COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After each helped their team to 2-0 weekends to open the regular season, the Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for week two hail from St. Cloud State, Western Michigan and Denver. Garnering Bauer NCHC Player of the Week accolades for Oct. 8-14, 2018 are St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell for Offensive Player of the Week, WMU junior blue liner Cam Lee for Defenseman of the Week, DU freshman forward Emilio Pettersen for Rookie of the Week and Denver sophomore netminder Devin Cooley for Goaltender of the Week.
This is the first career NCHC weekly honor for all four players.
Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Newell had one of the best weekends of his career to start the season, totaling five points to lead SCSU to a sweep at Alaska. In Friday’s 3-2 victory, he had a hand in all three tallies, dishing out the primary helper on the Huskies’ first goal to tie the game. He then scored both SCSU goals in the second stanza to put the Huskies up for good, including his second goal serving as the game-winner on the power play. The two goals and three points both tied career highs. The next night, Newell chipped in two more points, again setting up SCSU’s first goal with the primary assist, while also again scoring the game-winner in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. The senior fired three shots on goal in each game, giving him six for the weekend, while he posted a +3 plus/minus, three goals and two assists in the series.
Cam Lee, Western Michigan
Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia
After being held pointless in a season-opening loss to Bowling Green on Tuesday, Lee spurred the Broncos at both ends of the ice to a home-and-home sweep of in-state rival Ferris State. On Friday in Big Rapids, Lee tallied the game-winning goal in the first period, putting WMU in front 4-0 in an eventual 4-3 win. A night later in Kalamazoo, he tied a career high with his second ever three-point game, while helping the Broncos blank the Bulldogs, 5-0. Lee had the lone helper on WMU’s second goal and made it 3-0 minutes later with a power play marker. He also set up a power play goal in the final frame to make it 4-0, while earning Second Star of the Game. Lee finished the week with two goals, two assists and 10 shots on goal, including eight in Saturday’s whitewash. He also led a penalty kill that went 11-for-13 in the three games, blocked eight shots and posted a +1 plus/minus, going +1 in both games against FSU.
Emilio Pettersen, Denver
Pettersen had a fantastic start to his collegiate career, totaling four points on opening weekend to lead DU to a 2-0 start. In his collegiate debut Friday, he recorded three points in a 4-1 win at Air Force, playing a role in the final three Pioneer goals. The Calgary Flames prospect set up the second goal on the power play, which served as the game-winner, while scoring his first career goal in the second period to make it 3-0. He added the lone assist on DU’s final goal to cap the victory, putting five shots on goal in the game. In his home debut on Saturday, Pettersen logged the primary helper on the Pioneers’ second goal in a 6-0 shutout of Alabama-Huntsville. He finished the weekend with a goal, three assists, +3, including +2 on Friday, and seven shots on goal.
Devin Cooley, Denver
Los Gatos, Calif.
In his first collegiate starts, Devin Cooley was as cool as could be, allowing only one goal, while backstopping DU to a pair of wins. On Friday, he made 22 saves at Air Force, including 12 in the second stanza, while allowing only one goal, which came on the power play, in a 4-1 victory – his first collegiate win in net. The next night, Cooley made his first start at home and recorded his first career shutout, turning aside all 16 shots he faced, with 10 coming in the third period, in a 6-0 whitewash of Alabama-Huntsville. Cooley finished the weekend with 38 saves on 39 shots, a 0.50 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage with no even-strength goals allowed.
Offensive Player of the Week
Trey Bradley, Sr., F, CC – Scored two goals, including the game-winner, Saturday against Air Force.
Liam Finlay, Jr., F, Denver – Recorded a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s win over Alabama-Huntsville.
Parker Mackay, Sr., F, UMD – Scored the game-winning goal in both games at Michigan Tech, while adding an assist on Saturday, as well.
Fredrik Olofsson, Sr., F, Omaha – Handed out five assists in two games at Union, including three on Saturday.
Josh Passolt, So., F, WMU – Logged five points, including two goals, in three games, with a goal against BGSU Tuesday, an assist Friday vs. FSU and three points in a shutout against FSU Saturday.
Defenseman of the Week
Jack Ahcan, Jr., SCSU – Handed out five assists in SCSU’s sweep at Alaska, while recording a +4 plus/minus.
Andrew Farny, Sr., CC – Led a defense that allowed one goal in two games, while blocking eight shots and finishing +1.
Dean Stewart, Jr., Omaha – Tallied a goal and an assist in Friday’s tie at Union.
Rookie of the Week
Noah Cates, Fr., F, UMD – Dished out two assists in Saturday’s win at Michigan Tech.
Drew Worrad, Fr., F, WMU – Tallied a point in all three games last week with two assists and his first career goal Saturday, while going 35-8 (.814) in the faceoff circle.
Bryan Yoon, Fr., D, CC – Blocked three shots and posted a +2 plus/minus in a pair of wins over Air Force and UAH.
Goaltender of the Week
Trevor Gorsuch, Sr., WMU – Recorded his first career shutout on Saturday, making 26 saves in a win over Ferris State.
Ryan Larkin, Jr., Miami – Posted a 1.50 GAA and .943 save percentage at the Ice Breaker Tournament, logging a shutout Saturday against host Mercyhurst.
Alex Leclerc, Jr., CC – Posted a 2-0 record with only one goal allowed, pitching a shutout against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, while recording a .972 save percentage on the weekend.
Hunter Shepard, Jr., UMD – Posted a 2-0 record with a .935 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA in a sweep at Michigan Tech.