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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Dec. 8-14

By NCHC, 12/15/14, 5:00PM EST

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UMD’s Toninato, Omaha’s Brady and Randolph, and WMU’s Hafner honored

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the Week of Dec. 8-14 on Monday with Omaha claiming half of the four awards. The winners for week 10 of the season are Minnesota Duluth sophomore forward Dominic Toninato for Offensive Player of the Week, Omaha sophomore defenseman Ian Brady for Defenseman of the Week, UNO freshman forward Jake Randolph for Rookie of the Week and Western Michigan junior netminder Lukas Hafner for Goaltender of the Week. Toninato and Hafner are repeat winners from earlier this season. This will be the final Bauer NCHC Players of the Week until Monday, Jan. 5.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dominic Toninato, Minnesota Duluth

Sophomore Forward
Duluth, Minn.

Toninato tallied three goals in a split at No. 4 Michigan Tech, which entered the weekend as the top defensive team in the country. The Maple Leafs prospect scored two goals in UMD’s 3-1 win over the Huskies Friday, notching the game’s first goal in the first period on the power play and sealing the game with another marker in the third period. The next night, he added another goal, striking in the third period to help the Bulldogs start a rally from two-goals down before they fell, 4-3, in the closing minute. Toninato finished the weekend with a +1 rating and fired nine shots on goal. He now leads the NCHC with 13 goals this season, which is tied for third nationally.

DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Ian Brady, Omaha

Sophomore Defenseman
Lombard, Ill.

Brady contributed on both ends of the ice for the Mavericks, leading Omaha to a sweep of St. Cloud State. He recorded four points on the weekend while logging a +3 rating in the series and blocking a shot. In Friday’s 3-2 win, he had a hand in all three goals, scoring one and adding two assists for a career-high three points. Brady scored the game’s first goal on the power play, then dished out the primary assist on the game-tying goal in the second period and also helped set up the game-winner on the power play in the final frame. He was named the game’s second star for his efforts Friday. The following night, he recorded another assist on the tying goal in the second stanza in a 5-3 comeback win and posted a +2 rating. Defensively, he helped UNO go 4-for-6 on the penalty kill against the Huskies in the series.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jake Randolph, Omaha

Freshman Forward
Duluth, Minn.

Randolph helped Omaha sweep St. Cloud State behind a four-assist weekend. In Friday’s 3-2 victory, he assisted on the game-tying goal in the second period and had a +1 rating. The next night, he handed out a career-high three assists, also a career best for points, with the primary assist on Omaha’s first two goals, the second of which tied the game at 2-2 in the second period. His final assist led to an empty-net goal that sealed the 5-3 victory. Randolph was named the game’s first star Saturday when he had a +3 rating. He finished the weekend with a +4 rating and put two shots on goal. His 16 points this year tie for third nationally among freshmen.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Lukas Hafner, Western Michigan

Junior Goaltender
Toledo, Ohio

Hafner backstopped the Broncos to a win and a tie against Colorado College, while also helping WMU win the shootout on Saturday.  He posted a 1-0-1 record on the weekend while recording a .935 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average in the series. On Friday, he made 18 saves with the only goals allowed coming on the power play in a 3-2 overtime win. The next night, he stopped 25 shots, including 13 in the first period, in a 1-1 overtime tie as he was named the game’s second star. Hafner then stopped three of four attempts in the ensuing shootout to give WMU an extra point in the NCHC standings. He surrendered just three goals all weekend with only one even strength, stopping 43 of 46 shots against, and helped the Broncos go 6-of-8 on the penalty kill against CC.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Offensive Player of the Week
Cody Bradley, Jr., F, CC – Had a hand in all three goals against Western Michigan, assisting on CC’s first goal Friday and scoring the game-tying goal late, while he also scored CC’s only goal in a tie Saturday.

Sheldon Dries, So., F, WMU – Tallied three points and a +2 rating against CC, scoring WMU’s first goal and adding an assist on the overtime game-winner Friday, while setting up the game-tying goal in a 1-1 tie Saturday.

Defenseman of the Week
Nick Mattson, Sr., D, UND – After being a healthy scratch Friday, chipped in two points in Saturday’s win, scoring the game’s first goal while assisting on the final goal in a 3-1 win over DU when he had a +2 rating and blocked two shots.

Rookie of the Week
Frederik Tiffels, Fr., F, WMU – Scored two goals in a 3-2 win over CC Friday, including the game-winner in overtime, while he netted the shootout-winning goal Saturday after the teams tied 1-1 and had a +1 rating in the series.

Goaltender of the Week
Evan Cowley, So., G, Denver – In his only game of the series, made 29 saves in a 3-1 win over North Dakota Friday for a .967 save percentage while helping kill all three UND power plays.

Ryan Massa, Sr., G, Omaha – Backstopped Omaha to a sweep of SCSU, recording a 2.50 GAA and a .934 save percentage in two wins while compiling 71 saves in the series, including a career-high 47 in a 3-2 win Friday.

Zane McIntyre, Jr., G, UND – Went 1-1 against Denver, compiling a .934 save percentage and a 2.04 GAA in two starts, making 32 saves in a 3-1 win Saturday and 57 saves total in the series.

Chase Perry, Fr., G, CC – In his only game of the weekend, made a career-high 35 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie at WMU Saturday for a .972 save percentage while killing all three WMU power plays.

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