COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading each of their teams to a win on the final weekend of the regular season, the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 26-March 4, 2018 are St. Cloud State sophomore forward Ryan Poehling for Offensive Player of the Week, SCSU junior blue liner Jimmy Schuldt for Defenseman of the Week, Western Michigan forward Josh Passolt for Rookie of the Week and Omaha junior netminder Evan Weninger for Goaltender of the Week. These are the final Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the 2017-18 season.
This is the first career NCHC weekly award for both Poehling and Passolt, while Schuldt collected his fourth Defenseman of the Week honor this season and of his career. Weninger garnered his eighth career NCHC weekly award, including sixth Goaltender of the Week nod and second this season.
Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State
Poehling powered St. Cloud State to a win and a tie at North Dakota to close the regular season, tallying three goals in the series. In Friday’s opener, the Montreal Canadiens first-round draft pick single-handedly led the Huskies to a win with his first career multi-goal game. With the game tied 2-2, Poehling used an incredible move on a breakaway to put SCSU in front in the third period, with his playing coming in at No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night. After UND forced overtime, he then scored again, striking on the power play 2:48 into the extra session for the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory. He put four shots on goal and was First Star of the Game Friday. The next night, he started a two-goal comeback with SCSU down 2-0 in the third period, as he scored his second power play goal of the weekend to get the Huskies on the board in an eventual 2-2 tie. Poehling finished the series with three goals, an even plus/minus and five shots on goal. On the season, he is fourth on SCSU in team scoring with 29 points on 12 goals and 17 assists in 30 games.
Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Schuldt was a force at both ends of the ice, helping SCSU earn four points at North Dakota last weekend with three points of his own. In Friday’s opener, he notched a pair of points, assisting on the Huskies’ first goal, which tied the game at 1-1 in the second period. Schuldt then scored a goal of his own on the power play two minutes later to put SCSU in front, 2-1, in an eventual 4-3 overtime win. He fired five shots on goal Friday and also blocked five shots, while helping the Huskies penalty kill go 3-for-4. The next night, Schuldt dished out another assist on the Huskies’ first goal, which started an SCSU comeback in the third period after UND went up 2-0. He blocked three more shots in Saturday’s 2-2 overtime tie. Schuldt ended the series with a goal, two assists, an even plus/minus, five shots on goal and eight blocked shots. The co-captain also helped hold UND to five goals on the weekend, including only two even strength markers. Schuldt ranks third nationally among blue liners with 36 points on the season, including eight goals and 28 assists in 34 games, while his +23 plus/minus is tops in the NCAA.
Josh Passolt, Western Michigan
Passolt had the best weekend of his young career to lead WMU to a split at Colorado College to close the regular season. In Friday’s opener, he handed out the primary assist on the Broncos’ lone goal, which opened the game’s scoring in an eventual 2-1 defeat. He was also +1 in the contest. On Saturday, Passolt tallied his second career two-point game, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period to break a 2-2 tie, while he also had the primary helper on WMU’s sixth goal in an 8-2 victory. He was +2 in the win. Passolt left Colorado Springs with three points on a goal and two assists, while logging a +3 plus/minus, putting two shots on goal and blocking a shot. On the season, Passolt now has 11 points on eight goals and three assists in 33 games.
Evan Weninger, Omaha
Weninger backstopped Omaha to a split at Minnesota Duluth last weekend. On Friday, he made 41 saves, his second-highest save total of the season, including 17 in the second stanza, and allowed only one goal in a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs to snap UMD’s four-game winning streak. He also denied UMD on its three power play chances to earn First Star of the Game. The win was his career-best 15th of the season. The next night, Weninger made 35 more saves and allowed three goals, one on the power play, in a 4-1 loss. The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan posted a 2.01 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage for the weekend, totaling 76 saves on 80 shots. He has now started the last 14 games for the Mavs and improved his save percentage from .890 to .900 in that stretch. On the season, he is 15-12-1 with a 3.31 GAA and his .900 save percentage.
Offensive Player of the Week
Joey Anderson, So., F, UMD – Scored three goals and was +2 in a split with Omaha, tallying UMD’s lone goal in a loss Friday, while striking twice, including an empty-netter, on Saturday and putting nine shots on goal in the series.
Karch Bachman, So., F, Miami – Compiled three points and fired nine shots on goal at Denver, with an assist in Friday’s loss, while notching his first career multi-goal game with two tallies in a tie Saturday, when he put seven shots on net.
Mason Bergh, Jr., F, CC – Compiled three points and fired eight shots on goal in a split with WMU, scoring CC’s first goal in a 2-1 win Friday, while assisting on both CC goals in a loss Saturday.
Troy Terry, Jr., F, Denver – Handed out a career-high four assists in Friday’s 6-3 win over Miami, while he finished +2 in the series.
Defenseman of the Week
Adam Plant, Sr., Denver – Scored a goal both nights against Miami, while he finished the series +1 and put seven shots on goal.
Rourke Russell, Fr., Miami – Tallied his first career multi-point game with two assists in Miami’s loss at Denver Friday, while he finished the series +1 with four blocked shots.
Christian Wolanin, Jr., UND – Totaled three points, six shots and three blocks against SCSU, scoring a goal in Friday’s OT loss, while dishing out assists on both UND goals in a 2-2 tie Saturday.
Rookie of the Week
Ryan Barrow, F, Denver – Recorded points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career with an assist in Friday’s win over Miami and a goal in Saturday’s tie.
Grant Mismash, F, UND – Tallied two points and put eight shots on goal against SCSU with an assist on Friday and a goal in Saturday’s tie.
Goaltender of the Week
Austin Cain, Fr., WMU – Started both games of a series for the first time all season, going 1-1 at CC with a 2.02 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Dávid Hrenák, Fr., SCSU – Went 1-0-1 at UND, compiling 58 saves for a .921 save percentage to go along with a 2.35 GAA in the series.