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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Oct. 25-31, 2021

By NCHC, 11/01/21, 4:30PM EDT

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Omaha’s Ward and Saville, WMU’s Attard and CC’s Chorske honored for Week 5

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hat tricks and plenty of treats were on display over Halloween weekend, as the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Oct. 25-31, 2021 combined for two hat tricks, a shutout and a first career goal. Earning Bauer NCHC honors for week 5 are Omaha senior Taylor Ward for Forward of the Week, Western Michigan junior Ronnie Attard for Defenseman of the Week, UNO junior Isaiah Saville for Goaltender of the Week and Colorado College forward Brett Chorske for Rookie of the Week. Saville is now a three-time Goaltender of the Week this season, while it is the first NCHC weekly award of the season for the other three.

Forward of the Week

Taylor Ward, Omaha
Senior Forward
Kelowna, B.C.

Ward was an absolute monster on Halloween weekend, totaling eight points in a sweep of Long Island, tying his career high with four points each night. Friday marked Ward’s 100th career game as a Maverick and he celebrated by scoring a pair of power play goals and dishing out two assists in a 6-0 shutout. His goals came less than three minutes apart early in the third period to push UNO’s lead to 3-0, while his first assist set up the game’s opening goal, which was the game-winner. The next night, the assistant captain recorded his second career hat trick and doled out another helper. Two of his goals came on the power play again, while he capped the hat trick with Omaha’s final goal in a 7-1 victory.

Ward ended the weekend with five goals, including four on the power play, and three assists, while firing six shots on goal and posting a +2 plus/minus. He entered the series with two four-point games in his career, one of which was Ward’s other hat trick on Feb. 1, 2020 against Western Michigan, before doubling that against the Sharks. On the season, Ward leads the NCHC with 16 points and 10 goals, with at least a point in all eight games for UNO so far.

This is Ward’s third career NCHC Forward of the Week honor, earning it once each of the last two seasons, as well, while it’s his sixth career NCHC weekly award, as he was also a three-time NCHC Rookie of the Week.

Defenseman of the Week

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

Attard powered Western Michigan to a sweep at Colgate over the weekend, racking up five points on the offensive side, while anchoring the WMU blue line. On Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick took over the game, rallying the Broncos from a five-goal deficit to a 6-5 win with a career-high four points. Attard became only the second NCHC defenseman ever to record a hat trick, netting WMU’s second goal late in the second period, before tying the game at 5-5 and capping his hat trick with the game-winning goal with 1:13 left in regulation. He also assisted on WMU’s third goal and finished a career-best +4 on the night. A night later, the assistant captain led the Broncos’ penalty kill to finish 4-for-4, while he had the primary assist on the overtime game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory on a give-and-go play with senior Ethen Frank, sealing the sweep.

Attard finished the weekend with three goals, two assists, 15 shots on goal, including 10 in Friday’s comeback win, and a +5 plus/minus. He also had a hand in both game-winning goals, blocked three shots in Friday’s overtime victory and helped WMU finish 6-for-10 on the penalty kill in the series. This season, Attard is tied for second among NCHC blue liners with eight points, while his four goals tie for first among NCHC defenseman.

This is Attard’s fifth career NCHC Defenseman of the Week nod, including three last season, and sixth career NCHC weekly award.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Isaiah Saville, Omaha
Junior Goaltender
Anchorage, Alaska

Saville was sharp in net in his lone start of the weekend Friday against Long Island, backstopping Omaha to a 6-0 shutout in the first ever meeting between the teams. He made 23 saves to earn his second whitewash of the season (also Oct. 3 vs. Lake Superior State) and his fourth career shutout. Of his 23 saves, nine each came in the first and third periods, including two short-handed saves, as he helped Omaha go 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. With the win, the Vegas Golden Knights prospect stretched his personal winning streak to a career-long six games, while the Mavericks are now on a seven-game win streak.

Saville improves to 6-1-0 on the season with the win. With his 1.000 save percentage in Friday’s contest, he is now second in the NCHC with a .931 save percentage, while his 1.55 goals-against average on the season is also second in the NCHC.

Saville is now a three-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week this season, also winning in weeks 1 (Oct. 4) and 3 (Oct. 18), while he has four career NCHC Goalie of the Week nods and six career NCHC weekly honors.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Brett Chorske, Colorado College
Freshman Forward
Edina, Minn.

After not dressing for CC’s first seven games of the season, Chorske made the most of his collegiate debut, tallying the first two points of his career to help lead the Tigers to a win over rival Air Force on Saturday. Chorske scored his first collegiate goal on the power play late in the second period to make it a 5-0 game, before tallying his first assist on CC’s seventh goal in an 8-1 beatdown of the Falcons that secured the Pikes Peak Trophy for the Tigers for a third straight time. He finished Saturday’s game +1 and scored on his only shot on goal, as CC earned its first ever win at the new Ed Robson Arena.

This is Chorske’s first career NCHC weekly award.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Forward of the Week
Riese Gaber, So., UND
Matthew Gleason, So., CC
Jason Polin, Jr., WMU

Defenseman of the Week
Nicklas Andrews, So., CC
Ethan Frisch, Jr., UND
Brandon Scanlin, Jr., Omaha

Goaltender of the Week
None

Rookie of the Week
Davis Pennington, D, Omaha
Jake Schmaltz, F, UND

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