COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the 2014-15 regular season underway, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has announced its first Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the 2014-15 season after seven NCHC teams were in action over the weekend. The Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Oct. 7-12 are Minnesota Duluth sophomore forward Dominic Toninato for Offensive Player of the Week, Colorado College senior defenseman Peter Stoykewych for Defenseman of the Week, Miami freshman defenseman Louie Belpedio for Rookie of the Week and UMD junior netminder Matt McNeely for Goaltender of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dominic Toninato, Minnesota Duluth
Toninato led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the Ice Breaker Tournament, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team after facing a pair of ranked opponents. The Maple Leafs prospect totaled four points on the weekend, while posting a +3 rating and firing eight shots on goal in two games. In Friday’s 4-3 loss to No. 1 Minnesota, he logged his first multi-goal game with a +2 rating as his two goals nearly helped pull off a comeback. In Sunday’s consolation game, he added two more points, including another goal for three on the weekend, along with an assist on the game-winner in a 3-0 shutout of No. 12 and host Notre Dame. Toninato had a hand in four of UMD’s six goals at the tournament.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Peter Stoykewych, Colorado College
Stoykewych anchored the Tigers blue line in a sweep of Alabama-Huntsville, while tallying two points and posting a +3 rating in the series. In Friday’s 3-2 win, he logged a +1 rating while blocking two shots. CC’s captain had his best game Saturday though, as he scored the game-winning goal with 5:26 left to play in a 4-3 victory. Stoykewych also assisted on CC’s second goal Saturday and had a +2 rating while blocking a shot. The Jets prospect finished with three blocked shots and helped CC go 4-for-6 on the penalty kill while limiting UAH to 44 shots on goal on the weekend.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Louie Belpedio, Miami
Belpedio saw his first collegiate action in a split with Bowling Green and played heavy minutes on the RedHawks’ top defensive pairing in both contests. The Wild prospect helped Miami go 8-for-11 on the penalty kill against the Falcons, including 4-of-6 in Friday’s 3-2 loss. On Sunday, Belpedio scored Miami’s first goal of the game for his first career goal, while also blocking three shots and posting a +1 rating. He finished the weekend +1 and led a penalty kill unit that went 8-for-11.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Matt McNeely, Minnesota Duluth
McNeely backstopped Minnesota Duluth to a 3-0 win against host and No. 12 Notre Dame in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Tournament Sunday. In his only game of the weekend, McNeely saved all 23 shots he faced, while helping UMD kill all six Notre Dame power plays. The shutout was the second of his career and first since his freshman campaign. McNeely also picked up an assist on the Bulldogs second goal in the win for his first collegiate point.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jonny Brodzinski, Jr., F, SCSU – Had a hand in all four Husky goals in a split with No. 5 Colgate, assisting on SCSU’s lone goal Friday, while he tallied his second career hat trick in a 3-1 win Saturday, scoring the game-winner with a +2 rating.
Sheldon Dries, So., F, WMU – Recorded his first career multi-goal game in a 4-1 win at Canisius Saturday, scoring WMU’s first two goals, including the game-winner, while posting a +1 rating in the contest.
Jake Guentzel, So., F, Omaha – Totaled five points in a split with No. 11 Minnesota State, including a career-best four in Friday’s win when he had a goal and three helpers with one coming on the game-winner, while he scored a second goal on the weekend in Saturday’s loss.
Sean Kuraly, Jr., F, Miami - Recorded three points in a split with Bowling Green, tallying an assist in Friday's loss, while scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory Sunday.
Peter Maric, Jr., F, CC – Recorded three assists in a sweep of UAH, assisting on both game-winners, while posting a +2 rating in the series.
Defenseman of the Week
Matthew Caito, Jr., D, Miami – In his only game of the weekend, dished out two assists in a 3-2 win over BGSU Sunday, setting up the game-winner while his other assist was a shot that was deflected for a goal.
Chris Dienes, So., D, WMU – Handed out three assists in a split at Canisius, dishing out one on the power play in Friday’s loss, while notching his first multi-point game with two assists, including one on the game-winner, in Saturday’s win when he was +1.
Paul LaDue, So., D, UND – Tallied an assist on the power play on UND’s lone goal Friday, while he blocked four shots, was +1 and helped UND go 6-for-7 on the penalty kill in Saturday’s win over Bemidji State.
Andy Welinski, Jr., D, UMD – Totaled two points at the Ice Breaker Tournament with a goal on Friday, when he also blocked four shots, while adding an assist in helping pitch a 3-0 shutout of Notre Dame on Sunday when he was +1.
Rookie of the Week
Teemu Kivihalme, Fr., D, CC – Scored his first career goal in his first collegiate game, helping CC earn a 3-2 win Friday when he was +2, while he finished the weekend with a +1 rating and a blocked shot.
Aidan Muir, Fr., F, WMU – Dished out a pair of assists in a split with Canisius with one in each game, while also posting a +2 rating in Saturday’s win.
Nick Schmaltz, Fr., F, UND – Scored UND’s only goal in a loss Friday for his first career goal in his first collegiate game, while putting two shots on goal.
Luc Snuggerud, Fr., D, Omaha – Notched two points in his first collegiate game, scoring a goal and adding an assist to help UNO beat No. 11 Minnesota State Friday, while he blocked four shots in the series.
Goaltender of the Week
Lukas Hafner, Jr., G, WMU – Backstopped WMU to a 4-1 win at Canisius Saturday in his only action, stopping 14 of 15 shots faced for a .933 save percentage with the lone goal allowed coming 5-on-3.
Tyler Marble, So., G, CC – Went 2-0 in net in a sweep of UAH, totaling 16 saves in a 3-2 win Friday, while he made 14 stops in relief in the third period of Saturday’s 4-3 win as he posted a .938 save percentage in the series, allowing just two goals on 32 shots faced.
Jay Williams, Jr., G, Miami – Entered in relief of an injured Ryan McKay early in the game Sunday for his only action on the weekend and earned the win, making 23 saves while allowing just two goals (one even strength) for a .920 save percentage.