COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Nov. 17-23 on Monday. The winners for week seven of the season are Denver junior forward Quentin Shore for Offensive Player of the Week, DU sophomore defenseman Will Butcher for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha freshman forward Tyler Vesel for Rookie of the Week and Miami junior netminder Jay Williams for Goaltender of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Quentin Shore, Denver
Shore led the Pioneers to a pair of wins on the weekend, tallying five points on four goals and an assist. In Friday’s 7-0 shutout of Air Force, Shore recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist for a career-high four points. His hat trick was the natural variety, scoring all three of his goals consecutively in the second period, with one each coming short-handed, even strength and on the power play. The Senators prospect also assisted on DU’s final goal Friday, which also came on the power play, while he was named the game’s first star. On Saturday, he scored his fourth goal of the weekend in the second period on the power play to put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 in an eventual 3-2 win over Wisconsin. Shore was named the game’s second star on Saturday. He finished the weekend with a +2 rating and eight shots on goal.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Will Butcher, Denver
Sun Prairie, Wis.
Butcher anchored a Denver blue line that allowed just two goals all weekend while the Pioneers picked up a pair of wins. The Avalanche draft pick tallied all three of his points on the weekend in Friday’s game, scoring a goal and handing out two assists. Butcher assisted on DU’s first goal in the 7-0 shutout over Air Force, which turned out to be the game-winner, while his second helper and his goal came on the power play in the final two periods. The next night, he posted a +1 rating and blocked a shot in a 3-2 win over Wisconsin. Butcher finished the weekend +1, blocked two shots and led a Denver penalty kill that was 6-for-7, including 5-for-5 against the Falcons.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tyler Vesel, Omaha
Vesel tallied three points in a split with No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth. Friday he handed out the primary assist on a power play goal in a 3-2 loss. The next night, he scored Omaha’s first goal of the game to tie the contest and had the primary assist on UNO’s next goal later in the first period, which turned out to be the game-winner in a 4-1 victory. Vesel was named the game’s third star Saturday when he had a +2 rating. The Oilers prospect finished with a +2 rating on the weekend, blocked five shots and put three shots on goal.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Jay Williams, Miami
Williams continued his hot start to the season, backstopping the RedHawks to a sweep of Western Michigan. He picked up both wins in net over the weekend while compiling a 1.00 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage in the series. On Friday, he stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career in a 1-0 victory as he earned the game’s first star. The next night, he gave up just two goals, including only one even strength, in a 5-2 victory, as he made 23 more saves. Williams stopped 46 of 48 shots against him in the series and helped kill eight of nine WMU power plays, including all four on Friday. He is now a NCAA-best 10-1-0 on the season in goal and has claimed NCHC Goaltender of the Week twice this season.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jonny Brodzinski, Jr., F, SCSU – Had a hand in all three goals in a 3-1 win over UND Friday, scoring the final two goals, including the game-winner, in the third period, while setting up the first goal as he fired 12 shots on goal in the series split.
Blake Coleman, Sr., F, Miami – Totaled four points in a sweep of WMU, scoring the game’s only goal Friday on the power play while adding a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win on Saturday when he was +3.
Austin Ortega, So., F, Omaha – Compiled four points in Saturday’s 4-1 win over UMD, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, while assisting on UNO’s other two goals in the game as he was +4 in the contest and finished the weekend split with a +3 rating.
Defenseman of the Week
Matthew Caito, Jr., D, Miami – Helped pitch a shutout Friday against WMU, while handing out two assists, including on the game-winner, Saturday when he was +2 and blocked a shot in each game.
Rookie of the Week
Louie Belpedio, Fr., D, Miami - Assisted on Miami’s only goal Friday in a 1-0 shutout while he helped complete the sweep of WMU Saturday, finishing the weekend with two blocked shots, a +1 rating and helping kill 8-of-9 Bronco power plays.
Danton Heinen, Fr., F, Denver – Tallied three points in a pair of wins, dishing out an assist on a power play goal in Friday’s 7-0 win over Air Force, while scoring the game-winning goal and adding an assist in a 3-2 win Saturday over Wisconsin.
Trevor Olson, Fr., F, UND – Scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in his only game of the weekend Saturday, including tallying the game-winner in a 3-2 win over SCSU when he had a +1 rating.
Goaltender of the Week
Evan Cowley, So., G, Denver – In his only appearance of the weekend, stopped all 16 shots he faced and helped kill all five Falcon power plays to pitch a shutout in a 7-0 win over Air Force, his second shutout of the season.
Charlie Lindgren, So., G, SCSU – Went 1-1 in net in a split with UND, stopping 26 shots in a 3-1 win Friday, while making a season-high 36 saves in a 3-2 loss Saturday as he finished the series with a 2.02 GAA and a .939 save percentage with 62 combined saves.
Ryan Massa, Sr., G, Omaha – Went 1-1 in net in a split with UMD, compiling 33 saves in a 3-2 loss Friday before rebounding with a season-high 39 saves in a 4-1 win Saturday as he compiled a 2.00 GAA and a .947 save percentage in the series with a combined 72 saves.
Zane McIntyre, Jr., G, UND – Posted a 1-1 record in net in a split at SCSU, recording 31 saves in a 3-1 defeat Friday before bouncing back to make 27 saves in a 3-2 victory Saturday as he finished with a 2.51 GAA and a .921 save percentage in the series.