COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the 2016-17 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) regular-season complete, the final Bauer NCHC Players of the Week this season include winners from all four classes. Earning Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2017 are Western Michigan sophomore forward Griffen Molino for Offensive Player of the Week, North Dakota junior blue liner Tucker Poolman for Defenseman of the Week, Denver freshman forward Henrik Borgström for Rookie of the Week and DU senior netminder Evan Cowley for Goaltender of the Week.
Molino picked up his first NCHC Offensive Player of the Week nod and second career NCHC weekly award after earning Rookie of the Week last season. Poolman garnered his fourth career NCHC weekly honor and second Defenseman of the Week nod this season. Borgström is now a three-time Rookie of the Week, while Cowley nabbed his first weekly award this season and third NCHC Goaltender of the Week honor of his career.
Griffen Molino, Western Michigan
Molino had a monster weekend, piling up an NCHC-best six points in a split with Minnesota Duluth. In Friday’s 7-4 victory, he dished out a career-high four assists, including the primary assist on three of WMU’s first four goals, helping the Broncos jump in front, 4-0. He then added his final assist on an empty-net goal to seal the win, while posting a plus-1 rating and earning Second Star of the Game. The next night, Molino had another multi-point outing, setting up WMU’s first goal on Saturday on the power play, while scoring a goal in the 6-3 defeat. He finished the series with a goal, five assists, a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal. In 34 games this season, Molino has 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists.
Tucker Poolman, North Dakota
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Poolman patrolled the blue line in UND’s sweep at Miami while also leading the Fighting Hawks offensively with five points. On the back end, he helped limit the RedHawks to only 27 shots on goal in the series, including only 11 Saturday, while anchoring a penalty kill that went 5-for-6 on the weekend. In Friday’s 3-2 comeback win, he dished out an assist on the game-tying goal in the second period while putting two shots on net and logging a plus-1 rating. The next night the assistant captain exploded for a career-high four points, scoring two goals and adding two helpers. He put UND in front 2-1 with his first goal, while his second tally made it 4-2 and he assisted on the game-winning goal in between them in the 5-2 victory. The Winnipeg Jets prospect logged a career-high-tying plus-4 rating as well Saturday, to earn First Star of the Game. Poolman ended the weekend with two goals, three assists, a plus-5 rating, six shots on goal and two blocked shots. On the season, he has 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists in 34 games.
Henrik Borgström, Denver
Borgström was a force to be reckoned with in Denver’s sweep at Omaha last weekend as the Florida Panthers prospect notched four goals on the weekend, scoring the game-winning goal both nights. He’s now scored the game-winner in four straight games during DU’s 11-game win streak. Borgström notched two goals in Friday’s 4-2 win, breaking a 2-2 tie with two goals in the third period, including the game-winner on the power play, as he was named the game’s First Star. The next night, he tallied two more times, breaking a scoreless game late in the second period with a highlight-reel goal, while sealing the 3-0 shutout with an empty-netter to earn Second Star of the Game. In addition to his goals, Borgström logged a plus-3 rating and put six shots on goal. He leads all NCHC rookies in scoring this season with 36 points, including an NCHC-best 21 goals.
Evan Cowley, Denver
In his only outing of the weekend and first start since Jan. 7, Cowley pitched Denver’s first shutout of the season and fifth of his career at Omaha on Saturday night. The Florida Panthers prospect stopped all 28 shots that came his way for a season high in saves. Nearly half of his saves came in the final period when he saved all 12 shots he faced to complete the clean sheet while earning First Star of the Game. Cowley also helped kill all four Omaha power plays in the contest. His 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average in the game improved his season totals to a .946 save percentage and a 1.38 GAA with a 3-2-0 record.
Offensive Player of the Week
Mason Bergh, So., F, CC – Tallied three points in a split at SCSU with a goal and an assist on Friday, while setting up the game-winning goal on Saturday.
Adam Johnson, So., F, UMD – Racked up four points in a split at WMU with two goals and two assists, including three points in Saturday’s win, while logging a plus-2 rating in the series.
Trevor Olson, Jr., F, UND – Scored the game-winning goal both nights in a sweep at Miami, adding an assist as well on Saturday for a three-point weekend with a plus-1 rating.
Defenseman of the Week
Will Butcher, Sr., D, Denver – Dished out three assists in DU’s sweep at Omaha, helping pitch a shutout Saturday while putting seven shots on goal and blocking three shots in the series.
Rookie of the Week
Lawton Courtnall, Fr., F, WMU – Notched three points in a split with UMD, scoring the game-winner and adding an assist Friday, while tallying another goal in Saturday’s loss.
Colton Poolman, Fr., D, UND – Dished out two assists in Saturday’s win, including on the game-winning goal, while posting a plus-4 rating in the weekend sweep at Miami.
Goaltender of the Week
Alex Leclerc, Fr., G, CC – Went 1-1 in a split at SCSU, compiling 54 saves in two games for a .900 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA, allowing only one goal in Saturday’s win.