COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second straight week, North Dakota and Western Michigan each claimed two National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) weekly honors, while Colorado College also had an honoree as five players were recognized for games played between Jan. 12-19, 2021. Earning Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for week 6 are North Dakota junior Mark Senden and Western Michigan senior Ethen Frank for Co-Forwards of the Week, Colorado College senior Zach Berzolla for Defenseman of the Week, WMU freshman Alex Aslanidis for Goaltender of the Week, and UND forward Louis Jamernik for Rookie of the Week.
This is Frank’s second NCHC Forward of the Week honor this season and of his career, while he was also Rookie of the Week once in 2018. For Senden, it’s his first career NCHC Forward of the Week honor, though he was twice Rookie of the Week in 2019. These are the first career NCHC weekly awards for Berzolla, Aslanidis and Jamernik.
Ethen Frank, Western Michigan
Frank powered Western Michigan to a sweep of then-No. 4/4 St. Cloud State last weekend, tallying goals in each win. In Friday’s 6-2 victory, he scored on the power play as part of WMU’s three-goal third period to help secure the win. The next night, the assistant captain scored the Broncos’ final two goals, tallying the game-winner in the second period with a strong effort to make it 2-0, before sealing the 3-1 victory with an empty-net goal.
Frank finished the weekend with three goals, five shots on goal, a +2 plus/minus and two blocked shots. He now has an NCHC-best 10 goals on the season, which ties for second nationally.
Mark Senden, North Dakota
Senden helped North Dakota to a split at Denver, playing a major role in Monday’s win. He tallied a career-high four assists in the 5-1 victory over DU, tying the NCHC record for assists in a conference game, while marking only the third four-point game in the NCHC this season. Senden set up two quick goals in the opening 3:20 of the game to put UND in front 2-0, then assisted on the final two goals, one an empty-netter and one on the power play, as North Dakota moved into first place in the NCHC.
In addition to his offense, Senden helped UND overcome a 5-on-3 penalty kill inside a five-minute major in the third period of Monday’s game, as North Dakota went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill. Senden finished the series with four assists, a +3 plus/minus, three shots on goal and added two blocked shots. On the season, the assistant captain now has nine points with a goal and eight assists, after doubling his season assist total in Monday’s win.
Zach Berzolla, Colorado College
Berzolla played a big role at both ends of the ice for Colorado College in their series against No. 11/11 Omaha. The team captain scored his first goal of the season, and only the fourth of his career in 123 career games, late in the third period in Monday’s series opener to bring CC within one in a 3-2 loss. The goal was also his first point of the season. He then added the lone assist on the Tigers’ first goal Tuesday that tied the game at 1-1 in an eventual 3-2 overtime loss as CC picked up one point in the standings.
Defensively, Berzolla blocked four shots in Monday’s loss and two more on Tuesday, while helping CC go 4-for-5 on the penalty kill in the series. He finished the weekend with a goal and an assist for his first two points of the season, while blocking six shots, firing four shots on goal and finishing with an even plus/minus. On the season, Berzolla ranks third nationally with 44 blocked shots, while his 3.14 blocks per game rank second in the NCAA.
Alex Aslanidis, Western Michigan
Aslanidis had the best weekend of his young career, backstopping Western Michigan to a sweep of then-No. 4 St. Cloud State, while extending WMU’s unbeaten streak to four games. In Friday’s series opener he turned aside 21 shots and allowed only two goals in a 6-2 victory. The next night, he was even better, recording a career-high 28 saves and allowing only one goal in a 3-1 win. He also helped kill off both SCSU power plays in the series.
Aslanidis finished the series with a 2-0-0 record, a .942 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average, totaling 49 saves on 52 shots. In the series, he upped his season save percentage from .854 to .888, while lowering his season GAA from 3.42 to 2.73. He also improved to 3-0-1 on the season as a starter, all during WMU’s unbeaten streak, the first four starts of his career, and has posted a 1.71 GAA and a .928 save percentage in those four games.
Louis Jamernik, North Dakota
After joining the team in the new year, Jamernik recorded his first collegiate points in North Dakota’s split at Denver, which were only his third and fourth games as a Fighting Hawk. In Sunday’s series opener, he had the primary assist on UND’s lone goal in a 4-1 defeat, which was his first career point. The next night, Jamernik added another primary helper, setting up a power play goal in the third period to seal UND’s 5-1 victory on Monday.
Jamernik finished the series with two assists, a +2 plus/minus and two blocked shots, while he also won three faceoffs at Denver. His two points led all NCHC rookies on the week.
Forward of the Week
Tyler Weiss, Jr., Omaha
Defenseman of the Week
Ronnie Attard, So., Western Michigan
Matt Kiersted, Sr., North Dakota
Goaltender of the Week
Austin Roden, So., Omaha
Rookie of the Week
Reid Irwin, D, Denver