COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four different teams and four different classes are represented among the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for week six of the season. Garnering Bauer NCHC Player of the Week accolades for the week of Nov. 6-12, 2017 are Colorado College junior forward Mason Bergh for Offensive Player of the Week, Denver senior blue liner Adam Plant for Defenseman of the Week, North Dakota freshman forward Grant Mismash for Rookie of the Week and Western Michigan sophomore netminder Ben Blacker for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Bergh’s second Offensive Player of the Week nod this season and of his career, while Plant picked up his second career NCHC weekly honor as well, but first Defenseman of the Week award (was Rookie of the Week in 2014-15). Mismash has now collected Rookie of the Week three times this season, alternating weeks, while Blacker earned his sixth career NCHC weekly award and fourth career Goaltender of the Week nod, but first this season.
Mason Bergh, Colorado College
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Continuing his impressive junior campaign, Bergh racked up five points in a split with Omaha, recording multiple points each night. In Friday’s 5-3 loss, he dished out a pair of assists, setting up CC’s second goal that put them ahead, 2-0, and on the Tigers’ third tally to make it a 4-3 contest. He was also +2 in the game. The next night, Bergh was named the Second Star of the Game after logging a season-high-tying three points, putting four shots on goal and again posting a +2. He had a hand in three of the four goals in CC’s 4-0 shutout, assisting on the game-winner to open the scoring in the first frame, while again setting up the third goal and capping the night with an unassisted marker to make it 4-0. Bergh finished the series with a goal, four assists, a +4 plus-minus and four shots on goal.
Adam Plant, Denver
Plant contributed at both ends of the ice in leading Denver to a sweep of No. 1 St. Cloud State. He scored two goals, played a key role on both special teams, and helped shut down the nation’s top-ranked offense entering the series, as DU limited the Huskies, who were averaging 4.71 goals per game, to three goals in two games. In Friday’s 4-2 victory, Plant anchored the top defensive pair, putting three shots on goal and logging a +1 plus-minus, while helping the Pioneers go 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. On Saturday, Plant recorded his first career multi-goal game and matched a career high with two points on a pair of power play markers. He broke a scoreless deadlock early in the second stanza, while chipping in his second goal midway through the period to make it 3-0 DU. He was again +1 with six shots on goal and led a penalty kill that was 5-for-5. Plant finished the weekend with two goals, +2, nine shots on goal and also blocked two shots, while Denver’s penalty kill went 10-for-11 in the series.
Grant Mismash, North Dakota
Mismash continues to be a force for North Dakota, compiling three points in a win and a tie against Miami, which led all NCHC rookies last weekend in scoring. In Friday’s 4-1 victory, he tallied two points, setting up UND’s third goal in the second period, while capping the scoring with an unassisted marker in the third period. The Nashville Predators draft pick also logged a +2 plus-minus and put three shots on goal Friday. The next night, Mismash had the primary assist on the Fighting Hawks’ third goal that put them up 3-2 in the third period in an eventual 3-3 overtime tie. He was also +1 in the contest. Mismash finished the series with a goal, two assists, a +3 plus-minus and five shots on goal.
Ben Blacker, Western Michigan
Blacker backstopped Western Michigan to a split at No. 12 Minnesota Duluth, allowing only three goals in two games. On Friday, he allowed three goals in defeat (only two even strength), but still made a season-high 35 saves, including double-digit saves all three periods. The next night, Blacker was dominant as he did not allow a goal, stopping all 31 shots he faced, including 16 in the second period, for his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career. He also helped kill all six UMD power plays on Saturday as he was named First Star of the Game. Blacker finished the series 1-1-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage, totaling 66 saves on 69 shots faced.
Offensive Player of the Week
Henrik Borgström, So., F, DU – Tallied two goals and two assists in a sweep of SCSU, including two goals and an assist on Friday, while posting a +3 plus-minus and putting seven shots on goal in two games.
Defenseman of the Week
Andrew Farny, Jr., D, CC – Handed out an assist in Saturday’s win over Omaha, while putting four shots on goal, blocking seven shots and logging a +1 plus-minus in the split series.
Colton Poolman, So., D, UND – Dished out an assist Friday’s win over Miami while adding a goal and an assist in Saturday’s tie, as he finished the series +1 with six blocked shots and led a PK unit that was 7-for-7.
Rookie of the Week
Jack Gates, Fr., F, CC – Scored his second goal of the season in Friday’s win over Omaha, while logging a +1, putting two shots on goal and playing a key role on the penalty kill in the weekend series.
Ian Mitchell, Fr., D, DU – Dished out a primary assist each night on the power play in a sweep of SCSU, including setting up the game-winning goal on Friday, while posting a +1 with three shots on goal in the series.
Goaltender of the Week
Tanner Jaillet, Sr., G, DU – Led Denver to a sweep of SCSU, winning both games and allowing only three combined goals with a 1.53 GAA and a .946 save percentage, totaling 53 saves on 56 shots against.
Alex Leclerc, So., G, CC – Went 1-1 in a split with Omaha, totaling 74 saves in the series while pitching a 41-save shutout on Saturday, as he finished with a .937 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA.
Peter Thome, Fr., G, UND – Backstopped UND to a win and a tie against Miami, allowing four goals in the series while compiling a 1.92 GAA and a .922 save percentage with 47 combined saves, and adding three stops in Saturday’s shootout win.