COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four different teams are represented among the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of February 6-12, 2017. Garnering Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for week 17 are Western Michigan senior forward Sheldon Dries for Offensive Player of the Week, Omaha junior blue liner Luc Snuggerud for Defenseman of the Week, St. Cloud State sophomore transfer goaltender Jeff Smith for Rookie of the Week and Denver junior netminder Tanner Jaillet for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Dries’ first career NCHC weekly honor, while Snuggerud picked up his second Defenseman of the Week honor this season and of his career. Smith garnered his first NCHC weekly award, while Jaillet has now claimed Goaltender of the Week four times this season and six times in his career.
Sheldon Dries, Western Michigan
Dries had a monster weekend to power Western Michigan to a split on the road at Omaha, totaling six points in the two games. In Friday’s wild 7-6 win, the three-time team captain tied a career high with four points on two goals and two assists. Dries scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game, striking short-handed first, before adding a power play goal a minute later to put WMU up, 3-1. He then set up the Broncos’ final two goals in the final six minutes of the game to erase a 6-5 deficit, springing the game-tying goal short-handed with a long pass, while firing the initial shot that led to the game-winning goal. Dries finished with a plus-3 rating in the win and was named Third Star of the Game. The next night, he handed out two more assists, helping WMU dig out of a 3-0 hole to tie the game at 3-3 on his second helper. Dries finished the series with two goals, four assists, a plus-4 rating and nine shots on goal. On the season, he has 21 points, which is third on the team, scoring 10 goals and adding 11 assists.
Luc Snuggerud, Omaha
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Snuggerud made big contributions offensively from the blue line, totaling four points in Omaha’s series split with Western Michigan. In Friday’s loss, the Chicago Blackhawks prospect tied a career high with three points, setting up a power play goal to open the scoring for UNO while he tallied a power play goal of his own later in the first period and assisted on Omaha’s fourth goal of the game, as well. He was named the game’s Second Star and posted a plus-1 rating. On Saturday, Snuggerud scored another power play goal to put UNO up 5-3 in an eventual 6-3 victory, while firing five shots on goal. He was key on special teams in the series as well, helping Omaha’s power play go 5-for-15 in the two games, while anchoring a penalty kill unit that went 5-for-7 against WMU. Snuggered ended the weekend with two goals, two assists, a plus-1 rating and eight shots on goal. On the season, he leads all NCHC defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points, with his 11 goals tops among all NCAA defensemen.
Jeff Smith, St. Cloud State
Maple Ridge, B.C.
Smith continued his strong play of late, backstopping the Huskies to a home weekend sweep of Miami. He allowed only three goals in the series, while posting a .942 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average. On Friday, the transfer from UMass Lowell racked up 30 saves in a 4-2 victory, including 12 saves in the decisive third period. Both goals allowed came on Miami’s power play with the second coming 6-on-4 with an extra attacker as he was named Third Star of the Game. The next night, Smith totaled 19 saves in a 3-1 win, allowing his only even strength goal of the series, while again earning Third Star of the Game. He totaled 49 saves on the weekend while earning his first 2-0 weekend as a Husky. On the season, Smith is now 9-8-0 with a 2.44 GAA and a .915 save rate.
Tanner Jaillet, Denver
Red Deer, Alberta
Jaillet led Denver to its 11th and 12th straight wins over in-state rival Colorado College, allowing only two goals in the series with one each night. On Friday, he made 14 saves in a 2-1 victory, while helping DU go 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, making three saves short-handed. The next night, he was tested a bit more, stopping 22 shots in a 5-1 win, including 11 saves in the third period, with his only goal allowed coming on a CC power play. Despite the power play goal, Jaillet still made nine saves short-handed Saturday, as Denver finished the series 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. Jaillet finished the weekend with a .947 save percentage, totaling 36 saves on 38 shots faced, and a 1.00 goals-against average. On the season, Jaillet has an 18-4-4 record with a 1.82 GAA and a .932 save percentage, all of which lead NCHC netminders.
Offensive Player of the Week
Fredrik Olofsson, So., F, UNO – Tallied three goals in a split with WMU, scoring a power play goal in Friday’s loss, while striking twice on Saturday, including scoring the game-winner.
Defenseman of the Week
Rookie of the Week
Henrik Borgström, Fr., F, Denver – Had two points in a sweep of CC, assisting on the game-winning goal Friday while scoring a goal Saturday and posting a plus-1 rating in the series.
Goaltender of the Week