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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Jan. 12-18

By NCHC, 01/19/15, 5:15PM EST

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WMU’s Hargrove, DU’s LaLeggia and Jaillet and Omaha’s Peterson honored

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Jan. 12-18 on Monday with Denver capturing two of the honors while one winner repeated from last week. The winners for week 13 of the season are Western Michigan junior forward Colton Hargrove for Offensive Player of the Week, Denver senior blue liner Joey LaLeggia for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha freshman forward Avery Peterson for Rookie of the Week and DU freshman netminder Tanner Jaillet for Goaltender of the Week. Peterson has now captured Rookie of the Week three times this season, including each of the last two weeks, while LaLeggia has now earned Defenseman of the Week twice this season.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Colton Hargrove, Western Michigan

Junior Forward
Rockwall, Texas

Hargrove played a big role in WMU earning five points in its series at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, scoring three goals and adding an assist on the weekend. In Friday’s overtime tie, the Bruins prospect scored the first goal of the game in the first period to put the Broncos in front and had a +1 rating. The next night, Hargrove compiled a career-high three points to power WMU to a 4-2 win. He had the primary assist on the game’s first goal, which came on the power play, while he then scored the game’s final two goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. His first goal was the game-winner, which came unassisted midway through the period, while he sealed the win with an empty-net goal, earning him first star of the game honors. He finished the weekend with a +2 rating while extending his goal-scoring streak to five games.

DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Joey LaLeggia, Denver

Senior Defenseman
Burnaby, B.C.

LaLeggia had a monster weekend with a goal and an assist in both games as his four-point weekend guided Denver to a sweep of St. Cloud State. The Edmonton Oilers prospect also fired 14 shots on goal over the two games and posted a +4 rating in the series with seven shots on goal and a +2 rating in each contest. In Friday’s 3-1 win, LaLeggia assisted on the tying goal in the second period before scoring the game-winner just a few minutes later on the power play to put DU up 2-1. He was named the game’s first star on Friday. In the series finale Saturday, LaLeggia had a hand in the final two goals to break open a close game, scoring on the power play midway through the third period, while assisting on the game’s final goal minutes later to seal the 4-1 victory. He was the game’s third star Saturday. LaLeggia also led a Pioneer defense that allowed two goals all weekend and went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, while he blocked a shot Friday as well.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Avery Peterson, Omaha

Freshman Forward
Grand Rapids, Minn.

Peterson repeated as Rookie of the Week after a four-point weekend in a split at Colorado College. In Friday’s 4-3 loss, the Minnesota Wild prospect tried to rally the Mavs, scoring on the power play late in the third period to pull UNO within a goal. The next night, Peterson tied a career high with three points, having a hand in three straight goals after Omaha fell behind 1-0. He scored back-to-back goals in the second period, the first of which tied the game, while late in the period he struck again for the game-winning goal to put UNO up 2-1. Early in the third period, he had the primary assist on another goal to extend the Mavericks’ lead. Peterson posted a +3 rating and put four shots on goal in the game Saturday while earning first star of the game. He finished the series with a +1 rating and seven shots on goal. 

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Tanner Jaillet, Denver

Freshman Goaltender
Red Deer, Alberta

Jaillet had one of the best weekends of his young career, backstopping the Pioneers to a sweep of St. Cloud State, earning both wins in net. The rookie compiled a .978 save percentage against the Huskies, allowing just one goal all weekend, while posting a miniscule 0.59 goals-against average in the series. On Friday, Jaillet entered in relief late in the first period, pitching a shutout in his 41 minutes of work as he compiled 16 saves to help DU win, 3-1. The next night he earned the start in goal and made a career-high 28 saves on 29 shots in a 4-1 Pioneer victory while earning first star of the game honors. Jaillet totaled 44 saves on 45 shots in the series and helped kill all six SCSU power plays on the weekend.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Offensive Player of the Week
Hunter Fejes, Jr., F, CC – Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Friday’s 4-3 win over Omaha, while posting a +2 rating in the contest.

Michael Parks, Sr., F, UND – Tallied three points, seven shots on goal and a +2 rating in a sweep of Niagara, dishing out an assist in the win Friday, while scoring twice in a 5-0 shutout Saturday, including the game-winning goal, when he had a +3 rating.

Defenseman of the Week
Jordan Schmaltz, Jr., D, UND – Compiled four assists and a +5 rating in a sweep of Niagara, dishing out two assists each night, including on the game-winning goal Saturday, while blocking two shots and helping UND kill all six opponent power plays.

Jaccob Slavin, So., D, CC – Chipped in three points Friday, scoring the game’s first goal and adding two assists in a 4-3 win over UNO when he had a +2 rating, while he blocked eight shots in the series and helped CC go 9-for-10 on the penalty kill.

Rookie of the Week
Tucker Poolman, Fr., D, UND – Played both forward and defenseman in a sweep of Niagara, scoring a power play goal in Friday’s win, while handing out two assists and posting a +2 rating in a 5-0 shutout on Saturday as he led a penalty kill unit that was 6-for-6 on the weekend.

Goaltender of the Week
Lukas Hafner, Jr., G, WMU – Went 1-0-1 and won a shootout in net at UMD, while compiling a .925 save percentage (49 saves on 53 shots) and a 1.92 GAA in two starts as WMU was 7-for-8 on the penalty kill in the series.

Tyler Marble, So., G, CC – In his only appearance of the weekend, made 26 saves and helped CC go 4-for-5 on the penalty kill to backstop CC to a 4-3 win over Omaha Friday night.

Zane McIntyre, Jr., G, UND – Allowed just one goal all weekend in a sweep of Niagara, posting a .977 save percentage and a 0.50 GAA in the series, making 27 saves in a 7-1 win Friday, while stopping all 15 shots in a 5-0 shutout Saturday, his first shutout of the season

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