NAHL Alumni Update
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week: Logan Britt, D, Sacred Heart (Aberdeen Wings) - Sacred Heart junior Logan Britt recorded a goal and an assist for the Pioneers in his debut with the team at Connecticut on Saturday. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native was the leading defender for the Pioneers, blocking a team-high three shots and firing five shots on goal in the contest. He also had a hand in two of Sacred Heart’s three goals, potting SHU’s first score of the season to tie the contest at 1-1 early in the first period then tallying the primary assist on the Pioneers’ second goal of the day in the second period. This is his first career AHA weekly honor.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Firriolo, D, Army (Corpus Christi IceRays) - Army West Point junior Anthony Firriolo topped Atlantic Hockey with a weekend-high five blocked shots in the Black Knights’ season opener at No. 12/14 Providence. The five-block effort by the Montville, N.J., native was part of a 22-block effort by Army in the contest. This is the second career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor for the former AHA All-Rookie Team selection.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Nicholas Grabko, Bentley (Minot Minotauros) - Bentley sophomore Nicholas Grabko turned away 32-of-35 shots in Bentley’s season opening game at Northeastern on Saturday night for a .914 save percentage in his 13th career start. The 32 saves equaled the Channahon, Ill., native’s career high. He stopped 17 shots in the first period, and helped Bentley’s penalty kill go 4-4 on the night. This is his second career AHA weekly honor.
CCHA Forward of the Week: Nathan Smith, Minnesota State (Aberdeen Wings) - Junior forward Nathan Smith racked up five points in two Minnesota State wins at number-one nationally ranked Massachusetts over the weekend. Smith assisted on both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win and then scored twice and assisted on another as the Mavericks rallied from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 6-3 victory over the Minutemen Sunday.
CCHA Defenseman of the Week: Blake Evennou, Ferris State (Lone Star Brahmas) - Ferris State junior defenseman Blake Evennou's game-winning assist on Sunday came when the Miami Redhawks attempted a high-low cross ice one-time feed on a four-on-three power play in overtime. Evennou managed to get a stick on the pass and deflected it forward to Stepan Pokorny who sprinted up the ice for the game-winner. He blocked 3 shots and finished as a plus 1 on the weekend. He finished second among CCHA defensemen in points.
CCHA Goaltender of the Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield) - Minnesota State senior netminder Dryden McKay stopped all 18 shots in the season-opening 2-0 win at #1 Massachusetts Saturday. The shutout was the 25th of his career and pulls him within one of the NCAA record of 26 by Michigan State's Ryan Miller (1999-02). McKay also backstopped his team to victory Sunday to secure the weekend sweep.
CCHA Rookie of the Week: Bradley Marek, F, Ferris State (Springfield Jr. Blues) - In his collegiate debut on the weekend, Big Rapids local Bradley Marek scored what was a go-ahead goal to send the Bulldogs in front of Miami on Sunday (Oct. 3) with 94 seconds remaining on the power play, deflecting Liam MacDougall's power play shot in. Marek's two points and one power play goal lead all CCHA freshmen. Marek had five shots on goal and picked up an assist in his first collegiate action, assisting on Sam Skinner's first collegiate goal. Marek played in nearly all situations and blocked several key shots to keep Miami at bay on Sunday in the victory. He helped pace Ferris State to the second most faceoff wins in the CCHA as Ferris State's top face off man.
NCHC Goalie of the Week: Isaiah Seville, Omaha (Minnesota Magicians) - Saville was strong in net to backstop Omaha to a season-opening split with Lake Superior State. In Saturday’s season opener, Saville compiled 15 saves in a 4-3 overtime defeat. The next night, Saville racked up 24 saves, including nine in the third period, to record his third career shutout in a 3-0 victory. He also anchored a UNO penalty kill that finished a perfect 9-for-9 in the series. Saville totaled 39 saves on the weekend, compiling a 1.95 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. This is Saville’s second career Goaltender of the Week honor and fourth NCHC weekly honor, as he was a two-time Rookie of the Week in 2019-20, when he also earned his first Goaltender of the Week award.
NCHC Rookie of the Week: Mason Salquist, F, St. Cloud State (Janesville Jets) - Salquist shined in his collegiate debut, helping the Huskies sweep St. Thomas on opening weekend. In Saturday’s season opener, he tallied his first career point with an assist on a power play goal in the third period. His helper helped SCSU tie a school record and set an NCHC record for goals in a game as the Huskies topped the Tommies, 12-2. Salquist went 10-of-14 in the faceoff circle, centering SCSU’s fourth line, good for a 71.4 win percentage. He also fired two shots on goal in Saturday’s win.