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Published: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018  
By: Alex Kyrias


Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Rookie of the Week: Colin Bilek, Army (Northeast Generals)
Bilek, like most of the Army West Point offense, was quiet on Friday, recording just one shot in a 3-1 loss to Niagara. But the freshman notched his first multi-goal game of his career in Saturday’s contest, scoring twice in a 5-1 victory.
 
B1G #3 Star of the Week: Jack Berry, Wisconsin (New Jersey Titans/Soo Eagles)
Berry backstopped the Badgers to a tie at No. 14/- Michigan on Friday, making 37 saves in the contest. He turned aside all 30 shots faced in the first two periods, before finally allowing a goal at 10:26 of the third period. He led the conference and ranked third nationally last weekend with a .974 save percentage. This is his fifth career weekly award and first since Oct. 16, 2018 (Third Star).
 
ECAC Goalie of the Week: Darion Hanson, Union (Aston Rebels/Lone Star Brahmas)
Darion Hanson has become a regular face to the weekly honor roll, earning goalie of the week honors for the third time in 2018. The sophomore was named MVP of the Friendship Four Tournament after allowing just two goals and leading Union to the tournament championship. He ended the weekend with 70 saves, posting a .972 save percentage and 0.96 goals-against average.
 
NCHC Offensive Player of the Week: Mason Morelli, Nebraska-Omaha (Minot Minotauros)
Morelli had the best weekend of his career, totaling seven points in a pair of wins over No. 16 Arizona State to power Omaha to its first sweep of the season. On Friday, the team captain tallied a career-high four points and a career-best three assists in a 6-4 victory. He scored a power play goal in the first period and then had the primary assist on UNO’s next three tallies, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period after Omaha trailed 4-3. Morelli was tabbed Second Star of the Game Friday and was +2. The next night, he chipped in three more points in a shutout victory, including his first multi-goal game of the season and third of his career. Morelli opened the scoring with a power play goal early in the first frame, which held as the game-winner, while assisting on UNO’s third goal and sealing the 4-0 victory with an empty-netter. He was again Second Star of the Game Saturday when he was also +2. Morelli finished the series with three goals, four assists, four shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus, while going 9-1 in the faceoff circle (.900).
 
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Zach Driscoll, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins)
Driscoll, the Beavers' Saturday-night starter thus far, clamped down on a Minnesota State offense that entered the weekend averaging a WCHA-best 4.5 goals a game, making 19 saves in a 4-2 Bemidji State victory. The sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn. did not allow a single five-on-five goal, helping the Beavers to the home win and split with the third-ranked Mavericks. This is the first career WCHA weekly award for Driscoll, who is in his first season at Bemidji State.
 
WCHA Defenseman of the Week: Tyler Rockwell, Michigan Tech (Wenatchee Wild)
Rockwell led WCHA defensemen with three points and topped all skaters with a +4 rating, helping Michigan Tech to a league sweep of Alaska. The sophomore from San Jose, Calif. scored his first career goal Saturday, while adding a pair of assists – including a helper on Gavin Gould's game-winner. Rockwell added two blocked shots for the league-leading Huskies, earning his first career WCHA weekly award.
 
ECHL Goalie of the Week: Joe Cannata, Utah (NTDP)
Joe Cannata of the Utah Grizzlies has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25. It is the second time this season and fourth time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. Cannata posted shutouts in both of his appearances last week, making 18 saves in a 4-0 win against Allen on Wednesday and stopping 35 shots in a 5-0 victory over the Americans on Friday. The 28-year-old has recorded shutouts in each of his last three appearances, and enters the week on a 193:18 shutout streak while making 88 consecutive saves. Under a National Hockey League contract with the Colorado Avalanche, Cannata has appeared in 11 games with the?Grizzlies this season going 7-2-2 with three shutouts, a 2.36 goals-against average and a save percentage of .913.
 
SPHL Player of the Week: Danny Cesarz, Knoxville (Jamestown Ironmen, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings)
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Danny Cesarz of the Knoxville Ice Bears is the Warrior Player of the Week for November 19-25. Cesarz scored one goal and assisted on five others in leading the Ice Bears to three wins last week, extending their winning streak to a season-high four games. On Thursday, the Redford, MI native had a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Huntsville.  After picking up another assist in Knoxville’s 5-4 overtime win over Fayetteville in the first game of a home-and-home series on Friday, Cesarz closed out the week with a goal and two assists in the Ice Bears’ 7-2 win over the Marksmen on Saturday. Now in his fourth season with Knoxville, Cesarz is tied for second in the SPHL in assists (10) while his 13 points are tied for third-most in the league.

Author: Alex Kyrias
Alex Kyrias is in his fifth season as Director of Communications and Sales for the North American Hockey League.


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