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Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2019

By NCHC, 02/04/19, 5:00PM EST

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SCSU’s Ryan Poehling and Schuldt, Omaha’s Ward and Denver’s Larsson honored for week 16

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Powering each of their teams to big home wins last weekend, the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2019 hail from three schools. Garnering Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for week 16 are St. Cloud State junior forward Ryan Poehling for Offensive Player of the Week, SCSU senior blue liner Jimmy Schuldt for Defenseman of the Week, Omaha freshman forward Taylor Ward for Rookie of the Week and Denver freshman netminder Filip Larsson for Goaltender of the Week.

Poehling nabbed his second career NCHC Offensive Player of the Week nod and first this season, while Schuldt garnered his second Defenseman of the Week honor this season and sixth of his career. Ward becomes the first NCHC freshman to garner Rookie of the Week three times this season, while Larsson gloved his second NCHC Goaltender of the Week award as a rookie.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State
Junior Forward
Lakeville, Minn.

Poehling led St. Cloud State to a sweep of Miami with a five-point weekend, tying for the NCHC scoring lead. He tallied a career-high four points in Friday’s 5-1 win, notching two goals and two assists to earn First Star of the Game. The Montreal Canadiens prospect handed out the primary helper on the game’s first goal and also set up the game-winning goal to break a 1-1 tie in the second period, while he scored SCSU’s next two goals in the third period, including his first on the power play and second unassisted after a steal to make it 4-1. He fired six shots on goal and was +2 on Friday. The next night, Poehling again had the primary assist on the game’s first goal, which came on the power play in another 5-1 victory. He finished the series with two goals, three assists, a +3 plus/minus and nine shots on goal, including three power play points as SCSU went 4-for-11 a man up in the series.

Defenseman of the Week

Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Senior Defenseman
Minnetonka, Minn.

Schuldt was a force at both ends of the ice to lead the Huskies to a sweep of Miami, as he chipped in four points while helping limit the RedHawks to only two goals all weekend. In Friday’s 5-1 win, the three-time team captain scored the game-winning goal on the power play to break a 1-1 tie in the second period, while also assisting on SCSU’s third goal early in the third period, also on the man advantage. Schuldt was +2 with two blocked shots Friday, as well, to earn Third Star of the Game. The next night, the undrafted free agent added two more power play assists, setting up the game’s first and third goals in another 5-1 victory. Schuldt ended the series with a goal and three assists, all of which came on the power play as he helped SCSU go 4-for-11 on the man advantage, while blocking three shots, putting three shots on goal and posting a +2 plus/minus. He also led a penalty kill that finished 7-for-9 against Miami, with the only two goals allowed all weekend coming when SCSU was short-handed.

Rookie of the Week

Taylor Ward, Omaha
Freshman Forward
Kelowna, B.C.

Ward continued his strong freshman campaign, chipping in four points for the Mavericks in a split with No. 8/8 Western Michigan. In Friday’s 4-3 defeat, he tallied Omaha’s second goal on the power play to go up 2-0 early in the second stanza, while firing six shots on goal. The next night, he dished out a career-high-tying three assists, including on the game-winner, in a 6-3 victory. All three assists were of the primary variety and came in a 10-minute span in the second period, setting up Omaha’s third, fourth and fifth goals, with the fourth goal serving as the game-winner and coming on the man advantage. Ward finished the series with a goal, three assists, seven shots on goal, one blocked shot and an even plus/minus.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Filip Larsson, Denver
Freshman Goaltender
Stockholm, Sweden

Larsson bounced back from his first two losses of the season to backstop Denver to a five-point weekend against rival North Dakota. On Friday, he made a career-high 45 saves to earn First Star of the Game in a 2-1 win, including 19 saves in the first period and 13 saves while short-handed to kill all four UND power plays. The next night, the Detroit Red Wings draft pick compiled 31 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie to earn Second Star of the Game. He also made three more saves in 3-on-3 overtime to allow DU to earn the extra point in the NCHC standings with a goal in the second overtime. Larsson totaled 76 saves on 78 shots faced for a .974 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average, all of which led the NCHC on the weekend, while posting a 1-0-1 record and helping kill all five North Dakota power plays in the series.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Offensive Player
Trey Bradley, Sr., F, CC – Tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over UMD on Friday, when he was +4.
 
Colt Conrad, Sr., F, WMU – Handed out two assists in a win over Omaha Friday, while tallying a goal and another assist in a loss on Saturday.
 
Fredrik Olofsson, Sr., F, Omaha – Racked up five points in a split against WMU, with two assists in Friday’s loss, while scoring two goals and handing out another helper in Saturday’s win.
 
Defenseman
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Rookie
Nick Perbix, Fr., F, SCSU – Tallied his second career goal and assisted on the game-winner in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Miami.
 
Adam Scheel, Fr., G, UND – Went 0-1-1 at Denver, stopping 51 shots on 54 shots faced for a .944 save percentage and a 1.47 GAA.
 
Goaltender
Dávid Hrenák, So., G, SCSU – Allowed only two power play goals in a sweep of Miami, totaling 36 saves on 38 shots for a .947 save percentage a 1.00 GAA.

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