COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced its Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 23-March 1 on Monday with Denver claiming two of the four honors. The winners for week 19 of the season are Denver sophomore forward Trevor Moore for Offensive Player of the Week, North Dakota senior blue liner Nick Mattson for Defenseman of the Week, DU freshman forward Danton Heinen for Rookie of the Week and Colorado College sophomore netminder Tyler Marble for Goaltender of the Week. Heinen has now claimed NCHC Rookie of the Week four times this season and Offensive Player of the Week once.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trevor Moore, Denver
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Moore had a monster weekend in a split with No. 5 Miami, tallying six points on two goals and four assists in the two contests. In Friday’s 5-3 defeat, he had a hand in two of DU’s three goals, tallying the primary assist on Denver’s first goal while scoring the third goal late in the game with an extra attacker. The next night, Moore tied a career high with four points while posting a plus-2 rating. He assisted on DU’s first goal Saturday while he scored the third goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, all in the first period to help DU build a 4-0 lead. He then had the primary assist on each of the Pioneers’ final two goals in the third period to seal the 6-2 win with two of his three assists in the game coming on the power play. Moore was named the game’s first star on Saturday. He finished the weekend with a plus-2 rating, three blocked shots and seven shots on goal, including six in Saturday’s win. His 18 goals on the season now lead the NCHC.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Nick Mattson, North Dakota
Mattson contributed at both ends of the ice in a sweep of St. Cloud State to help UND clinch a share of the NCHC regular season title. Offensively, the Blackhawks draft pick totaled three points on a goal and two assists, while defensively he helped limit the Huskies to three goals all weekend, none of which came even strength. In Friday’s 3-2 victory, Mattson dished out two assists, the first coming on the power play while his second helper set up the eventual game-winning goal, which put UND up 3-0 at the time. He also posted a plus-2 rating and blocked two shots in Friday’s win, while earning first star of the game honors. On Saturday, Mattson scored a goal of his own on the power play to put UND up 3-0 late in the second period as he was named the game’s third star. He finished the weekend with a plus-3 rating, two blocked shots and helped UND go 8-for-11 on the penalty kill against SCSU, including 6-for-7 Saturday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Danton Heinen, Denver
Heinen continued to be a catalyst for the Pioneers in their spilt with No. 5 Miami, notching six points on two goals and four assists in the two games. In Friday’s 5-3 loss, the Bruins draft pick handed out two assists, each time setting up a goal to bring DU within one of Miami. The next night, he tied a career high with four points, helping Denver jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. He tallied the Pioneers’ first goal of the game on the power play and then had the primary assist on the eventual game-winner to make it 3-0. Heinen added another assist and scored another power play goal in the third period to seal the 6-2 victory. He was named the game’s second star Saturday while putting seven shots on goal and posting a plus-2 rating in the game, which were also his series totals.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Marble, Colorado College
Marble had a career weekend as he backstopped CC to a four-point series against Western Michigan, earning a tie and a win in goal. In the series he posted a 0.96 goals-against average and a .975 save percentage while giving up just two goals all weekend. On Friday, Marble compiled a career-high 50 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie, becoming the first CC goalie with 50 saves since Feb. 7, 2014, while his 21 saves in the second period tied a single-period career high. He added 20 more saves in the third period as he was named the game’s first star. The next night Marble pitched his first career shutout, stopping all 27 shots that came his way in a 5-0 win. He was named second star of the game Saturday. Marble also helped CC go a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill against WMU, including 5-for-5 on Saturday, as he made 14 saves on the Broncos nine man advantages. He finished the weekend with 77 saves on 79 shots against.
Offensive Player of the Week
Riley Barber, Jr., F, Miami – Tallied four points in a split at Denver, scoring two goals and adding an assist in Friday’s win, while he also scored a power play goal in Saturday’s loss.
Cody Bradley, Jr., F, CC – Notched a career-high four points in a 5-0 shutout of WMU Saturday, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and adding two assists while posting a plus-2 rating.
Connor Gaarder, Sr., F, UND – Posted a three-point weekend and a plus-3 rating in a sweep of SCSU, scoring the game-winning goal in both games while also handing out an assist in Saturday’s win.
Defenseman of the Week
Aaron Harstad, Sr., D, CC – Assisted on the game-winning goal in Saturday’s shutout victory over WMU while blocking five shots in the series with a plus-2 rating and helping CC go 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.
Joey LaLeggia, Sr., D, DU – Recorded four points in a split with Miami, handing out two assists in Friday’s loss, while scoring a goal and adding another helper in Saturday’s win.
Rookie of the Week
Kasimir Kaskisuo, Fr., G, UMD – Backstopped UMD to a pair of overtime ties against Omaha, allowing just one goal each game while posting a 0.92 GAA and a .966 save percentage in the series with 57 total saves.
Teemu Kivihalme, Fr., D, CC – Dished out two assists on the power play in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout of WMU and blocked three shots in Friday’s tie while helping CC go 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.
Austin Poganski, Fr., F, UND – Notched two points and a plus-2 rating in a sweep of SCSU, assisting on the game-winner Friday while scoring the game’s first goal Saturday.
Goaltender of the Week
Ryan Massa, Sr., G, Omaha – Led Omaha to a pair of overtime ties and shootout wins at UMD, allowing just one goal each game while compiling a 0.92 GAA and a.963 save percentage in the series and stopping five of six shootout attempts against him.
Zane McIntyre, Jr., G, UND – Backstopped UND to a sweep of SCSU, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .942 save percentage in the two wins with 22 saves Friday and 27 saves Saturday while allowing just three power play goals all weekend.