the Falcons. Malvin was outstanding with 60 saves - and just two goals allowed - over a pair of 3-1 NCHA victories this past weekend. The junior netminder stopped 29 shots in a win against St. Scholastica and then posted a 31-save performance, leading the Falcons past Northland. For the weekend, Malvin had a .968 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Josh Adkins, Concordia
Adkins scored three goals over a 2-0 weekend for the Falcons. On Friday, the sophomore forward struck twice in the first period, leading the Falcons to a 3-1 win over St. Scholastica. He added his third goal of the weekend in the third period of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Northland.
T.J. Black, St. Norbert
Black made 22 saves in 3-0 win over Trine, his ninth career shutout. He then turned away 24 shots in 4-3 overtime win over Adrian Saturday.
Rock Boynton, MSOE
Made 26 saves and allowed just one goal in collegiate debut, a 4-1 win over St. Scholastica.
Braden Crone, Marian
Crone had a three-point weekend to lead the Sabre offense. Crone had the lone score for the Sabres as they were defeated by the Foresters and added another goal in the win against Aurora. He also assisted the game-tying goal against the Spartans with only 26-seconds remaining that sent the game into overtime.
Louis-Philippe De Courcy, Lake Forest
De Courcy stopped 41 of 43 shots to help LFC to a pair of victories. He tallied 24 saves, including 11 in the final period, in the 3-1 triumph over Marian and turned away 18 of 19 shots from Lawrence in a 6-1 victory Saturday. He improved to 3-1-0 and is now ranked fourth in the nation with a .954 save percentage and sixth with a 1.23 GAA.
Garrett Gintoli, MSOE
Had a goal and assist in 5-3 win over Northland Friday. Gintoli then scored one power play goal and assisted on two other power play goals in 4-1 win over St. Scholastica Saturday.
Braden Hellems, Adrian
Tied for the Bulldogs D-men lead with three assists, including the primary helper on the game-tying goal to force overtime at St. Norbert. He tied his career-best with two assists and had a plus-4 in a 10-1 win at Finlandia.
Aaron O’Neill, Lake Forest
O’Neill started the scoring in Lake Forest’s 2-0-0 weekend with a goal at the 7:23 mark of the opening period on Friday. The Foresters went on to defeat Marian 3-1 in that game and posted a 6-1 victory over Lawrence on Saturday. O’Neill assisted on a pair of second period goals against the Vikings, including the official game-winner.
Mathew Thompson, Adrian
The senior captain led No. 1/2-ranked Adrian to a 1-1 NCHA road split with four goals and six points. In a 10-1 win at Finlandia, Thompson became the 13th player in Bulldogs history to surpass the 100-point milestone by registering the program’s first hat trick and five-point game since January 2017.
Hunter Vorva, Marian
Vorva was able to record a .909 save percentage as the Sabres split the weekend. Vorva made 60 saves over the weekend with a 3.02 goals against average as he was able to even his ledger to 2-2-0.