COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 9-15 on Monday with Miami capturing two of the four honors. The winners for week 17 of the season are St. Cloud State junior forward David Morley for Offensive Player of the Week, Denver senior blue liner Joey LaLeggia for Defenseman of the Week, Miami freshman defenseman Louie Belpedio for Rookie of the Week and MU junior netminder Jay Williams for Goaltender of the Week. LaLeggia has now earned his award four times this season, including last week, while Belpedio is now a two-time Rookie of the Week and Williams has claimed his award four times this season, as well.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
David Morley, St. Cloud State
Richmond Hill, Ont.
Morley compiled four points on two goals and two assists in a split at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, having a hand in four of SCSU’s six goals on the weekend. In Friday’s 4-2 loss, he handed out the primary assist on both Huskies goal, including the first goal of the game in the first period. The next night, Morley scored two goals, the first two of the game, to put SCSU in front. His first goal came midway through the second period to break a scoreless deadlock, while he tallied the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period to put the Huskies up 2-0 in a 4-1 victory. He put two shots on goal and posted a plus-2 rating in Saturday’s win, while earning first star of the game Saturday. Morley finished the weekend with a plus-2 rating while he is now riding a six-game point streak with two points in each of his last four games.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Joey LaLeggia, Denver
LaLeggia earned NCHC weekly honors for a second straight week after a three-point weekend at No. 3/2 North Dakota, scoring a goal and handing out two assists. In Friday’s loss, he played a part in both Denver goals, scoring the first goal of the game on the power play in the second period, while he assisted on DU’s second goal, which tied the game at 2-2 in the third period. The Edmonton Oilers prospect put four shots on goal in the 4-2 loss and was named the game’s third star. In Saturday’s 3-3 overtime tie, LaLeggia tallied the only assist on the Pioneers’ first goal, which started a comeback in the second period. He fired four more shots on goal, giving him eight on the weekend, while he was plus-1 Saturday and had a plus-1 rating in the series. LaLeggia blocked three shots on the weekend, as well, and helped DU’s penalty kill go 6-for-9 in the series.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Louie Belpedio, Miami
Belpedio had a two-point weekend to lead Miami to a road sweep at Colorado College. In Friday’s 3-1 win, he helped set up the game-winning goal in the second period, which came short-handed and broke a 1-1 tie. The Minnesota Wild prospect also put three shots on goal and had a plus-1 rating in the win. The next night, Belpedio opened the game’s scoring, tallying a power play goal midway through the second period to break a scoreless deadlock in an eventual 2-1 victory. He finished the weekend with six shots on goal, a plus-1 rating and a blocked shot, while helping limit the Tigers to two goals on the weekend (one each night). Belpedio also anchored a penalty kill unit that was 7-for-8 at CC, including 3-for-3 on Friday.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Jay Williams, Miami
Williams backstopped the RedHawks to their first ever regular season NCHC road sweep, posting a .960 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average while collecting two wins in net at Colorado College. On Friday, he made 22 saves and helped Miami go 3-for-3 on the penalty kill while giving up just one goal in a 3-1 victory. The next night, Williams turned aside 26 of 27 shots with the only Tiger goal coming on the power play as his 14 third-period saves Saturday closed out a 2-1 Miami win. Williams was named first star of the game both nights in the sweep. He finished the weekend with 48 saves on 50 shots and helped Miami go 7-for-8 on the penalty kill in the series. His .800 win percentage (16-4-0) on the season is tied for first nationally.
Offensive Player of the Week
Luke Johnson, So., F, UND – Handed out four assists in a win and a tie against Denver, dishing out a pair of helpers in each game, including two on the power play, while posting a plus-2 rating in the series.
Trevor Moore, So., F, Denver – Totaled three points at UND, assisting on a goal in Friday’s loss, while scoring two goals, including the game-tying goal, in a tie Saturday when he also scored in the shootout to clinch an extra point in the standings for DU.
Austin Ortega, So., F, Omaha – Tallied two points in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Western Michigan, assisting on the game’s first goal, while scoring the game-winning goal, which tied the NCAA single-season record of 10 game-winners.
Defenseman of the Week
Nick Mattson, Sr., D, UND – Compiled two points against Denver, handing out an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday, while he scored a power play goal in Saturday’s 3-3 tie, finishing the weekend with a plus-2 rating and also helping UND’s power play go 3-for-9 on the weekend.
Rookie of the Week
Nick Schmaltz, Fr., F, UND – Tallied two points in a win and tie against Denver, scoring the game-winning goal in Friday’s 4-2 win, while he handed out an assist on a power play goal in a 3-3 tie Saturday and went 12-8 in the faceoff circle in the series.
Goaltender of the Week
Ryan Massa, Sr., G, Omaha – Compiled a .948 save percentage and a 1.51 GAA in a split with Western Michigan, making 27 saves in a 2-1 loss Friday, before bouncing back with 28 saves in a 3-1 win Saturday, totaling 55 saves on 58 shots on the weekend.