COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading each of their teams to unbeaten weekends over top-10 ranked opponents, the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for week five of the season come from Western Michigan, St. Cloud State and North Dakota. Earning Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017 are WMU sophomore forward Wade Allison for Offensive Player of the Week, Broncos junior blue liner Corey Schueneman for Defenseman of the Week, SCSU freshman goaltender Dávid Hrenák for Rookie of the Week and UND freshman netminder Peter Thome for Goaltender of the Week.
The honor is Allison’s fourth career NCHC weekly award and second Offensive Player of the Week nod, but first this season. The accolades were the first career NCHC weekly awards for Schueneman, Hrenák and Thome each.
Wade Allison, Western Michigan
Allison powered Western Michigan to a sweep of No. 1 Denver, totaling five points in the two wins, including a hat trick. In Friday’s opener, the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick scored the Broncos’ first goal midway through the first period to tie the game, while assisting on the game-winning goal with less than a minute to play in regulation in a 6-5 comeback win. The next night, Allison erupted for his first collegiate hat trick. Trailing 3-0, he potted WMU’s first two goals in a span of 1:13 late in the second stanza to start a rally, before sending the hats to the ice with his third goal, which came on the power play and made it 6-4 Broncos in an eventual 7-4 victory. He fired five shots on goal, logged a +2 plus-minus and was named the game’s First Star on Saturday. Allison ended the series with four goals, an assist, a +2 plus-minus and six shots on goal.
Corey Schueneman, Western Michigan
Schueneman played a key role at both ends of the ice for the Broncos, leading WMU to a sweep of No. 1 Denver. In Friday’s 6-5 comeback win, the junior handed out a career-high three assists, doing so on a pair of second-period goals, as well as the game-tying, extra-attacker goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation. He was also +1 on Friday and anchored a penalty kill unit that was a perfect 8-for-8. The next night, Schueneman dished out two more helpers in another comeback victory, the first of which came on Colt Conrad’s goal midway through the third period that started WMU’s comeback, as it was the first of three goals in 43 seconds. His second assist helped seal the win, coming on Wade Allison’s hat trick goal that made it 6-4 in an eventual 7-4 win. He was again +1 while putting three shots on goal. Schueneman finished the series with five assists, a +2 plus-minus, 4 shots on goal and three blocked shots, while leading a penalty kill that finished 12-of-14 against Denver.
Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State
Považská Bystrica, Slovakia
In his only action of the weekend last Saturday, Hrenák pitched the first shutout of his young career, backstopping SCSU to a 5-0 win over No. 8 Minnesota Duluth. He stopped all 29 shots he faced in the game, including 13 saves in the second period. He also helped kill all six UMD power plays in the contest, while earning First Star of the Game honors. Hrenák improved to 3-0-0 on the season with the win, while lowering his goals-against average by nearly a goal to 1.65 for the season and upping his save percentage to .946 for the year, after a 1.000 save percentage Saturday.
Peter Thome, North Dakota
Being thrust into surprise action after an injury to normal starter Cam Johnson during last Friday’s morning skate, Thome made his collegiate debut at No. 7 Wisconsin and backstopped UND to a win and a tie. In his first NCAA game, he compiled 36 saves, including 19 in the third period, to hold the Badgers at bay in a 3-2 victory. The 36 stops represented the most saves this century by a UND goalie making his debut. The next night, the Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick again allowed only two goals, while totaling 22 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie. Thome finished his first weekend of NCAA action 1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average, while making 58 saves, which led all NCHC goalies on the weekend, on 62 shots faced for a .935 save percentage.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jacob Benson, Jr., F, SCSU – Compiled four points in a sweep of UMD, tallying a goal and an assist in both games, including scoring the game-winner in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout.
Henrik Borgström, So., F, Denver – Racked up five points in two losses at WMU, recording his first hat trick and adding an assist on Friday, while scoring another goal Saturday, as he put 12 shots on goal in the series.
Nick Jones, Jr., F, UND – Tallied three points in two games at Wisconsin, scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on the game-tying goal Friday, while dishing out another helper in Saturday’s tie, as he finished +2 with eight shots on goal in the series.
Defenseman of the Week
Jack Ahcan, So., D, SCSU – Dished out three assists in SCSU’s sweep of UMD, including on the game-winning goal Friday, while tallying two helpers in Saturday’s shutout and blocking five shots in the series.
Gabe Bast, Fr., D, UND – Tallied two assists at Wisconsin, both in Friday’s win, including setting up the third-period game-winner, while posting a +1 and blocking two shots in the series.
Kristian Blumenschein, So., D, CC – Recorded two assists in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Miami, setting up both CC goals in the game, while blocking five shots in the series, including four in Saturday’s 2-1 win.
Ian Mitchell, Fr., D, Denver – Doled out two assists at WMU, with one each game, while blocking three shots in the series.
Rookie of the Week
Collin Adams, Fr., F, UND – Tallied two goals in a win and tie at Wisconsin, scoring UND’s first goal each game, which tied the game at 1-1 each time, while firing four shots on goal in the series.
Jaakko Heikkinen, Fr., F, Denver – Chipped in two goals at WMU, scoring in the second period each night, after entering with one goal all season.
Christiano Versich, Fr., F, CC – Compiled two points in a split at Miami, scoring a go-ahead goal in the third period of Friday’s eventual loss, while assisting on CC’s first goal in a 2-1 win Saturday.
Goaltender of the Week
Ryan Larkin, So., G, Miami – Went 1-1 against CC, totaling 40 saves in the split series for a .909 save percentage, while posting a 1.99 GAA.
Alex Leclerc, So., G, CC – Went 1-1 at Miami, compiling 52 saves on 56 shots, including 26 saves each night, for a .929 save percentage, while logging a 1.96 GAA in the series.