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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: December 9-15, 2019

By NCHC, 12/16/19, 4:00PM EST

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Omaha’s Sundberg, SCSU’s Ahcan and Denver’s Brink, Cooley honored for week 11

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After helping guide their teams to victories last weekend, three teams are represented among the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Dec. 9-15, 2019. Garnering Bauer NCHC honors for week 11 are Omaha junior Martin Sundberg for Forward of the Week, St. Cloud State senior Jack Ahcan, who repeated as Defenseman of the Week, Denver forward Bobby Brink for Rookie of the Week and DU junior Devin Cooley for Goaltender of the Week.

This is Sundberg’s first career NCHC honor, while Ahcan collected his second straight NCHC Defenseman of the Week nod and second this season. It is Ahcan’s seventh career NCHC weekly honor and fourth Defenseman of the Week accolade. Brink is now a two-time NCHC Rookie of the Week, while Cooley collected his first NCHC honor of the season and third NCHC Goaltender of the Week award of his career.

These are the final NCHC weekly honors until Jan. 6, which will encompass all games played from Dec. 21-Jan. 5.

Forward of the Week

Martin Sundberg, Omaha
Junior Forward
Linkoping, Sweden

Sundberg had a career-best weekend last weekend, tallying three points to tie for the NCHC lead while helping Omaha split at St. Cloud State. On Friday, Sundberg broke up SCSU’s shutout late in the third period, tallying the Mavericks’ lone goal in the loss while finishing +1. The next night, Sundberg played a key role in helping Omaha snap a 10-game losing streak against the Huskies. The Swede dished out two primary assists in Saturday’s overtime victory, setting up Omaha’s second goal to make it 2-0 and then making the pass for the one-timer game-winning goal in overtime. The two points tied his career high and marked his second career multi-point game. He was +2 in Saturday’s 4-3 win, which snapped UNO’s five-game winless skid. Sundberg ended the weekend with a goal, two assists, a +3 plus/minus and two shots on goal, while also winning both draws he took. On the season, he now has two goals and six points, both career bests, after an injury-shortened season last year.

Defenseman of the Week

Jack Ahcan, St. Cloud State
Senior Defenseman
Savage, Minn.
 
For the second straight week, Ahcan earned NCHC Defenseman of the Week honors, tallying a pair of points in a spilt with Omaha, while anchoring both SCSU special teams units. Both of Ahcan’s points came in Friday’s 4-1 victory, as he scored the game’s opening goal on the power play, finishing a give-and-go, while he then had the lone assist on the Huskies’ fourth goal in the third period to put the game out of each. In addition, the team captain helped kill all five Omaha power plays in the win as the Huskies came 20 seconds away from a shutout. Ahcan also put three shots on goal, blocked five shots and was +1 on Friday when he earned First Star of the Game. The next night, he blocked three more shots and fired three shots on goal, while helping kill UNO’s lone power play in an overtime defeat. Ahcan finished the series with a goal, an assist, eight blocked shots, six shots on goal and an even plus/minus, while leading SCSU’s penalty kill to go 6-for-6 against the Mavericks. This season, Ahcan is second in the NCHC among defensemen with 15 points, potting four goals with 11 assists, while he is seven points away from 100 for his career.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Bobby Brink, Denver
Freshman Forward
Minnetonka, Minn.
 
Brink chipped in a pair of points to help Denver sweep rival Colorado College last weekend and edge DU closer to regaining control of the Gold Pan trophy. In Friday’s 3-0 shutout in Denver, the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick dished out an assist on the game-winning goal, setting up a power play tally early in the third period to break a scoreless deadlock. He also fired two shots on goal Friday. The next night, Brink helped cap the sweep in Colorado Springs, again breaking a scoreless deadlock midway through the second period with a nifty back-hand goal to put DU up 1-0 in an eventual 3-1 victory. He put two more shots on net and was +1 in Saturday’s win. Brink finished the series with a goal, an assist, four shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus. On the season, he is second among NCHC freshmen with both 13 points and seven goals.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Devin Cooley, Denver
Junior Goaltender
Los Gatos, Calif.
 
In his only start of the weekend, Cooley backstopped Denver to a 3-0 shutout of rival Colorado College last Friday at Magness Arena. He turned aside all 24 shots he faced, including 11 in the third period, for his first shutout of the season in only his third start/appearance this year. It was his fifth career whitewash after four last season. Of his 24 saves, four came short-handed as he helped kill all three CC power plays. Cooley was tabbed First Star of the Game Friday for his efforts. With his 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average on Friday night, he upped his season save percentage to .958 and lowered his GAA to 0.98 on the year. Cooley is now 2-0-1 in his three starts this season after recovering from an injury.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Forward of the Week
Emilio Pettersen, So., F, Denver – Totaled three points and seven shots on goal in a sweep of CC, scoring the game-winning goal and adding an assist on Friday, while setting up the game-winner on Saturday.
 
Nick Poehling, Sr., F, SCSU – Tallied three points and eight shots on goal in a split with Omaha, notching a goal and an assist in Friday’s win, while handing out another helper in Saturday’s overtime loss.
 
Defenseman of the Week
None
 
Rookie of the Week
Nolan Sullivan, Fr., F, Omaha – Scored a goal and assisted on the overtime game-winner in Saturday’s 4-3 win at SCSU.
 
Goaltender of the Week
None

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