St. Norbert’s Froese and Lake Forest’s De Courcy
Earn NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
St. Norbert College senior Tanner Froese (F - Estevan, Saskatchewan) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and Lake Forest College junior Louis-Philippe De Courcy (G - Quebec City, Quebec) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Froese gets the nod for NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after his team opened the season with victories over a pair of nationally-ranked squads. In the season opener, Froese assisted a pair of goals to help the Green Knights put away a Concordia University Wisconsin squad that came in ranked No. 15 by D3hockey.com, by a final score of 6-2. Then, in the second game of the weekend, he scored the eventual game-winner against an MSOE squad also ranked No. 15 (by USCHO.com), and followed that up later in the contest with a pair of assists in the 4-1 victory. For the weekend, he tallied five points (1G/4A).
De Courcy made his second start of the season an impressive one to nab NCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors. De Courcy earned his first career shutout in Lake Forest’s 1-0 triumph at the College of St. Scholastica on Saturday. He stopped all 35 of the Saints’ shots on goal in the contest, including an impressive 15 stops in the final period to make the lone goal stand up.
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Sean Campbell, St. Norbert
Campbell helped the Green Knights to two wins this past weekend in a 6-2 win over Concordia and a 4-1 win over MSOE. Campbell had one goal and one assist for two points in the win over MSOE and also helped steer the power play to a 5-for-12 opening weekend.
Kevin Entmaa, Adrian
Entmaa posted a 2-0 with a miniscule 0.50 goals-against average and .972 save percentage to help No. 1/2 Adrian open season 2-0 with NCHA road wins. In a 5-1 win at Lawrence, he turned aside 17 of 18 shots while losing his shutout bid in the third period. On Saturday, he recorded his second career shutout by making 18 saves in a 5-0 win against Marian. He went over 1,000 saves for his career, becoming the fourth Bulldog to do so. He now has 1,015 stops in 43 appearances.
Brett Garvey, Concordia
Garvey scored one goal and added two assists in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He had two points at No. 1 St. Norbert, including a shorthanded goal and added an assist at Finlandia.
Dante Hahn, Concordia
Hahn had a power play goal in each game as the Falcons went 1-1 in two road NCHA contests.
Josh Koepplinger, Lawrence
Koepplinger got things started for Lawrence on Saturday against Trine as he scored just 6:47 into the game to give Lawrence the lead. He then assisted on Lawrence’s power-play goal with just 14 seconds left in the first to give Lawrence the lead for good. He basically sealed the victory with a power-play goal six minutes into the third period and then picked up an assist on Lawrence’s final goal.
Nick Minerva, Aurora
Minerva, a defenseman, tallied two goals and an assist as Aurora went 0-1-1 on the weekend. He had both goals as AU tied Northland 2-2.
Brett Radford, St. Scholastica
Radford had a goal and an assist in Friday night’s victory over Aurora. It marked the second straight game with an assist for Radford.
Austin Rust, Adrian
Rust led No. 1/2 Adrian to a pair of NCHA wins on the road--5-1 at Lawrence and 5-0 at Marian--with three goals. He also had a plus-2 and four shots on goal. In the five-goal victory over the Sabres, he had a career-best two goals. With a team-leading three goals on the season so far, he’s almost exceeded the number of goals for all of 2016-17 (4 in 20 GP).
Derek Thorogood, Marian
Thorogood opened his senior campaign with a four-point game against Trine as the Sabres opened the season with a win. Thorogood netted a hat trick in the victory, including the game-winner, and added an assist. All three of his tallies were even-strength goals.
Nick Trenciansky, St. Scholastica
In his first collegiate start, Trenciansky made 24 saves to earn the victory over Aurora on Friday. He also recorded an assist, becoming the first CSS goaltender to record an assist since Tyler Bruggeman did so on Halloween Night 2015.
Hunter Vorva, Marian
Vorva opened his career as a Sabre with a 55 save weekend as the Sabres defeated Trine 9-2 before falling to No. 1/2 Adrian 5-0. Vorva made 39 saves in the loss to Adrian as he closed out the weekend with a 3.50 goals against average and an .887 save percentage.
Brett Wagner, MSOE
Wagner recorded two goals and an assist at Finlandia Friday. Both goals were shorthanded in the third period.
Zach Woodman, MSOE
Woodman posted a 2.00 goals-against average on the week, including a shutout of Finlandia and a .918 save percentage.