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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: October 14-20, 2019

By NCHC, 10/21/19, 4:15PM EDT

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Denver’s McLellan, Miami’s Daschke, UND’s Pinto and Omaha’s Saville honored for week 3

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After only four National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) teams earned results last weekend, each of those four teams are represented with one Bauer NCHC Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 14-20, 2019. Garnering Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for week three are Denver senior Tyson McLellan for Forward of the Week, Miami sophomore Derek Daschke for Defenseman of the Week, North Dakota forward Shane Pinto for Rookie of the Week and Omaha freshman Isaiah Saville for Goaltender of the Week.

This is Daschke’s second career NCHC weekly honor, earning Rookie of the Week once last season, while these are the first career NCHC weekly accolades for McLellan, Pinto and Saville.

Forward of the Week

Tyson McLellan, Denver
Senior Forward
San Jose, Calif.

McLellan powered Denver to a sweep of then-No. 6 Boston College, scoring his first three goals of the season in the series to help keep DU perfect on the season. In Friday’s 3-0 shutout of the Eagles, McLellan potted an empty-net goal to make it 2-0 and seal the victory. He also fired six shots on goal and was +1 in the whitewash. The next night, McLellan scored two goals for his first career multi-goal game. He tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal in the first period, then put DU ahead for good at 3-2 with a goal early in the second stanza. McLellan was again +1 and earned First Star of the Game in Saturday’s 6-4 victory. The assistant captain finished the series with three goals, nine shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus, while winning 20-of-39 draws in the faceoff circle (.513 faceoff percentage). With his three goals, McLellan has already matched his goal total from last season.

Defenseman of the Week

Derek Daschke, Miami
Sophomore Defenseman
Troy, Mich.

Daschke led Miami on both ends of the ice in a split with Ferris State, leading the team in scoring while playing on both special teams units. On Friday, Daschke dished out a career-high three assists, having a hand in three of four Miami goals in a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs, the RedHawks’ first win of the season. He had the primary assist on MU’s first goal of the game early, then set up another first-period tally to make it 3-0, before also having a hand in the game-winning goal late in the second period on the power play. The three points were a career high for Daschke, as well, as he finished Friday with a +2 plus/minus, four blocked shots and earned First Star of the Game. He also led a penalty kill that went 6-for-6 in the win. The next night, Daschke didn’t find the scoresheet, but still posted a +1 plus/minus and put two shots on goal, while blocking a shot in a 3-1 setback. Daschke finished the series with three assists, a +3 plus/minus, five shots on goal and five blocked shots, while anchoring a penalty kill that was 7-for-8 against Ferris State. He has a team-best five assists on the season now.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Shane Pinto, North Dakota
Freshman Forward
Franklin Square, N.Y.

Pinto helped pace North Dakota’s balanced offensive attack at No. 2 Minnesota State, tallying two points in the series. In Friday’s 4-4 overtime tie, the Ottawa Senators draft pick had the primary assist on UND’s first goal, which came on the power play late in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The next night, Pinto tallied the Fighting Hawks’ lone goal in a 2-1 setback, scoring the game’s opening goal midway through the first period. He also fired six shots on goal in Saturday’s loss. Pinto finished the series with a goal, an assist, nine shots on goal and an even plus/minus as he was even both nights. He also won 16-of-40 faceoffs in the series. Pinto has a point in all four games to start his collegiate career with two goals and two assists.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Isaiah Saville, Omaha
Freshman Goaltender
Anchorage, Alaska

Saville was rock-solid in net for Omaha, backstopping the Mavericks to a road split at then-No. 12/13 Ohio State. In Friday’s opener, he turned aside 24 shots in a 3-2 loss, including 10 saves in the third period. None of the goals he allowed were even strength as OSU tallied all three on the power play. Saturday, the Vegas Golden Knights draft pick made a career-high 37 saves on 38 shots in a 2-1 win, with double-digit stops each period. Saville also helped Omaha go 5-for-5 on the penalty kill Saturday, making 15 saves short-handed, a stretch that totaled 13:03 and included 2:57 of 5-on-3 power play advantage for OSU. He ended the series with a 2.02 goals-against average, while totaling 61 saves on 65 shots for a .938 save percentage, tops on the weekend in the NCHC. Saville also helped Omaha finish 9-for-12 on the penalty kill against OSU. On the season, he leads the NCHC with both a 1.68 GAA and a .938 save percentage in three games (2-1-0).

OTHER NOMINEES:

Forward of the Week
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Defenseman of the Week
Ian Mitchell, Jr., D, Denver – Compiled three points and was +1 in a sweep of Boston College, setting up the game-winning goal in a shutout on Friday, while scoring a goal and adding an assist Saturday to stretch his point streak to six games.

Rookie of the Week
Bobby Brink, Fr., F, Denver – Tallied two points in Saturday’s 6-4 win over Boston College, scoring a goal and adding an assist, both on the power play.

Brandon Bussi, Fr., G, WMU – Allowed only two goals each night in a pair of losses to Bowling Green, including Saturday in overtime, after making a career-high 36 saves on Friday, as he finished the series with 57 saves, a .934 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.

Goaltender of the Week
Brandon Bussi, Fr., G, WMU – Allowed only two goals each night in a pair of losses to Bowling Green, including Saturday in overtime, after making a career-high 36 saves on Friday, as he finished the series with 57 saves, a .934 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.

Magnus Chrona, Fr., G, Denver – Backstopped DU to a sweep of Boston College, logging his second career shutout Friday with 23 saves, while making 22 more stops Saturday in a 6-4 win, as he finished with a .918 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.

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