COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A pair of Pioneers that led Denver to a pair of wins and a pair of rookies that played big roles in wins for their team last weekend make up the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for week five of 2018-19. Garnering Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2018 are Denver senior forward Jarid Lukosevicius for Offensive Player of the Week, DU sophomore blue liner Ian Mitchell for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha freshman forward Taylor Ward for Rookie of the Week and North Dakota freshman netminder Adam Scheel for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Mitchell’s second career NCHC Defenseman of the Week honor, also earning the award last year as a rookie, while this is the first career NCHC weekly honor for Lukosevicius, Ward and Scheel.
Jarid Lukosevicius, Denver
Lukosevicius had a monster weekend to power Denver to a conference-opening sweep of Western Michigan, tallying the game-winner and earning First Star of the Game both nights. On Friday, the senior recorded his second career hat trick in a 5-2 victory, tallying goals three different ways. He scored the game’s first goal short-handed on a breakaway, while his second marker broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and served as the game-winner. He capped his hat trick with a power play goal in the third period to seal the victory, while he put five shots on goal and was +1 in the win. In the next night’s 4-3 overtime victory, Lukosevicius added two more tallies, again striking on the power play to make it 2-0 DU in the second period, while he buried the game-winner midway through overtime after the Broncos had rallied. He finished with five goals in the series on nine shots on goal and posted a +1 plus/minus, as he stretched his point streak to six games to start the season (7g, 3a). His seven goals this year lead the NCHC and rank third nationally.
Ian Mitchell, Denver
Mitchell was productive at both ends of the ice in Denver’s sweep of Western Michigan, totaling four points from the blue line. In Friday’s 5-2 victory, he dished out a pair of primary assists, recording the lone helper on Jarid Lukosevicius’ game-winner that broke a 2-2 tie, while also setting up Lukosevicius’ power play goal that capped his hat trick and the game’s scoring. A night later, the Chicago Blackhawks draft pick again handed out two assists for the third straight game, setting up a pair of power play goals. His first helper made it 2-0 DU in the second period, while his final assist set up the tying goal late in the third period that forced overtime in an eventual 4-3 victory. Mitchell was selected Second Star of the Game Saturday. Defensively, he blocked four shots in the two games, helped DU’s penalty kill go 4-for-5 in the series and finished with an even plus/minus. Offensively, Mitchell compiled four primary assists, including three on the power play, and four shots on goal, with two each night.
Taylor Ward, Omaha
Ward led the Omaha offense last weekend, tallying three points in a spilt with Miami. In Friday’s loss, the Canadian tallied the Mavericks’ lone goal, finishing pretty passing on the power play to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. He was named Second Star of the Game. On Saturday, Ward led Omaha to its first win of the season with his first career multi-point game. After falling behind 2-0, Ward scored a goal late in the first period to stretch his goal-scoring streak to three games and cut the deficit in half. He then had the primary assist on UNO’s final goal midway through the third period to seal the 6-3 victory, again earning the game’s Second Star. He fired three shots on goal and was +2 in the win. Ward finished with two goals, an assist, five shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus against the RedHawks.
Adam Scheel, North Dakota
In his first full weekend of action, Scheel remained unbeaten on the season, backstopping North Dakota to a sweep of rival and then-No. 16 Wisconsin. On Friday, the draft-eligible netminder turned aside all 24 shots he faced, including 12 in the third period, to record his first collegiate shutout in a 5-0 victory. Scheel was named Third Star of the Game Friday, recording a season high in saves, while helping kill all four Badger power plays. The next night, he stopped 21 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory for his fourth straight win in net, all against ranked opponents. Scheel finished the weekend with NCHC bests of a 1.00 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage, totaling 45 saves on 47 shots faced in the two wins.
Rhett Gardner, Sr., F, UND – Recorded his first career hat trick in Friday’s win over Wisconsin, tallying the game-winner and finishing +4 in the series, while going 26-19 on faceoffs.
Gordie Green, Jr., F, Miami – Potted three goals in a split at Omaha, tallying two goals in Friday’s win and one in Saturday’s loss, while he finished the series +1.
Ryan Poehling, Jr., F, SCSU – Compiled three points in a sweep at CC, burying two goals in Friday’s win, while assisting on the game-winner in Saturday’s comeback victory.
Colton Poolman, Jr., D, UND – Totaled three points and was +2 in a sweep of Wisconsin, chipping in a goal and an assist in Friday’s shutout, while setting up the overtime game-winner on Saturday.
Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., D, SCSU – Dished out three assists in a sweep at CC, including setting up the game-winner both nights, with two helpers Friday and one on the OT winner Saturday.
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Fr., D, UND – Scored a goal both nights and blocked three shots in a sweep of Wisconsin, tallying his first career goal in Friday’s shutout, while potting the OT game-winner on Saturday.
Emilio Pettersen, Fr., F, Denver – Tallied three points in Saturday’s overtime win over WMU, scoring the tying goal late, while handing out two assists, including on the OT game-winner.
Dávid Hrenák, So., G, SCSU – Backstopped SCSU to a sweep at CC, totaling 41 saves on 45 shots for a .911 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA in the two wins.