COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Dec. 1-7 on Monday with North Dakota capturing three of the four awards. The winners for week nine of the season are Miami senior forward Cody Murphy for Offensive Player of the Week, North Dakota junior defenseman Jordan Schmaltz for Defenseman of the Week, UND freshman defenseman Tucker Poolman for Rookie of the Week and North Dakota junior netminder Zane McIntyre for Goaltender of the Week, his second straight week claiming the award.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cody Murphy, Miami
After entering the weekend with one goal all season, Murphy exploded for four goals in a split with No. 12 Omaha. He recorded his first career hat trick in Friday’s 8-2 win, scoring all three consecutively for a natural hat trick. He broke a 1-1 tie with a first-period goal and added two more in the second stanza to put Miami comfortably ahead while his second goal was the eventual game-winner. Murphy also had a +3 rating in the contest and was named the game’s first star. On Saturday, he scored a power play goal in the third period to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games while pulling the RedHawks within a goal at 3-2 in an eventual loss. Murphy finished with a +2 rating on the weekend and put nine shots on goal.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Jordan Schmaltz, North Dakota
Schmaltz was productive at both ends of the ice in UND’s sweep of Lake Superior State, totaling five points in the series while contributing on both special teams. He notched multiple points in both games, including four on the power play, scoring a goal and chipping in four assists on the weekend. In Friday’s 7-4 comeback win, the Blues prospect handed out a trio of assists, including two on the man advantage, to tie a career high for both points and assists. The next night, Schmaltz tallied a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in a 3-1 victory as his helper set up the game’s first goal while his score late in the third period sealed the win. He blocked a shot in each game, while helping UND go a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill, including 7-for-7 Saturday, and 5-for-9 on the power play in the series.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tucker Poolman, North Dakota
East Grand Forks, Minn.
Poolman showed off his versatility in North Dakota’s sweep of Lake Superior State, playing forward one night and defenseman the next, while racking up three points in the series. In Friday’s 7-4 comeback win, he moved to forward after UND lost two forwards to injury in the first period and scored a pair of power play goals in a span of a little more than six minutes in the second period, the latter of which tied the game at 4-4. He was named first star of the game for his efforts. The next night, the Winnipeg draft pick moved back to his natural defenseman position and dished out an assist on a power play goal in the third period that sealed the 3-1 win. Poolman was tabbed third star of the game Saturday. He finished the weekend with eight shots on goal, including seven Friday, and two blocked shots. He also was big on special teams, helping UND go 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in the series and 5-for-9 on the power play with all three of his points coming on the man advantage.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Zane McIntyre, North Dakota
Thief River Falls, Minn.
For the second straight week McIntyre claimed NCHC Goaltender of the Week after compiling a .933 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average in two games and 99 minutes of action. He went 2-0-0 in net in a sweep of Lake Superior State, entering in relief on Friday, as he came in early in the second period with UND down 3-0 and stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced to allow North Dakota to rally for the 7-4 win. The Bruins prospect was named the game’s third star Friday. The next night, he surrendered just one goal late in the contest while making 16 saves in his only start of the series – a 3-1 UND victory. McIntyre helped kill all nine LSSU power plays on the weekend, including seven on Saturday, and stopped 28 of 30 shots against in the series to pick up his NCAA-leading 12th win of the season.
Offensive Player of the Week
Adam Krause, Sr., F, UMD – Returned from injury and tallied three points in a sweep of CC, assisting on the game-tying goal Friday, while scoring a goal and adding an assist Saturday as he finished the weekend with a +3 rating and nine shots on goal.
Austin Ortega, So., F, UNO – Recorded three points in a split with Miami, dishing out an assist on the first goal in a loss Friday, while scoring two early goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win Saturday when he was +2.
Jordan Schmaltz, Jr., D, UND – Totaled five points in a sweep of LSSU with three assists on Friday and a goal and an assist Saturday with four of his points coming on the power play.
Defenseman of the Week
Matthew Caito, Jr., D, Miami – Had a big game in Friday’s 8-2 win over Omaha with a career-high three points, scoring a goal and adding two assists, including one on the game-winner, while posting a +4 rating in the game.
Andy Welinski, Jr., D, UMD – Tied a career high with three points in a 7-2 win over CC Saturday, scoring the game-winner while assisting on two other goals and blocking two shots.
Rookie of the Week
Louie Belpedio, Fr., D, Miami – Chipped in assists on each of Miami’s first two goals in an 8-2 win over Omaha on Friday, while posting a +2 rating and blocking a shot in the game as well as Miami was 8-for-9 on the penalty kill.
Danton Heinen, Fr., F, DU – Tallied three points in a split at Cornell, assisting on DU’s lone goal in a loss Friday, while adding two more assists in Saturday’s 3-1 win to extend his point streak to six games.
Karson Kuhlman, Fr., F, UMD – Handed out three assists in a sweep of CC, dishing out one helper on UMD’s first goal in a 3-2 win Friday, while tallying two more assists in a 7-2 win Saturday as he was +3 on the weekend.
Avery Peterson, Fr., F, UNO – Compiled three points in a split at Miami, assisting on UNO’s first goal in a loss Friday, before chipping in a goal and an assist while posting a +2 rating in a win Saturday.
Goaltender of the Week
Kasimir Kaskisuo, Fr., G, UMD – Backstopped UMD to a sweep of Colorado College, compiling a .902 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA in two wins, stopping 41 of 45 shots against while giving up just two goals each night.