COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading each of their teams to series sweeps over the weekend, the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of November 27 to December 3, 2017 (week 9) are St. Cloud State sophomore forward Jake Wahlin for Offensive Player of the Week, SCSU junior blue liner Jimmy Schuldt for Defenseman of the Week, North Dakota freshman forward Grant Mismash for Rookie of the Week and Denver senior netminder Tanner Jaillet for Goaltender of the Week.
This is the first career NCHC weekly award for Wahlin, while Schuldt nabbed his third Defenseman of the Week award this season and of his career. Mismash has now taken Rookie of the Week honors four times this season, while Jaillet garnered his seventh career NCHC Goaltender of the Week award, but first this season.
Jake Wahlin, St. Cloud State
Saint Paul, Minn.
Wahlin had the best weekend of his collegiate career, tallying five points for SCSU in a sweep at Omaha. After entering with no goals and only two points all season, he snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with goals and multiple points both nights against the Mavericks. On Friday, Wahlin recorded a career-high three points and notched his first career multi-goal game, scoring the Huskies second and sixth goals – his first two of the season – and added the primary assist on SCSU’s fourth goal in a 7-4 victory. The sophomore was +2 in the win and earned First Star of the Game. A night later, Wahlin scored the game’s first goal in the second period, which remained the game-winner in a 5-0 shutout. He also handed out the primary helper on SCSU’s third goal Saturday, while he was again +2 and nabbed Second Star of the Game. Wahlin finished the series with three goals, two assists, a +4 plus-minus and five shots on goal, giving him seven points (3g, 4a) on the season.
Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Schuldt continued his strong junior campaign, chipping in three assists offensively, while anchoring the Huskies’ blue line in a sweep of Omaha. In Friday’s 7-4 victory, he handed out the primary assist on SCSU’s second goal to go up 2-1 in the first period. He was also on the ice for five of the Huskies’ goals and none of Omaha’s for a +5 plus-minus on the night, while also blocking three shots. On Saturday, Schuldt helped SCSU shut out the Mavericks in a 5-0 win, while dishing out assists on both SCSU power play goals in the game, which came on the Huskies’ second and final tallies. The undrafted free agent was +2 Saturday, blocked seven shots and helped kill all five UNO power plays. Schuldt finished the weekend with three assists, 10 blocked shots and a +7 plus-minus, which led all NCAA skaters on the week. He also led SCSU’s penalty kill to an 8-for-9 performance in the series. On the season, Schuldt leads the NCAA with a +22 plus-minus and leads NCAA defensemen with 19 points (5g, 14a).
Grant Mismash, North Dakota
Mismash picked up his fourth NCHC Rookie of the Week nod in nine weeks after continuing his strong freshman campaign with three points in a sweep of Western Michigan. On Friday, the Nashville Predators draft pick doled out the primary assist on UND’s first goal to open the scoring, which came on the power play, as he snapped a four-game pointless streak. He also fired two shots on goal in the 4-3 victory. The next night, Mismash tied a career high with two points, again setting up UND’s first goal with a primary assist in the final minute of the first period that tied the game. He then sealed the 4-1 victory, tallying UND’s final goal in the third period, while putting three shots on net and logging a +1. Mismash totaled a goal, two assists, a +1 plus-minus and had five shots on goal in the sweep, giving him 14 points on the season (5g, 9a) to lead NCHC rookies.
Tanner Jaillet, Denver
Red Deer, Alberta
Jaillet backstopped Denver to a sweep at Minnesota Duluth, allowing only one goal all weekend. On Friday, he turned aside all 28 shots he faced, including 12 in the third period, to pitch his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career. The Pioneers needed every save as Jaillet was named Third Star of the Game in the 1-0 victory. On Saturday, Jaillet made 27 more saves in a 2-1 victory, allowing only an even strength goal in the third period that broke up a second straight shutout. He was named the game’s First Star Saturday as DU was outshot, 28-15. Jaillet also helped kill all five UMD power plays on the weekend, including all three in Friday’s shutout. The Alberta native finished the series with 55 saves on 56 shots for a .982 save percentage, while going 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average. Jaillet is now 8-2-2 on the season with a .921 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA.
Offensive Player of the Week
Nick Jones, Jr., F, UND – After missing Friday’s game with an illness, tallied the game-tying goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win over WMU with a +1 plus-minus.
Defenseman of the Week
Hayden Shaw, Jr., D, UND – Scored a goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over WMU, while posting a +2 plus-minus, putting four shots on goal and blocking five shots in the series sweep.
Rookie of the Week
Dávid Hrenák, Fr., G, SCSU – In his only game of the weekend, made a career-high 40 saves Saturday to pitch his second career shutout in a 5-0 win at Omaha.
Goaltender of the Week
Cam Johnson, Sr., G, UND – Backstopped UND to a sweep of WMU, posting a 2-0-0 record with a .902 save percentage, totaling 37 saves in the two games, while logging a 2.00 GAA.