COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While only four National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) teams were in action last weekend, all three teams that picked up a win saw at least one player earn Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 5-11, 2018. Collecting NCHC weekly honors for week 17 are Colorado College freshman forward Troy Conzo for Offensive Player of the Week, North Dakota junior blue liner Christian Wolanin for Defenseman of the Week, St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Dávid Hrenák for Rookie of the Week and UND freshman netminder Peter Thome for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Conzo’s first career NCHC weekly honor, while Hrenák garnered his second Rookie of the Week award and Thome picked up his second Goaltender of the Week nod this season. Wolanin secured his second career NCHC Defenseman of the Week honor with his first coming last year as a sophomore.
Troy Conzo, Colorado College
Entering with three goals all season, Conzo nearly doubled his goal total while compiling three points in a split at North Dakota. He logged his first career multi-goal game in Friday’s 4-2 victory, CC’s first in Grand Forks since 2014, scoring each of the Tigers’ first two goals, putting CC in front both times. His second goal came unassisted and short-handed for his first career short-handed tally and the Tigers’ first shorty of the season. He finished a career-best +3 in the win and earned First Star of the Game. The next night, Conzo had the primary assist on CC’s only goal in a 5-1 defeat, stretching his point streak to a career-long three games. He finished the series with two goals, an assist, a +1 plus/minus, three shots on goal and three blocked shots. He was also 25-25 in the faceoff circle. On the season, Conzo now has five goals and 13 points in 26 games.
Christian Wolanin, North Dakota
Wolanin compiled three points to lead all NCHC blue liners in scoring last weekend, while helping UND earn a split with Colorado College. On Friday, he scored the Fighting Hawks’ first goal of the game on a penalty shot in the second period to tie the game. The Ottawa Senators draft pick also fired five shots on goal and blocked a shot in Friday’s 4-2 loss and was tabbed Second Star of the Game. A night later, Wolanin handed out assists on each of UND’s first two goals, both on the power play in the second period, to break a scoreless tie and put North Dakota in front for good, with his second helper coming on the game-winning goal. He finished the series with a goal, two assists, six shots on goal and one blocked shot, while helping the penalty kill finish 9-for-9 on the weekend. On the season, Wolanin has a team-best 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists, tying for third among NCHC defensemen in scoring.
Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State
Považská Bystrica, Slovakia
In his only outing of the weekend, Hrenák recorded his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 win at Miami on Saturday. He totaled 30 saves to earn the whitewash win, including 13 in the third period with SCSU holding to a slim, 1-0 lead. One of the 13 saves he turned aside was a penalty shot in the third period to keep the Huskies in front and the shutout intact. Hrenák also made five saves to help kill all four Miami power plays on Saturday, despite Miami’s unit ranking second nationally. On the season, he is now 8-4-0, while dropping his goals-against average to 1.95 and upping his save percentage to .928. His three shutouts tie for second nationally among rookie netminders.
Peter Thome, North Dakota
Thome allowed only two goals all weekend in a split with Colorado College, while playing nearly 75 percent of the team’s minutes in net. On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect entered in relief with UND trailing 2-1 nearly midway through the game and gave up only one more goal in an eventual 4-2 defeat, while compiling 14 saves. The next night he earned his 10th start of the season and again allowed only one goal the entire game, stopping 20 shots in a 5-1 victory. He was named Second Star of the Game on Saturday, making seven saves during CC’s power plays to kill all five of the Tigers’ man advantages. Thome finished the series 1-1-0 with a .944 save percentage, a 1.35 goals-against average and 34 total saves in 89 minutes of action. On the season, he is 5-3-3 while he upped his save percentage to .917 and dropped his GAA to 2.15.
Offensive Player of the Week
Patrick Newell, Jr., F, SCSU – Totaled four points and was +3 in a sweep of Miami, handing out an assist Friday, while tallying three points Saturday, including a short-handed empty-net goal and assist to close the game.
Austin Poganski, Sr., F, UND – Compiled three points in a split with CC with an assist in Friday’s loss, while scoring a goal and setting up the game-winner in Saturday’s victory.
Defenseman of the Week
Jon Lizotte, Jr., D, SCSU – Had the lone assist on SCSU’s first goal and blocked six shots in Friday’s win at Miami when he was +2, while he finished the series +5 with nine blocked shots, helping pitch a shutout on Saturday.
Alex Pernitsky, So., D, CC – Scored his first career goal and point, which was the game-winner, in Friday’s 4-2 win at UND when he was +2, while he finished the series +3 with a blocked shot.
Rookie of the Week
Goaltender of the Week