COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading each of their teams to victories last weekend, four different schools are represented among the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 11-31, 2017. Garnering Bauer NCHC weekly honors for week 11 are Colorado College sophomore forward Nick Halloran for Offensive Player of the Week, Omaha sophomore blue liner Ryan Jones for Defenseman of the Week, Denver freshman forward Kohen Olischefski for Rookie of the Week and Minnesota Duluth sophomore netminder Hunter Shepard for Goaltender of the Week.
The award is Halloran’s second career NCHC weekly honor but first Offensive Player of the Week nod after earning Rookie of the Week last year. Shepard picked up his third NCHC Goaltender of the Week award this season, while this week marked the first career NCHC weekly honors for both Jones and Olischefski.
Nick Halloran, Colorado College
Halloran tallied five points to lead Colorado College to a 2-1-1 record in its last four games, scoring a goal in all four games. He is the first CC player to score a goal in four straight games since Alexander Krushelnyski during the 2013-14 campaign. Halloran scored CC’s second goal in a win Dec. 16 vs. Arizona State, while scoring the first goal for the Tigers the next night in a tie. He then notched CC’s first goal both games this past weekend against Air Force and Merrimack, adding an assist against the Falcons for a two-point night Dec. 29. He finished the four-game stretch with four goals, an assist and 21 shots on goal, while averaging 1.25 points per game. Halloran leads the team, is tied for second in the NCHC, and tied for third in the country with a career-high 27 points (11g, 16a) this season.
Ryan Jones, Omaha
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Jones contributed at both ends of the ice to lead Omaha to a sweep of No. 19 Union. On Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick scored the eventual game-winning goal, the first of his career, on three shots on goal and was +2 in the Mavericks’ 5-1 win. He also registered one shot block and helped the penalty kill go 4-for-4 to earn Second Star of the Game. The next night, he handed out two assists, including on the game-winning goal, was +1 and had three blocked shots as the Mavericks completed the sweep with a 5-3 victory. Jones finished the series with a goal, two assists, a +3 plus/minus, four blocked shots and four shots on goal. He has one goal and five assists in 16 games this season.
Kohen Olischefski, Denver
Olischefski had a breakout two weekends for the Pioneers to close December, racking up four points in four games. He had just one point all season prior to the last two series. On Dec. 15, he assisted on the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over Dartmouth, setting up the game-winner on the power play, while putting six shots on goal. The next night, he scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to earn First Star of the Game. This past Friday, he scored again, tying the game at 1-1 in the first period in an eventual loss to Merrimack. He was +1 and nabbed Third Star of the Game Friday. Olischefski finished the four-game stretch with the first three goals of his career, an assist, +1 and 14 shots on goal. On the season, he has three goals and two assists in 15 games.
Hunter Shepard, Minnesota Duluth
Despite missing five skaters to the World Junior Championship, Shepard backstopped Minnesota Duluth to the Ledyard Classic title, earning tournament MVP honors after going 1-0-1 in net. On Friday, he earned his third shutout of the season and of his career, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over Yale. The next night in the championship game, Shepard made a career-high 41 saves in a 2-2 tie with host Dartmouth, including five saves in overtime. He also then made two saves in a three-person shootout after overtime to clinch the tournament title for UMD. Shepard finished the Ledyard Classic with 70 saves on 72 shots faced for a .972 save percentage, while posting a 0.96 goals-against average and not allowing a goal on six opponent power play chances. On the season, he is 9-7-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA.
Offensive Player of the Week
Wade Allison, So., F, WMU – Scored a goal and handed out two assists, including on the game-winner, in a 5-2 win at Bowling Green last Thursday when he was +1.
Jarid Lukosevicius, Jr., F, DU – Totaled four points in four games on two goals and two assists, including three points in a win over Air Force Saturday, while firing 20 shots on goal in the four contests.
Fredrik Olofsson, Jr., F, Omaha – Compiled three points in a sweep of Omaha with a goal each night, while also adding an assist in Friday’s win when he was +3.
Defenseman of the Week
Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., D, SCSU – Tallied three points and blocked five shots in a pair of ties at Princeton, rallying SCSU for a tie each night with a goal and an assist Friday and another assist on Saturday.
Rookie of the Week
Austin Rueschhoff, Fr., F, WMU – Scored two goals in WMU’s lone game, a 5-2 win at Bowling Green on Thursday, including tallying the game-winner with a +1 plus/minus and three shots on goal.
Nick Swaney, Fr., F, UMD – Handed out three assists to help UMD win the Ledyard Classic with two helpers in Friday’s shutout of Yale and another assist in a tie with Dartmouth Saturday.
Goaltender of the Week
Tanner Jaillet, Sr., G, DU – Posted a 2-2-0 record, totaling 84 saves in four games for a .923 save percentage, while logging a 1.83 GAA, including a shutout of Dartmouth on Dec. 15.
Evan Weninger, Jr., G, Omaha – In his only start of the weekend, made 18 saves on 19 shots in a 5-1 win over Union Friday, for a .947 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA.