Mar 11, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the inaugural regular season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in the books, the final Bauer NCHC Players of the Week this season are Miami junior forward Blake Coleman for Offensive Player of the Week, Nebraska Omaha freshman defenseman Ian Brady for Defenseman of the Week, Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Kyle Osterberg for Rookie of the Week, and North Dakota sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg for Goaltender of the Week, all for the week of March 3-9.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Blake Coleman, Miami
Coleman continued his recent tear of late, scoring all four of Miami's goals in a split at Denver over the weekend. He scored a pair of goals in each game and now has eight goals and four multi-goal games in six contests since returning from an injury Feb. 21. On Friday, Coleman tied the game at 1-1 in the first period while in the second period he pulled the RedHawks within one on a power play tally in an eventual 5-2 defeat. The next night, the New Jersey Devils prospect scored two more goals to lead Miami to a 2-1 road win while posting a +2 rating. He opened the scoring midway through the second period Saturday and scored the game-winning goal to break a 1-1 tie 7:33 into the final frame. Coleman was named the game's third star on Friday and first star in Saturday's win. He has scored eight of Miami's last 10 goals overall.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Ian Brady, Nebraska Omaha
Brady returned from a two-week absence due to injury to help Omaha earn home ice for the NCHC quarterfinals and a split at Minnesota Duluth, as he handed out four assists in the series. In Friday's loss, he dished out assists on both UNO goals, both of which came on the power play, with his first assist the primary helper. The next night, he assisted on each of the Mavericks' first two goals with his first assist the lone helper on a power play goal, while his second set up the game-winning goal that broke a 1-1 tie in a 4-1 victory that clinched third place for Omaha. Brady also blocked two shots Saturday and posted a +2 rating as he finished +1 on the weekend. He helped UNO kill seven of nine UMD power plays in the series, as well.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kyle Osterberg, Minnesota Duluth
Osterberg repeated as NCHC Rookie of the Week after a four-point weekend in a split with Nebraska Omaha that saw him score a goal and dish out three assists with a +4 rating. In Friday's 8-2 victory, he notched three points, scoring UMD's fifth goal of the game while adding primary assists on the Bulldogs' second and eighth goals of the night. He was tabbed the second star of the game for his efforts and posted a +3 rating. The next night in a 4-1 loss, he set up UMD's lone goal with another primary assist that tied the game at 1-1 in the first period while he had a +1 rating. Osterberg led the Bulldogs with nine shots on goal in the series. He has now claimed NCHC Rookie of the Week four times this season.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Zane Gothberg, North Dakota
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Gothberg was strong in net all weekend against Western Michigan, allowing just two goals in a split with the Broncos. He posted a 1.01 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in the series, while making 40 saves on 42 shots. On Friday, Gothberg pitched his second career shutout, both coming in his last six games, as he stopped all 18 shots in a 2-0 win, while helping kill all four WMU power plays. He was named the game's third star for his efforts. On Saturday, the Boston Bruins prospect totaled 22 saves in a 2-1 loss while not allowing an even strength goal. Gothberg helped UND end the weekend 7-for-8 on the penalty kill and also finished the NCHC regular season with a 2.26 GAA in conference play, which led all goaltenders. He has now claimed NCHC Goaltender of the Week three times this season.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jonny Brodzinski, So., F, SCSU - Scored four goals in a sweep at CC to lead the Huskies to the Penrose Cup, tallying his first career hat trick in a 7-4 win Friday with two power play goals, while adding another goal Saturday with a +1 rating
Justin Crandall, Jr., F, UMD - Totaled four points and a +4 rating in a split with Omaha, scoring three goals in the series, including two in Friday's win, while also adding an assist Friday for a three-point game
Zac Larraza, Jr., F, DU - Recorded three points in a split with Miami, totaling two points in Friday's 5-2 win with a goal and an assist on the game-winner, while he scored Denver's only goal in a 2-1 loss Saturday and finished +2 on the weekend
Stephane Pattyn, Jr., F, UND - Tallied a pair of goals in a split with WMU, scoring the game-winning goal on the power play in Friday's 2-0 shutout, while adding UND's lone goal in a 2-1 loss Saturday, also on the power play - the first two power play goals of his career
Archie Skalbeck, Sr., F, CC - Compiled three points against SCSU, handing out two assists on Friday while tallying the Tigers' only goal on Saturday with his goal and one assist coming on the power play
Defenseman of the Week
Kevin Gravel, Sr., D, SCSU - Scored a goal for SCSU in Friday's 7-4 win over CC when he was also +3, while he finished the series with a +4 rating, three blocked shots and helped SCSU go 4-for-6 on the penalty kill
Jaccob Slavin, Fr., D, CC - Fired eight shots on goal and compiled three points against the Huskies with a power play goal and an assist Friday when he was +1 and blocked a shot, while he added another helper on CC's lone goal Saturday
Nolan Zajac, So., D, DU - Had a two-point outing Friday in a 5-2 win, scoring the game-winning goal while also adding an assist with a +3 rating as he finished the weekend +3 with four blocked shots
Rookie of the Week
Jake Guentzel, Fr., F, UNO - Recorded a four-point weekend in a split at UMD, dishing out assists on both Omaha goals in a loss Friday, while he scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in a 4-1 win Saturday when he had a +2 rating
Luke Johnson, Fr., F, UND - Tallied a pair of points in a split with WMU, scoring an insurance goal in a 2-0 win Friday when he had a +1 rating, while he assisted on UND's lone goal in a 2-1 loss Saturday
Goaltender of the Week
Lukas Hafner, So., G, WMU - Allowed just three goals all weekend in a split at UND as he posted a .953 save percentage and a 1.52 GAA, compiling 33 saves in a 2-0 loss Friday while he made 28 more saves in a 2-1 win Saturday with two of the three goals allowed coming on the power play
Ryan McKay, So., G, Miami - Was in net both games at DU, earning a split and posting a .923 save percentage and a 2.51 GAA, making 28 saves on 32 shots in a loss Friday, before stopping 32 shots in a 2-1 win Saturday, while he helped Miami go 6-for-6 on the penalty kill