Jan 27, 2014 10:20 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four different teams are represented among the Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Jan. 20-26 as St. Cloud State sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski is the Offensive Player of the Week, Miami sophomore defenseman Matthew Caito is the Defenseman of the Week, Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Alex Iafallo is the Rookie of the Week and Denver senior Sam Brittain is the Goaltender of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonny Brodzinski, St. Cloud State
Brodzinski paced SCSU with four points at the inaugural North Star College Cup, as the Huskies placed third at the all-Minnesota tournament. In Friday's semifinal vs. No. 1/1 Minnesota, he scored SCSU's only goal in a loss, but put seven shots on target. In Saturday's third-place game against Minnesota State, Brodzinski tallied three points on two goals and an assist in a 6-4 win to give him a three-goal weekend. He was named Saturday's first star of the game. The Los Angeles Kings prospect tied the game in the first period Saturday while his assist and second goal came on the power play to help seal the win, extending his point streak to seven games. Brodzinski finished with 11 shots on goal in the tournament and now leads the Huskies with 14 goals and 25 points this season.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Matthew Caito, Miami
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Caito helped Miami to a series split at Colorado College in the RedHawks' first ever games at CC with a two-point weekend. In Friday's loss, he anchored a penalty kill unit that went 3-for-3 while putting three shots on goal. The next night, Caito lifted Miami to a 6-1 win, snapping a five-game winless streak and giving MU its first ever win over the Tigers. In that contest, he scored a goal and added an assist for his first multi-point game of the season, both on the power play, with his first-period assist tying the game while his goal came during a five-goal second-period outburst. Caito also blocked a shot Saturday and helped kill all five CC power plays as Miami finished 8-for-8 on the penalty kill in the series.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Alex Iafallo, Minnesota Duluth
Iafallo continued his strong rookie campaign with a three-point weekend at the inaugural North Star College Cup, leading Minnesota Duluth to a runner-up finish at the all-Minnesota tournament. In Friday's first game against Minnesota State, he recorded all three of his points, dishing out two assists in the second period to put UMD in the lead, while scoring the game-winning goal with 26.5 seconds left in overtime to advance the Bulldogs to the championship game. His goal and one of his helpers came on the power play while he was named the game's first star. Iafallo recorded a +1 rating in the contest as well, and finished the weekend +1. In Saturday's championship game against No. 1/1 Minnesota, the rookie put one shot on goal while helping UMD tie the Gophers 4-4 before UM won the tournament in a shootout. Iafallo has now won NCHC Rookie of the Week three times this season.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Sam Brittain, Denver
Brittain continued his stellar senior season, backstopping Denver to a split with No. 18 North Dakota over the weekend, while posting a 2.08 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage. On Friday, he stopped 29 shots in a 4-2 loss. The next night, Brittain rebounded with one of his best games of the year, stopping all 43 shots that came his way as he pitched his fourth shutout of the season, which ties for second nationally, to earn his 13th win this year. The Florida Panthers prospect was named the game's first star for his efforts, while lowering his GAA to 1.96 for the season. The 43 saves were a season high while it was the fourth time this year he topped 40 saves in a game, as he totaled 72 saves on 76 shots in the series. Brittain has now claimed NCHC Goaltender of the Week six times, including each of the last two weeks.
Offensive Player of the Week
Riley Barber, So., F, Miami - Totaled three points in Saturday's win at CC, scoring MU's first two goals, including the game-winner, and adding an assist, all of which came on the power play
Austin Farley, So., F, UMD - Recorded three goals at the North Star College Cup, tallying a power play marker in an OT win over Minnesota State Friday, while adding two goals, including another on the power play, in a 4-4 tie with No. 1 Minnesota Saturday, when he had a +3 rating (+2 on weekend)
Zac Larraza, Jr., F, Denver - Tallied three points in a split with North Dakota, assisting on a power play goal in Friday's loss, while scoring two goals in the third period of Saturday's win, with one on the power play, as he was +2 on the weekend
Defenseman of the Week
No other nominees
Rookie of the Week
Anthony Louis, Fr., F, Miami - Totaled a career-high three points in Miami's win at CC Saturday, scoring a power play goal and dishing out two assists, including on the game-winner, all in the second period, while posting a +2 rating in the contest
Gustav Olofsson, Fr., D, CC- Scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 4-1 victory over Miami and had a +1 rating on the weekend with three shots on goal
Goaltender of the Week
Clarke Saunders, Sr., G, UND - Compiled a 2.04 GAA and .929 save percentage in a series split at No. 16 Denver, as he made 29 saves and gave up just two power play goals in Friday's 4-2 win, while stopping 23 shots and giving up two goals in a loss Saturday, allowing just one even strength goal all series
Jay Williams, So., G, Miami - Only saw action Saturday when he recorded a career-high 38 saves and allowed just one first-period goal to backstop the RedHawks to a 6-1 win at CC as he posted a .974 save percentage and helped kill all five CC power plays