COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Players of the Week for the week of Oct. 21-27 on Monday. Earning Offensive Player of the Week is Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik, while St. Cloud State took home two awards as sophomore defenseman Ethan Prow is Defenseman of the Week and freshman forward Ryan Papa is Rookie of the Week. Colorado College senior goaltender Josh Thorimbert garnered Goaltender of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Austin Czarnik, Miami
Czarnik assisted on five of Miami’s six goals on the weekend at No. 8 Providence, with four helpers coming on the power play and one coming short-handed. The RedHawk captain dished out the primary assist on four of the goals, including both of Miami’s tallies on Friday to help tie the game in the third period before Miami fell in overtime. On Saturday, Czarnik had three assists in a 4-4 overtime tie, again bringing the RedHawks back from a two-goal deficit. The center put seven shots on goal against the Friars and blocked six shots in the two games.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Ethan Prow, St. Cloud State
Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Prow helped lead St. Cloud State to a road sweep at Colgate, as he handed out three assists on the weekend while posting a +3 rating and blocking four shots with two in each game. In Friday’s 4-2 win, he notched the primary assist on the game-winning goal in the third period, his first helper of the year, and had a +2 rating. In Saturday’s 4-3 victory, he dished out two assists and recorded a +1 rating. The sophomore also helped the Huskies go 5-for-7 on the penalty kill on the weekend and was not on the ice for either of Colgate’s power play goals.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ryan Papa, St. Cloud State
Prospect Heights, Ill.
Papa had the best weekend of his young career, scoring his first two goals as a Husky while helping St. Cloud State sweep Colgate. On Friday, he scored his first collegiate goal early in the second period to help lift SCSU to a 4-2 victory. On Saturday, he struck again midway through the first period to put SCSU up 2-0 in the Huskies’ 4-3 win. Papa totaled four shots on goal, with two in each game, and posted a +2 rating, going +1 in each contest. He also blocked a shot Saturday.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Josh Thorimbert, Colorado College
Despite getting little offensive support, Thorimbert was very strong in net for Colorado College over the weekend at Clarkson. He allowed just three goals in two goals while stopping 70 of the 73 shots he faced for an impressive .959 save percentage. On Friday, he compiled 28 saves in a 2-1 loss, allowing just one even-strength goal. The next night he was even better, nearly pitching his fourth career shutout as he saved the first 42 shots he faced before Clarkson snuck one past him with 9.9 seconds left in overtime for a 1-0 win. The senior posted a 1.45 goals-against average in nearly 125 minutes of action while helping kill six of seven Clarkson power plays.
Offensive Player of the Week
Nick Oliver, Jr., F, SCSU – Had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win at Colgate Friday, including scoring the game-winner, while posting a +4 rating on the weekend
Quentin Shore, So., F, Denver – Totaled three points on the weekend, scoring a goal in each game while also recording an assist in Friday’s win over Niagara as the two points tied a career high
Defenseman of the Week
David Makowski, Sr., D, Denver – Tallied a career-high three points in Friday’s win over Niagara, including a career-best two goals, one of which was the game-winner, while blocking three shots on the weekend
Rookie of the Week
Goaltender of the Week
Aaron Crandall, Sr., G, UMD – Compiled 45 saves combined in a split with No. 2 Notre Dame for a .918 save percentage, while allowing just four goals all weekend for a 2.02 goals-against average