COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three schools are represented among the final Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week in 2021. Earning Bauer NCHC weekly honors for the week of Dec. 6-12 (week 11) are North Dakota sophomore Louis Jamernik for Forward of the Week, Denver sophomore Mike Benning for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha junior Isaiah Saville for Goaltender of the Week and UND netminder Jakob Hellsten for Rookie of the Week.
This is Saville’s fourth Goaltender of the Week nod this season, while it is Benning’s second NCHC weekly honor of the year. It’s the first of the season for both Jamernik and Hellsten.
The next Bauer NCHC Players of the Week will be announced on Monday, Jan. 3 and will include all games played from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2.
Louis Jamernik, North Dakota
Jamernik ignited North Dakota’s offense in a sweep at Colorado College with a trio of goals. He scored UND’s first goal both nights, tying the game at 1-1 in the first period each time after CC had opened the scoring. In doing so, he stretched his going-scoring streak to three games. Along with UND’s opening goal each night, Jamernik also sealed Saturday’s 4-1 victory with an empty-net goal, his second multi-goal game of the season. He went over .500 in the faceoff circle on both Friday and Saturday, as well.
Jamernik ended the series with three goals, four shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus. He also went 20-for-34 on faceoffs (.588) on the weekend, including 11 wins on Saturday. UND improved to 5-0-0 this season when Jamernik scores a goal. He is now tied for second on the team with seven goals and has five assists for 12 points in 19 games on the year.
This is Jamernik’s first NCHC weekly honor of the season and first career Forward of the Week nod, but he did earn Rookie of the Week once last season.
Mike Benning, Denver
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Benning had a big game last Friday to help Denver earn a split at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. He scored two goals in the 5-0, series-opening shutout and posted a +3 plus/minus. The Florida Panthers draft pick scored DU’s third and fifth goals in the win, both coming even strength in the second period. It was his second multi-goal game of the season. Benning also helped the DU penalty kill finish 3-for-3 in Friday’s whitewash. He saw his career-long, six-game point streak snapped on Saturday in a loss to the Bulldogs.
Benning finished the weekend with two goals, scoring on his only two shots on goal in the series, and recorded a +1 plus/minus. He also blocked a shot on Friday and played on a penalty kill that went 4-for-5 in the series against UMD. On the season, Benning now leads all NCHC blue liners with seven goals and has 15 points in 16 games.
This is Benning’s second career NCHC Defenseman of the Week award, also earning it for the first time three weeks ago.
Isaiah Saville, Omaha
Saville had a strong showing at No. 4 Western Michigan last weekend, backstopping Omaha to a split on the road. On Friday, the Vegas Golden Knights prospect made 24 saves and allowed three goals (only one even strength) in a 4-2 defeat. It was the next night that Saville really shined, however, as he made a season-high 41 saves Saturday, stopping every shot he faced for his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Each save was needed, as well, in the 1-0 win, as the junior turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the third period with Omaha holding a narrow lead. He also made nine saves short-handed to kill off all five WMU power plays in the game.
Saville finished the weekend with 65 saves on 68 shots faced, allowing only three goals (one a penalty shot and one on the power play) for a .956 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average. On the season, Saville is now 9-4-0 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA in 13 starts. His three shutouts tie for sixth nationally.
Saville is now a four-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week this season, while he has five career NCHC Goalie of the Week nods and now has seven career NCHC weekly honors.
Jakob Hellsten, North Dakota
Hellsten was impressive in his first collegiate start Saturday at Colorado College, earning his first career win in only his second appearance in net for UND. The Swede allowed only one goal and none even strength in a 4-1 victory, while racking up 23 saves. After allowing an early power-play goal, Hellsten shut down the Tigers the rest of the way, helping kill off the final five CC power plays by making seven short-handed saves. He also made nine third-period saves with UND clinging to a 2-1 lead.
In his only start of the weekend, Hellsten compiled a .958 save percentage by making 23 saves on 24 shots, while posting a 1.00 goals-against average. In limited action this year, Hellsten is now 1-0-0 with a 3.30 GAA and an .882 save percentage in two appearances.
This is Hellsten’s first career NCHC weekly honor, while he’s the third Fighting Hawk to win Rookie of the Week this season (forwards Jake Schmaltz and Matteo Costantini).
Forward of the Week
Carter Mazur, Fr., Denver
Jack Olmstead, Sr., Miami
Kobe Roth, Sr., UMD
Defenseman of the Week
Chris Jandric, Gr., UND
Goaltender of the Week
Magnus Chrona, Jr., Denver
Jakob Hellsten, Fr., UND
Rookie of the Week
Owen Gallatin, D, UMD
Carter Mazur, F, Denver