COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the third straight week, a National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) player has earned an NCAA Star of the Week, as North Dakota sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel was tabbed the NCAA Second Star of the Week on Tuesday. Scheel is the second straight Fighting Hawk to garner an NCAA Star of the Week, while he was also named NCHC Goaltender of the Week on Monday.
Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) backstopped North Dakota to a tie and win at then-No. 2/1 Denver by allowing only two goals all weekend, marking UND’s first series win at DU since 2003. The two goals scored by the Pioneers were their fewest in a home series since 2012, before the NCHC started play. Scheel posted a .966 save percentage in the series with DU, totaling 57 saves on 59 shots, and a 0.96 goals-against average, both of which led the NCHC last weekend. Both his save percentage and GAA ranked in the top six nationally last week, as well.
Last Friday, Scheel made a season-high 30 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie, including four short-handed saves to help kill all four Denver power plays. He was named Second Star of the Game on Friday. The next night, Scheel stopped 27 shots in a 4-1 win, again allowing only a single goal. Of his 27 saves Saturday, 13 came short-handed, including seven during a 5-on-3 DU power play, as he helped kill all six Pioneer power plays in the victory. Scheel was named First Star of the Game on Saturday and was credited with his second career assist on the game-winning goal. He helped UND finish the series with Denver a perfect 10-for-10 on the penalty kill.
Going 1-0-1 at DU, Scheel stretched his unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) and is now 8-1-2 on the season. He has now allowed one or fewer goals in eight of 11 starts this season. Scheel dropped his season GAA to 1.53 and upped his save percentage on the year to .924, both of which lead the NCHC in 2019-20. His 1.53 goals-against average ranks third nationally.
Dartmouth sophomore forward Drew O’Connor was selected NCAA First Star of the Week on Tuesday, while Michigan State senior goaltender John Lethemon was chosen Third Star of the Week.
Each Tuesday during the season, the NCAA announces its Three Stars of the Week in NCAA men’s hockey. Last Tuesday (Nov. 12), UND junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi was named Third Star of the Week. Western Michigan junior forward Paul Washe was the first NCHC player honored by the NCAA this season, as he was also a Second Star of the Week as part of the NCAA’s first ‘Stars of the Week’ this season on Nov. 5.
Scheel and the Fighting Hawks continue conference play this weekend, hosting St. Cloud State for a pair of games in Grand Forks. Both games can be seen on Midco Sports Network and NCHC.tv.
NCAA STARS OF THE WEEK FROM THE NCHC IN 2019-20
Paul Washe, Jr., F, WMU – Second Star (Nov. 5)
Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., F, UND – Third Star (Nov. 12)
Adam Scheel, So., G, UND – Second Star (Nov. 19)