COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading their teams to sweeps on the final weekend of the regular season, three schools are represented among the final Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week this season. Earning Bauer NCHC weekly honors for the week of March 4-10, 2019 are Western Michigan senior forward Colt Conrad for Offensive Player of the Week, fellow WMU senior Corey Schueneman for Defenseman of the Week, St. Cloud State freshman blue liner Nick Perbix for Rookie of the Week and Colorado College junior netminder Alex Leclerc, who repeated as Goaltender of the Week.
This is Conrad’s second honor of the season and fifth career NCHC weekly award, including four Offensive Player of the Week nods. Schueneman garnered his first NCHC weekly award this season, but it’s his third career Defenseman of the Week accolade. Perbix picked up his first career NCHC weekly honor, while Leclerc is now a six-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week, including three times this season, and now has eight career NCHC weekly honors (two-time Rookie of the Week).
Colt Conrad, Western Michigan
St. Alphonse, Manitoba
Conrad had a monster seven-point weekend, which led the NCHC in scoring, to power WMU to a weekend and season sweep of rival Miami. On Friday, he compiled three points, including scoring the game-winning goal on the power play in a 5-1 victory. Conrad also handed out helpers on two of the Broncos’ three goals in the third period to seal the victory. He fired five shots on goal and was +3 Friday to nab First Star of the Game. The following night, Conrad upped his game even more, totaling four points in a 6-1 victory to finish off the season sweep. He scored WMU’s fourth goal of the game on the power play, while dishing out a trio of primary assists, including one on the game-winning goal, two on the man advantage as WMU went 3-for-5 on the power play Saturday, and his final capping Wade Allison’s hat trick. Conrad captured Second Star of the Game on Saturday, posting a +2 plus/minus. He finished the sweep with two goals, five assists, six shots on goal and a +5 plus/minus.
Corey Schueneman, Western Michigan
Schueneman led the Broncos at both ends of the ice, helping limit rival Miami to only two goals in a sweep, one each night, while chipping in five points from the blue line and setting up the game-winning goal both nights. In Friday’s 5-1 win, the team captain scored the game’s first goal, only his second of the season, while he assisted on the second goal, which served as the game-winner on the power play. He was also +3 in Friday’s victory and helped kill all six MU power plays. Saturday, Schueneman tied a career high with three assists, with two coming on the power play, including the game-winner, while he had the lone helper on WMU’s third goal in a 6-1 win. He was +2 on Saturday. Schueneman ended the series with a goal, four assists, a +5 plus/minus and three shots on goal. He also blocked two shots on the weekend, while anchoring a penalty kill that finished 9-for-9 against Miami and played on a power play that was 4-for-10.
Nick Perbix, St. Cloud State
Elk River, Minn.
Perbix had a big four-point weekend to help SCSU finish the regular season unbeaten at home with a sweep of rival then-No. 3 Minnesota Duluth. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick notched his first career multi-goal game and tallied a career-high three points. All three of his points Friday came on the power play, with an assist on the game’s first goal, while he scored SCSU’s third goal to break a tie and then also tallied the game-winner in overtime a man up for a 4-3 victory. Perbix put three shots on goal in Friday’s win and earned First Star of the Game. A night later in another 4-3 win, Perbix continued his power play prowess with another helper on the power play, coming on SCSU’s first goal of the game to start a rally from a 2-0 deficit. All four of Perbix’s points came on the power play as he helped SCSU go 5-for-7 on the man advantage in the series. He finished the weekend with two goals, two assists and four shots on goal, while blocking five shots in the series and ending with an even plus/minus.
Alex Leclerc, Colorado College
Leclerc repeated as Goaltender of the Week after backstopping the Tigers to a sweep of Denver, helping CC capture the Gold Pan trophy for the first time since 2013-14. He allowed only one goal all weekend and was the game’s First Star both nights. On Friday, he turned aside 26 shots in a 2-1 victory in Denver to garner First Star of the Game, including helping kill all three DU power plays. The next night, Leclerc stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season and eighth of his career. He made six saves short-handed to kill both DU power plays in the 1-0 win, while again garnering First Star of the Game. Leclerc finished the series with 56 saves on 57 shots faced for a .982 save percentage, while posting a 0.50 goals-against average to go with his whitewash.
Nick Jones, Sr., F, UND – Scored a goal both nights in a sweep of Omaha, including the game-winner Friday, while also assisting on another goal Saturday and finishing +2 in the series.
Cole McCaskill, Sr., D, CC – Set up the lone goal in Saturday’s win over Denver, while blocking five shots and finishing +1 in a sweep of DU.
Grant Cruikshank, Fr., F, CC – Scored the lone goal and game-winner on Saturday in a 1-0 win over DU, finishing the sweep +1 with two shots on goal.
Trevor Gorsuch, Sr., G, WMU – Backstopped WMU to a sweep at Miami, posting a 1.01 GAA and a .957 save percentage in the wins, while helping kill all nine MU power plays and totaling 44 saves in the series.