COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Underclassmen shined in week eight with a sophomore and a freshman from both Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota capturing National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) weekly honors. Garnering Bauer NCHC honors for the week of Jan. 25-31, 2021 are UND sophomore Shane Pinto for Forward of the Week, North Dakota freshman Cooper Moore for Defenseman of the Week, Minnesota Duluth sophomore Ryan Fanti for Goaltender of the Week and UMD defenseman Wyatt Kaiser for Rookie of the Week.
Pinto procured his second NCHC Forward of the Week honor this season and of his career, while he was a three-time Rookie of the Week last season. Fanti gloved his second Goaltender of the Week nod this season and of his career, while these are the first career NCHC weekly honors for both Moore and Kaiser. Kaiser is the first non-forward to win NCHC Rookie of the Week this season.
Shane Pinto, North Dakota
Franklin Square, N.Y.
Pinto recorded multiple points both nights in North Dakota’s split at then-No. 9 Omaha, totaling four points in the two games. In Friday’s 6-2 victory, the Ottawa Senators prospect set up the game’s opening goal only 1:25 into the contest with the lone assist, then scored the game-tying goal to make it 2-2, the first of five straight UND goals. The next night, Pinto book-ended North Dakota’s scoring in a 5-4 loss, tallying UND’s first goal on the power play and last goal with an extra attacker.
In the faceoff circle, Pinto was just as dominant, going 24-14 for a .632 win percentage against the Mavericks. He finished the series with three goals, an assist, six shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus. Pinto has now recorded multiple points in four straight games, with six goals and two assists in that span, while his nine multi-point games this season are tops in the NCAA. On the season, he leads the NCHC with 11 goals and 23 points, both of which rank fourth nationally.
Cooper Moore, North Dakota
Cos Cob, Conn.
Moore tied for the NCHC scoring lead among defensemen on the weekend with two points, while helping UND to a road split at Omaha. Both of his points came in North Dakota’s 6-2 victory over the Mavericks on Friday for his first career multi-point game. The Detroit Red Wings draft pick scored his second goal of the season only 1:25 into the game to put UND ahead, while adding the primary assist on the Fighting Hawks’ fourth goal, which helped seal the win.
Moore fired one shot on goal each night and was +1 in both games. He finished the series with a goal, an assist, two shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus. Both of his goals this season have come in his last four games, while he now has five points overall on the year (2g, 3a) in 14 games.
Ryan Fanti, Minnesota Duluth
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Fanti backstopped the Bulldogs to a sweep at Miami last weekend, giving up only four goals in the series. On Friday, he made 14 saves and surrendered just one goal in a 2-1 victory, nearly recording a shutout before the RedHawks scored with less than five minutes to play in the game. A night later, Fanti racked up a career-high 32 saves in a 6-3 victory to seal the sweep.
Fanti finished the weekend with a 2-0-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage, while totaling 46 saves on 50 shots. He is now 8-4-2 on the season, with the eight wins tied for second in the NCHC, while compiling a 2.33 GAA and a .908 save percentage this year.
Wyatt Kaiser, Minnesota Duluth
Ham Lake, Minn.
Kaiser was strong at both ends of the ice and on special teams as Minnesota Duluth pushed its win streak to four games over the weekend. Kaiser played on UMD’s top defensive pair both nights in the road sweep of Miami. On Friday, he helped limit the RedHawks to only one goal in a 2-1 victory, while playing on a penalty kill unit that went 3-for-3 in the game.
The next night, Kaiser handed out the primary assist on UMD’s second goal, which came on the power play and made it a 2-0 game in an eventual 6-3 victory. Kaiser also blocked three shots and fired three shots on goal in Saturday’s win. The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick finished the weekend with an assist, five blocked shots, five shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus. On the season, Kaiser now has eight assists in 17 games.
Forward of the Week
Cole Koepke, Jr. Minnesota Duluth
Chayse Primeau, Jr., Omaha
Defenseman of the Week
Ethan Frisch, So., North Dakota
Goaltender of the Week
Rookie of the Week