COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After sweeping long-time rival Minnesota over the Thanksgiving weekend, North Dakota also swept the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2019. Earning Bauer NCHC weekly honors for week 9 are junior Jordan Kawaguchi for Forward of the Week, sophomore Jacob Bernard-Docker for Defenseman of the Week, forward Shane Pinto for Rookie of the Week and sophomore Adam Scheel for Goaltender of the Week.
Kawaguchi has now collected NCHC Forward of the Week three times this season, the only three times of his career. Scheel is also a three-time winner this season, claiming Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time in his career and his fifth NCHC weekly honor overall. Bernard-Docker collected his first NCHC weekly honor this season and the third NCHC Defenseman of the Week nod of his career, while Pinto is now a two-time NCHC Rookie of the Week.
Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota
Kawaguchi continued his hot streak with four points in leading UND to a sweep at Minnesota, scoring the game-winning goal both nights. In Thursday’s historic, 9-3 rout of the Gophers, Kawaguchi racked up three points on two goals and an assist. He scored the game’s first goal 2:22 into the contest, then tallied the game-winner early in the second stanza and added a primary assist on UND’s fifth goal. He was also +3 with four shots on goal and earned First Star of the Game Thursday. The next night, Kawaguchi was named First Star of the Game again, tallying the game-winner in the second period to make the score 3-1 in an eventual 3-2 sweep-clinching victory. He finished the series with three goals, including two game-winners, one assist, a +4 plus/minus and seven shots on goal. Kawaguchi also extended his point streak to four games, with game-winning goals in three straight, and leads the NCHC with 22 points on the season, including his seven goals tying for first in the conference.
Jacob Bernard-Docker, North Dakota
Bernard-Docker was critical in helping North Dakota earn its first road sweep of rival Minnesota since 2006-07, collecting four points while playing on both special teams units. The Ottawa Senators draft pick tallied three points on a goal and two assists in a 9-3 Thanksgiving night win to earn Third Star of the Game. He handed out a primary assist on a power play goal to make it 3-1, then added a helper on UND’s fifth goal and scored the team’s eighth goal in the third period. He was also +2 in the win. The next night, Bernard-Docker assisted on UND’s go-ahead goal in the second period to break a 1-1 tie in an eventual 3-2 sweep-clinching win. He was +1 Friday and blocked a shot in the win, as well. Bernard-Docker ended the sweep with a goal, three assists, a +3 plus/minus and a blocked shot. He also helped UND’s penalty kill go 5-for-7 on the weekend. On the season, Bernard-Docker has 14 points, second among NCHC blue liners, on three goals and 11 assists.
Shane Pinto, North Dakota
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Pinto tied for the NCHC rookie lead with both two goals and three points last weekend to help UND sweep at rival Minnesota. In Thursday’s 9-3 blowout, he tallied two points for his second career multi-point game, scoring the Fighting Hawks’ sixth goal of the game to make it 6-2 in the second period, while dishing out the lone assist on UND’s final goal of the game. The Ottawa Senators draft pick was also +2 in the rout. A night later, Pinto struck again, scoring North Dakota’s first goal to tie the game at 1-1 midway through the opening period in an eventual 3-2 victory. He finished the series with two goals, an assist, a +2 plus/minus and two shots on goal. Pinto also went 12-10 in the faceoff circle (.545) against the Gophers. He now has four goals in his last four games and six goals on the season to go with five assists for 11 points.
Adam Scheel, North Dakota
Scheel backstopped North Dakota to its first road sweep of long-time rival Minnesota since 2006-07 with a pair of wins in net. He made 18 saves in Thursday’s 9-3 win, and added 23 more saves a night later in Friday’s 3-2 victory. On Thursday, eight of Scheel’s 18 saves came short-handed as he helped kill 3-of-4 Gopher power plays, while making two more short-handed saves on Friday to help UND’s penalty kill go 5-for-7 in the series. Scheel ended the weekend with NCHC bests of a 2.50 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage in the two wins, totaling 41 saves on 46 shots faced. The wins were the 24th and 25th of his career, while on the season Scheel is now 12-1-2. He leads the NCHC with a 1.64 GAA and ranks second with a .917 save percentage.
Forward of the Week
Defenseman of the Week
Derek Daschke, So., D, Miami – Totaled three points and was +1 at UConn, scoring a goal on Friday and handing out an assist each night, while blocking four shots in the series.
Rookie of the Week
Chase Pletzke, Fr., F, Miami – Dished out three assists at UConn, with two coming on Friday when he was +1, and the third coming on Saturday, when he put three shots on goal.
Goaltender of the Week