NAHL Alumni Update
November 27, 2019
NCAA Hockey #3 Star: Jack Billings, Niagara (Janesville Jets)
The Oak Lawn, Illinois, native had a breakout weekend for the Purple Eagles as they swept Mercyhurst in a home-and-home series. He scored four points on the weekend, which was more than he had in the previous 10 to start the season. He had two goals and an assist in Friday’s 5-0 victory at Mercyhurst. The sophomore forward followed that up with a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 home victory. He finished the weekend with four points on three goals and an assist to go along with seven shots on goal and a +4 rating. For the season, he is second on the team with seven points on five goals and two assists.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Alex Truscott, Niagara (MN Wilderness/Amarillo Bulls)
Truscott, playing his second and third games of the season, scored twice in Niagara’s weekend sweep of Mercyhurst. He scored both game-winning goals for the Purple Eagles marking both his first goals and first game-winning goals of the year. The sophomore opened the scoring in the team’s 5-0 win in Erie on Friday, then broke a 1-1 tie with six minutes left in regulation at home on Saturday.
B1G First Star: Sam Saliba, Michigan State (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Scored three of the Spartans' four goals on the weekend to help Michigan State take four of six points from No. 3 Notre Dame. He netted the only Spartan goal in a 1-1 tie on Friday and then tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday’s 3-2 victory. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his first career weekly award.
NCHC Goaltender of the Week: Hunter Shepard, Minnesota-Duluth (Bismarck Bobcats)
Shepard backstopped Minnesota Duluth to its first home sweep of the season, allowing only three goals in a pair of wins over Colorado College. On Friday, Shepard compiled 22 saves in a 4-3 win, including three short-handed saves to help kill three of four CC power plays. CC’s final goal Friday came with an extra attacker. The next night, Shepard made 25 more saves to record his second shutout of the season and 17th of his career, extended his NCHC career whitewashes record, in a 5-0 victory. He was named Third Star of the Game Saturday and helped kill all four Tiger power plays, again making a trio of short-handed saves. Saturday’s win gave Shepard 61 for his career, becoming UMD’s all-time goaltending wins leader. He finished the weekend with 47 saves on 50 shots, allowing only one 5-on-5 goal, for a .940 save percentage, while posting a 1.51 goals-against average to go with his clean sheet. He also helped UMD’s penalty kill finish 7-for-8. On the season, Shepard is now 7-4-1, while he upped his save percentage to .909 and lowered his GAA to 2.17.
WCHA Forward of the Week: Alex Adams, Bemidji State (Minot Minotauros)
Bemidji State's Alex Adams led the Beavers and was tied for first among all WCHA players and tied for third nationally in scoring with four points on two goals and two assists as the Beavers earned a series sweep over Alabama Huntsville. The sophomore forward recorded the first multi-point game of his career Friday, netting a pair of goals, including the game-winner and added an assist in a 5-3 victory over the Chargers. He added an assist Saturday as the Beavers completed the sweep with a 7-0 victory to remain unbeaten at home (4-0-2). Following a four-point weekend, the Grand Rapids, Minn., native has seven points (4g-3a). This is Adams' first career WCHA weekly honor.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield)
Minnesota State sophomore Dryden McKay turned away 39-of-40 shots in backstopping the No. 1/1 Mavericks to two home league wins over Alaska Anchorage over the weekend. The Downers Grove, Ill., native stopped all 20 shots in recording his third shutout this season and the seventh of career in Saturday's 3-0 victory and posted 19 saves in Friday's 7-1 win. McKay stands 9-1-1 with an NCAA-leading 1.17 GAA and a WCHA-best .951 save percentage that ranks No. 3 in the country. This is his third WCHA Goaltender of the Week award this season and his ninth career weekly honor (2- Rookie, 7- Goaltender).
SPHL Player of the Week: Alec Hagaman, Peoria Rivermen (Topeka RoadRunners)
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) named Alec Hagaman of the Peoria Rivermen as the Warrior Player of the Week for November 18-24. Over the weekend, the Rivermen extended their winning streak to three games as they swept Quad City in a home-and-home series to remain the only team that has not lost a game in regulation. Hagaman contributed to Peoria’s wins by scoring two goals, three assists and a +5 rating.