COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading each of their teams to a big win over the weekend, three schools are represented among the Bauer National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10, 2019. Earning Bauer NCHC weekly honors for week 17 are St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell for Offensive Player of the Week, SCSU junior blue liner Jack Ahcan for Defenseman of the Week, Miami freshman forward Scott Corbett for Rookie of the Week and Omaha senior netminder Evan Weninger for Goaltender of the Week.
This is Newell’s second NCHC Offensive Player of the Week honor this season and of his career, while Ahcan garnered his fifth career NCHC weekly honor and second Defenseman of the Week nod, but first since his rookie season. Corbett collected his first career NCHC weekly award, while Weninger nabbed his 11th career NCHC weekly honor, including third Goaltender of the Week accolade this season and ninth of his career.
Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Newell led St. Cloud State to a five-point weekend against Colorado College, single-handedly leading SCSU to a comeback win on Saturday. On Friday, he was held off the scoreboard, but fired three shots on goal in a 2-2 overtime tie. The next night, Newell tallied a career-high four points on two goals and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win. He had the primary assist on the game’s first goal, then tallied his final three points in a comeback effort. Trailing 4-2 late in the third period, Newell again had the primary assist on a goal to make it 4-3, while he scored the game-tying goal less than a minute later to force overtime and then scored the game-winner with 1:07 left in the extra session. He put eight shots on goal in the comeback win and was +4 while earning First Star of the Game. Newell finished the series with two goals, two assists, 11 shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus.
Jack Ahcan, St. Cloud State
Ahcan was productive at both ends of the ice last weekend, helping the Huskies earn five points against Colorado College. In Friday’s 2-2 tie, he dished out the lone assist on the first goal of the game only 1:17 into the contest to put the Huskies in front, and also helped kill all three CC power plays in the game. The next night, Ahcan handed out a trio of assists, all coming on SCSU’s final three goals to lead them to a comeback win in overtime. With the Huskies down, 4-2, late in the third period, Ahcan assisted on a pair of goals less than a minute apart to tie the game, including the primary helper on the game-tying goal, and then also set up the game-winning goal with 1:07 left in overtime to give SCSU a 5-4 win. Ahcan posted a +4 plus/minus in the comeback win, as well. He finished the series with four assists and a +4 plus/minus, while firing two shots on goal each night for four on the weekend and blocking a shot each game for two blocks in the series.
Scott Corbett, Miami
Corbett notched his first career multi-point game to help lead Miami to a win over Omaha and snap a nine-game losing streak. In Friday’s loss to the Mavericks, he played on MU’s top line, putting one shot on goal with an even plus/minus. The next night, Corbett helped give Miami its first win since Nov. 17, halting a 15-game winless skid, tallying a goal and an assist. He had a helper on the RedHawks’ second goal to make it 2-0, while he scored MU’s third goal, which proved to be the game-winner in a 4-2 victory. Corbett fired three shots on goal and was +2 on Saturday, as well. He finished the series with a goal, an assist, a +2 plus/minus and four shots on goal.
Evan Weninger, Omaha
Weninger was in net for both games of Omaha’s split at Miami last weekend, hitting career milestones along the way. On Friday, Weninger made 38 saves in Omaha’s 3-0 win to earn First Star of the Game, helping kill all three MU power plays, as well. It was his eighth career shutout, breaking Dan Ellis’ previous school record of seven, and his fourth whitewash this season, which ranks him second in the NCHC. Weninger also topped 3,000 career saves in the win and is now 100 saves from the school record for career stops. The following night, he turned aside 22 shots in a 4-2 loss. Weninger ended the weekend with 60 saves on 64 shots faced for a .938 save percentage, while posting a 2.05 goals-against average to go with his shutout.
Gordie Green, Jr., F, Miami – Dished out three assists, including on the game-winner, and was +3 in Saturday’s win over Omaha.
Kristian Blumenschein, Jr., D, CC – Tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday’s overtime loss at SCSU when he was +1, while he blocked two shots in the series.
Grant Cruikshank, Fr., F, CC – Scored two goals for his first career multi-goal game in Saturday’s overtime loss at SCSU, while putting four shots on goal in the series.
Ryan Larkin, Jr., G, Miami – Backstopped Miami to a split with Omaha, totaling 51 saves for a 2.04 GAA and a .927 save percentage in the series.