COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Some new names emerged as top players for their respective teams last weekend, as all four Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Oct. 28 through Nov. 3, 2019 are first-time NCHC weekly award winners. Garnering Bauer week 5 honors are Western Michigan junior Paul Washe for Forward of the Week, WMU freshman Ronnie Attard for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha defenseman Brandon Scanlin for Rookie of the Week and Denver sophomore Michael Corson for Goaltender of the Week.
While this is the first NCHC weekly honor of each player’s career, Denver has now captured four NCHC weekly awards this season, tops among NCHC teams. This is Omaha’s second weekly honor of 2019-20 and the first two for the Broncos. Previous Bauer NCHC Players of the Week can be found here.
Paul Washe, Western Michigan
Washe had a career weekend, totaling five points to help Western Michigan earn five of six points at Colorado College last weekend in its NCHC opener. In Friday’s 6-3 comeback win, Washe tallied a career-high three points, having a hand in WMU’s final three goals to earn the victory. He scored the game-winning goal in the third period to break a 3-3 tie, then added a pair of assists over the final seven minutes of the contest. Washe was named Third Star of the Game Friday, when he put five shots on goal and was +1. A night later, he scored the game’s first goal early, then again helped WMU rally, setting up the game-tying extra-attacker goal with 24 seconds left in regulation to force a 4-4 overtime tie. Washe again fired five shots on goal Saturday and was +2. He finished the series with two goals, three assists, 10 shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus. In addition, Washe won 33-of-44 faceoffs (.750) on the weekend and blocked four shots. He more than doubled his season point total against CC, as he now has four goals and five assists for nine points on the season.
Ronnie Attard, Western Michigan
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Attard had a big weekend offensively, quadrupling his season point total, while also logging big minutes on the blue line and penalty kill to help Western Michigan to a win and tie at Colorado College last weekend. In the series opener on Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers prospect was held off the scoresheet, but helped WMU kill all four CC power plays and was +1. The next night, Attard broke out with a career-high three points, including his first collegiate multi-goal game and his first career assist. He scored WMU’s second goal in the first period to make it 2-0, then had the primary helper to make it 3-2 WMU in the second stanza, and capped the night by scoring the game-tying goal with an extra attacker with only 24 seconds left in regulation to force overtime tied at 4-4. Attard was named First Star of the Game in Saturday’s draw, blocked four shots and posted a career-high +3 plus/minus. The reigning USHL Player of the Year finished the series with two goals, an assist, five shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus. Attard also blocked six shots in the series and led a WMU penalty kill that finished the weekend 9-for-11. He had just one goal and point on the season entering the CC series.
Brandon Scanlin, Omaha
Scanlin doubled his season point total at Alaska Anchorage last weekend with three points, while also helping anchor Omaha’s blue line. In Thursday’s 4-3 win, he scored his first collegiate goal midway through the third period, tallying on the power play to put UNO ahead 3-2. The next night in a 3-3 overtime tie, Scanlin tallied a career-high two assists for his first multi-point game with the primary helper on each of Omaha’s first two goals, putting the Mavericks in front each time. He fired two shots on goal and was +1 in Friday’s draw. Scanlin ended the series with a goal and two assists, while firing four shots on goal and helping Omaha’s penalty kill go 5-for-8 against the Seawolves. He entered the weekend with three assists and now has six points on the season with a goal and five helpers, including a point in five of six games.
Michael Corson, Denver
Corson had a night to remember in his only appearance of the weekend last Saturday against Niagara. Making his first career start and only second career appearance, Corson recorded his first career shutout, stopping all 16 shots the Purple Eagles sent his way. He was named First Star of the Game in Saturday’s 4-0 win, helping kill all five Niagara power plays, including making four saves short-handed. The win in net was the first of his career, as well, while he still has a perfect 1.000 save percentage for his career as he is yet to allow a goal in his two career appearances now, totaling 26 saves in the two games.
Forward of the Week
Bailey Conger, RS-So., CC – Totaled four points against WMU on two goals and two assists, including a career-high three points in Saturday’s tie, while firing five shots on goal in the series.
Sam Hentges, So., SCSU – Compiled five points against Princeton, tallying a goal each night while handing out three assists in the series, finishing -2 with six shots on goal.
Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., UND – Scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s win over Michigan Tech and was +1.
Brett Stapley, So., Denver – Compiled four points and was +3 in a sweep of Niagara, handing out a career-high three assists on Friday while tallying a goal on Saturday.
Tyler Weiss, So., Omaha – Tallied three points and was +1 at Alaska Anchorage, dishing out an assist in Thursday’s win, while scoring UNO’s final two goals in a 3-3 tie on Friday.
Defenseman of the Week
Matt Kiersted, Jr., UND – Scored UND’s first goal unassisted in its 3-1 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday, while he was +2 with a blocked shot.
Ian Mitchell, Jr., Denver – Dished out a trio of assists in DU’s sweep of Niagara, while posting a +1 plus/minus, blocking five shots and helping limit the Purple Eagles to two goals all weekend.
Rookie of the Week
Goaltender of the Week
Adam Scheel, So., UND – In UND’s lone game of the weekend, made 14 saves for a .933 save percentage in a 3-1 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday.