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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: February 22-28, 2021

By NCHC, 03/01/21, 9:00PM EST

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UMD’s Swaney, WMU’s Attard and Denver’s Chrona and Tuomisto honored for week 12

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading their teams to perfect weekends, three teams are represented among the week 12 Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week. Garnering Bauer NCHC weekly honors for the penultimate week of the regular season (Feb. 22-28, 2021) are Minnesota Duluth senior Nick Swaney for Forward of the Week, Western Michigan sophomore Ronnie Attard for Defenseman of the Week, Denver sophomore Magnus Chrona for Goaltender of the Week and Denver defenseman Antti Tuomisto for Rookie of the Week.

Swaney earned his third career NCHC Forward of the Week honor, but first since his sophomore campaign, and the fifth NCHC weekly award of his career. Attard nabbed his third Defenseman of the Week nod this season and fourth of his career, while it’s also his fifth career NCHC weekly honor. Chrona gloved his first career Goaltender of the Week award after earning Rookie of the Week once last season, while Tuomisto garnered his first career NCHC honor of any kind.

Forward of the Week

Nick Swaney, Minnesota Duluth
Senior Forward
Lakeville, Minn.

In his only game of the weekend, Swaney made history, becoming the 59th player in Minnesota Duluth program history to join the Century Club. The Minnesota Wild draft pick recorded his second career hat trick in UMD’s 5-1 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday, giving him 100 points for his career. Swaney scored the game’s first two goals, with his second serving as the game-winner, before capping the hat trick with UMD’s fourth goal to seal the victory. His first hat trick came as a sophomore on Jan. 25, 2019.

Swaney finished a stellar Senior Day with three goals, eight shots on goal, a blocked shot and a +3 plus/minus. He now has 46 goals and 54 assists for his career, becoming the second active NCHC player to join the Century Club. Swaney ranks second in the NCHC this season with both 27 points and 13 goals, chipping in 14 helpers too.

Defenseman of the Week

Ronnie Attard, Western Michigan
Sophomore Defenseman
White Lake, Mich.

Attard continued his strong play of late, powering the Broncos to a sweep of Miami and WMU’s fourth and fifth straight wins. The Philadelphia Flyers draft pick nabbed his second straight NCHC weekly honor when playing (WMU was idle two weeks ago), leading all NCHC skaters with five points on the weekend. In Friday’s 5-2 victory in Kalamazoo, he put the Broncos ahead 2-0 in the first period on the power play, with a goal and a primary assist. Two days later in Oxford, Attard tied a season high with three points, scoring the game-winning goal to break a 2-2 tie in the third period, while dishing out primary assists on WMU’s first and last goals in the 4-2 win Sunday.

Attard ended the series with two goals, three primary assists, 12 shots on goal, an even plus/minus and two blocked shots. Three of his points came on the power play as he helped the Broncos go 4-for-6 on the man advantage in the series, while anchoring a penalty kill that finished 4-for-4 against Miami. On the season, the sophomore leads all NCHC blue liners with both 22 points and eight goals, while adding 14 assists. He now has eight points (4g/4a) in his last three games, while Attard’s eight goals this year rank second nationally among defensemen.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Magnus Chrona, Denver
Sophomore Goaltender
Skellefteå, Sweden

Chrona had his best weekend of the season, backstopping Denver to a sweep of rival Colorado College, while helping secure the Gold Pan for a second straight season. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect made 24 saves and allowed only a late third-period goal in a 5-1 victory at CC. Two nights later in Denver, Chrona turned aside all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and third of his career. The sophomore also helped DU’s penalty kill finish 13-for-13 on the weekend, including 8-for-8 on Saturday when he made 11 short-handed saves.

Chrona totaled 53 saves on 54 shots against the Tigers for a .981 save percentage. He allowed only one goal for a 0.50 goals-against average, while going 2-0-0 in net on the weekend. On the season, Chrona improved to 6-10-0 with a .908 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA to go with his one whitewash.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Antti Tuomisto, Denver
Freshman Defenseman
Pori, Finland

Tuomisto contributed at both ends of the ice to help Denver sweep rival Colorado College and retain the Gold Pan trophy. On Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings draft pick scored DU’s third goal in a 5-1 win at Colorado College, his second tally of the season. Two days later, the Finn handed out assists on a pair of power play goals in a 4-0 victory to cap the home-and-home sweep in Denver. Tuomisto also played on a penalty kill unit that finished 8-for-8 in Saturday’s victory.

On the weekend, Tuomisto tallied a goal, two assists, fired four shots on goal, blocked three shots and posted a +3 plus/minus. He also helped DU’s penalty kill go a perfect 13-for-13 in the series. This season, he now has two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 22 games.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Forward of the Week
Cole Guttman, Jr., Denver
Paul Washe, Sr., WMU
Jasper Weatherby, Jr., UND

Defenseman of the Week
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Jr., UND

Goaltender of the Week
Brandon Bussi, So., WMU
Adam Scheel, Jr., UND
Zach Stejskal, Fr., UMD

Rookie of the Week
Aidan Fulp, D, WMU
Jake Sanderson, D, UND

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