Atlantic Hockey Weekly Release for Games through February 3














 

 

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Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award Winners for Games Through February 3

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week

BEAR TRAPP - SACRED HEART
Junior, Forward, Balcarres, SASK
 

Trapp became the first player in SHU history to record six points in one game when he tallied two goals and four assists in the Pioneers win over Canisius Friday night. Trapp figured in on six of Sacred Heart's seven goals, scoring the third and sixth goals and assisting on numbers one, two, four and seven. The record setting night vaulted Trapp back into the team lead in scoring with eight goals and a team leading 18 assists, 26 points on the year.

Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week

JOSH KASSEL - ARMY
Junior, Goaltender, Greensburg, Pa.

Kassel stopped 41 of 42 shots to help Army sweep a weekend series with Connecticut and move into a tie for second-place in the conference standings. Kassel made 26 saves for his fifth career shutout in a 6-0 win on Saturday. He also was credited with 15 saves in a 3-1 win on Friday. Kassel has won his last five starts and allowed just four goals during that stretch.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

 

CORY CONACHER - CANISIUS
Freshman, Forward, Burlington, ONT
 

Conacher tallied four points during the two-game series to help lead the Griffs to a split against Sacred Heart. The rookie posted an assist in the opener and then set career highs with three points and two goals in the finale, helping the Griffs rally for the victory. He knotted the game at one in the first period with his second collegiate goal and once again tied up the game in the third. He scored his first collegiate power-play score to lead the Griffs to their first third-period comeback of the season. Conacher then posted the primary assist on Canisius' fourth goal to seal the victory. In 10 games this season, Conacher has recorded 11 points (3g, 8a).

Atlantic Hockey Honor Roll

Derrick Burnett, Air Force (Fr, F, Corona, Calif.) - Three points in the Bentley series, all assists ...Assisted on Matt Fairchild's goal on Friday that tied the game at 3-3 in the third period..Tied his career-high with two assists on Saturday...Assisted on Fairchild's game-winner on Saturday, the second goal of the game...Is Air Force's top freshman scorer with 16 points (3-13-16) this season.

Brent Olson, Air Force (Jr, F, Baudette, Minn.) - Two goals and one assist in the Bentley series...Two points (1-1-2) on Friday...Scored the goal with 1:17 left in the third that gave AFA a 4-3 lead. Bentley later tied the game with nine seconds remaining in the third...Scored a goal on Saturday that gave Air Force a 3-1 lead early in the third period...Leads the team with 13 goals and 27 points (both career bests).

Andrew Volkening, Air Force (So, G, Genoa, Ill.) - Led Air Force to three points in the Bentley series...Stopped 20 of 24 shots on Friday...Stopped 25 of 26 on Saturday...Goals against average of 2.40 and saves percentage of 90.0 in the series...Made three saves in overtime of Friday's game to preserve the tie.

Dan Ramirez, American Int'l (Fr, G, Rochester, N.Y.) - Ramirez, a native of Rochester, stopped a career best 43 shot attempts in leading the Yellow Jackets to the program's first road victory over RIT, 3-1. For the weekend, he turned back 77 out of a possible 83 shots and upped his save percentage to .904. He is now 6-9-3 on the season helping give the Yellow Jackets a nice boost between the pipes, night in and night out.

Joe Calvi, Bentley (Fr, G, New Lenox, Ill.) - Calvi made 65 saves in two games at Air Force, earning the draw in Friday's game.

Erik Peterson, Bentley (Fr, F, Shorewood, Minn.) - Peterson scored two goals and added an assist on Friday night against Air Force, including the game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation. It was the second game in row in which Peterson scored the game-tying goal in the final 15 seconds. He has now scored ten goals and an assist in the last seven games and leads the Falcons, as well as all Atlantic Hockey rookies, in scoring with 22 points.

Taylor Anderson, Canisius (Fr, G, Wetumpka, ALB) - Anderson helped lead the Griffs to a crucial conference victory over Sacred Heart, 4-2. Anderson played the last two periods against the Pioneers after starter Andrew Loewen was injured in the first period. Anderson then stopped a career-best 26-of-27 shots he faced to help the Griffs rally for the victory. The win was also Anderson's first of his collegiate career.

Beau Erickson, Connecticut (So, G, Hinton, Iowa) - Erickson made another 83 saves this weekend in the two games against Army, including a career high 45 saves on Saturday night.

Matt Celin, Holy Cross (Fr, D, Gibsonia, Pa.) - Celin scored his first collegiate goal in Friday's game against Mercyhurst.

Rob Forshner, Holy Cross (So, F, Sundre, ALB) - Forshner had one goal and one assist in the two-game series with Mercyhurst. He scored his second goal of the season on Friday, while he had an assist on Saturday. He is tied for fifth on the team in points with 15.

Neil Graham, Mercyhurst (So, F, Calgary, ALB) - Graham stretched his scoring streak to four games with a 3-point weekend. Graham assisted on second period go-ahead and game-winning goals in Friday's come-from-behind 6-3 win at Holy Cross and scored his first career shorthanded goal late in the second period Saturday in a 2-1 win.

Mike Gurtler, Mercyhurst (Fr, F, Rochester, N.Y.) - Gurtler had a 3-point weekend (two goals and an assist) as the Lakers swept Holy Cross 6-3 and 2-1. Gurtler's 6th goal of the season put Mercyhurst ahead 3-2 in Friday's game and he later assisted on the game-winning goal. He scored his first career power play goal in Saturday's second period to tie the game at 1-1.

Matt Lundin, Mercyhurst (Jr, G, Apple Valley, Minn.) - Lundin stopped a combined 53 of 57 shots (.930) in the weekend sweep at Holy Cross. He also recorded his first career assist Saturday which came on the game-winning shorthanded in the second period. He stopped all 13 Holy Cross shots in Saturday's third period to protect a 2-1 lead.

Simon Lambert, R.I.T. (Sr, F, Ste. Therese, QUE) - Lambert helped RIT to a 1-1-0 record last week. The senior captain tallied four points on three goals and an assist in a pair of games versus AIC.

Erik Boisvert, Sacred Heart (So, F, Drummondville, QUE) - Boisvert had a four point weekend, scoring three goals and adding an assist in the SHU's split with Canisius. Friday night he assisted on SHU's second goal and scored the third and seventh goals for the Pioneers. Saturday Boisvert scored the Pioneers second goal, which at the time was the go ahead goal for the Pioneers. The sophomore is now second on the team with eight goals and 15 assists.

Patrick Knowlton, Sacred Heart (Fr, F, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Knowlton scored his first two collegiate goals in SHU's series with Canisius. Friday night he scored the Pioneers fifth goal, the first tally of his career. He followed that up Saturday with his second goal in as many games.

  Atlantic Hockey Team Notes

Air Force

With three points in the Bentley series, Air Force remained in a tie for second place in the AHA, two points behind RIT...Brent Olson (2-1-3) and Josh Frider (1-2-3) each had three points in the series...Matt Fairchild scored a goal in each game, including the game-winner on Saturday...Derrick Burnett tied his career high with two assists on Saturday...Jeff Hajner had an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday and now has a four-game point scoring streak, the longest active streak on the team...Hajner has scored in 23 of the 28 games this season...Frider's three points and six shots on goal on Friday were career bests...Greg Flynn had two points on Friday and continues to lead the league in points by a defenseman with 21. He is also seventh in nation in that category...Air Force broke out of its scoring slump in the series. Entering the Bentley series, AFA had scored just three goals in its last three games. The Falcons scored seven in two games vs. Bentley...Air Force does have another home game for three weeks. AFA is at Mercyhurst Feb. 8-9 and then, after an off-week, at Canisius Feb. 22-23...AFA and Mercyhurst split a series earlier this season at the Academy, Nov. 2-3. Mercyhurst won 5-3 and then AFA won 6-2...AFA is now 12-3-3 this season when scoring three or more goals...The Falcons are also 6-1-1 this season when winning the special team and 21-1-5 over the last two years.American International: The AIC hockey squad split a weekend series with conference leader RIT. Friday evening, the Jackets won their first ever road contest against the Tigers, 3-1. In that game, freshman goalie Dan Ramirez made a career-best 43 saves, to lead the team to their sixth triumph of the season. Defensemen Chad Richardson scored twice. For AIC, it was their second time this season beating RIT, after having had never won a game against them in nine previous match-ups. Saturday, the Yellow Jackets went into the third period down by one goal but gave up two scores late in the final frame, as the Tigers salvaged the split. Ramirez was again strong, stopping 34 shot attempts. For the weekend, he turned back 77 out of a possible 83 shots on goal. Since opening 2008 with back-to-back loses to Robert Morris, AIC is now 2-3-2 with one loss coming in overtime to Sacred Heart. In that span, AIC also drew a tie with Dartmouth from the ECAC.

Army

The Black Knights moved into a tie for second place by sweeping a weekend series with Connecticut by scores of 3-1 and 6-0 ... Army has now won five straight contests ... Nine different players scored and helped Army sweep its third weekend series this season (Air Force and American International) ... Junior goalie Josh Kassel made 41 saves over the weekend and allowed just one goal ... Kassel's shutout Sunday was the fifth of his career ... His last shutout was Jan. 27 of last year in a 3-0 win against the Huskies ... Sophomore Eric Sefchik had a career-best four points on Saturday with a goal and three assists ... Robb Ross and Drew Pierson also had a goal and assist on Saturday ... It was Pierson's first multiple-point game of his career ... Luke Flicek and Bryce Hollweg each had a goal and assist on Friday ... Owen Meyer scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season on Saturday ...Army won the regular season series with Connecticut 3-1 ... Army has racked up 133 shots on goal in its last three games ... Saturday, Army had a season-best 51 shots on goal, eclipsing the 50-shot mark for the first time since Dec. 8, 2005 against AIC ... Army scored three goals in the second period of Saturday's game, the third time this season that has happened ... Army's defense turned in one of its top performances of the season on Friday, limiting Connecticut to 16 shots on goal, including just two in the final period and three in the first ... Army will continue its nine-game homestand Friday and Saturday with games against Holy Cross. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink.

Bentley

Bentley took one point at Air Force this weekend, skating to a 4-4 tie on Friday before falling by a 3-1 margin on Saturday ... Friday's tie was the third straight for Bentley, the first time the Falcons had skated to three straight ties since the 1994-95 season ... Bentley has tied six games this season, all in conference play, which matches the most ties in a season in Bentley history and well as the Atlantic Hockey record for most ties in a season ... Freshman Erik Peterson continued his hot streak, scoring two goals and an assist on Friday night, giving him ten goals and an assist in the last seven games ... Peterson netted the game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, the second straight game in which he scored the game-tying goal in the final 15 seconds of the third period ... Peterson now leads the Falcons and Atlantic Hockey rookies in scoring with 22 points ... Bentley faces American International in a home-and-home series this weekend, playing in West Springfield on Friday night and Watertown on Saturday night ... The Falcons took three points from the Yellow Jackets when these teams met in November.

Canisius

The Griffs split a pair of games against Sacred Heart, losing the opener, 7-3, and winning the finale, 4-2. With the win, Canisius moved from ninth in the Atlantic Hockey standings into a tie for sixth place and one spot behind home ice in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. Freshmen Cory Conacher and Taylor Anderson helped lead the Griffs to the 4-2 victory over the Pioneers. Conacher posted a career-best three points and two goals and Anderson stopped a personal-best 26 shots in two periods of play to earn his first collegiate victory. Anderson replaced starter Andrew Loewen in goal after Loewen was injured in the first period. In his first 10 games, Conacher has posted 11 points on three goals and eight assists. Junior Spencer Churchill and sophomore Jason Weeks also tallied goals in the Griffs' come-from-behind victory on Saturday. Weeks, who also recorded a goal and an assist on Friday, continued to lead the Canisius offense as of late. Weeks posted only three points and one goal in the Griffs' first 13 games. However, in the last 14 contests, Weeks has recorded 13 points and nine goals. The win was the first for Canisius this season when trailing at any point in the third period. The last time the Griffs won a game when losing in the third was on Jan. 6, 2007. It also marked the first time this season that Canisius won a game it was trailing at an intermission. On Friday, Sacred Heart scored four power-play goals to win the game 7-3. The Pioneer's power-play scores ended an impressive run for the Griffs. Canisius had not allowed a power-play goal in league play since Dec. 8 (a span of six games) and had allowed only one extra-man score in its last 13 Atlantic Hockey games. Canisius has killed 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of power plays against Sacred Heart this season but against every other team, the Griffs have killed 93.2 percent (69-of-74). The Griffs continue Atlantic Hockey play with a home-and-home series against rival RIT. Canisius travels to Rochester to take on the Tigers on Saturday before returning to the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Sunday.

Connecticut

UConn has now been shutout four times this season. The last time they were shutout four times in a season was the 2004-05 season. With 774 saves, Beau Erickson has passed Jeff Lerg of Michigan State (770) and is now the national leader in saves for a goalie. UConn faces Sacred Heart this weekend. In the first go around between the Huskies and the other conference teams (before they had their second series with Army this past weekend) the Pioneers were the only team to sweep UConn in a two game set.

Holy Cross

Holy Cross ranks first in the nation in fewest penalty minutes per game with 9.6...Freshman Matt Celin scored his first collegiate goal in Friday's game against Mercyhurst...Sophomore Brodie Sheahan leads the team in points with 25 as he has nine goals and 16 assists...The Crusaders' 23.0 power play percentage is tied for third in the nation and leads Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 31-135 on power play opportunities...Freshman forward Everett Sheen's 13 goals lead the team. He has scored 12 goals in the last 17 games. Sheen also has six assists as he is third on the team in points with 19...Senior Dale Reinhardt currently has 44 goals and 71 assists for 115 points in 129 career games. Reinhardt is ranked seventh on the all-time Holy Cross Division I assists list, while he is eighth in points and goals...The Crusaders will start a four-game road trip with two games at Army (2/8-9), before playing two at Canisius (2/16-17).

Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst finished a 6-game road trip 2-1-3 and is 7-1-3 in its last eleven conference games. Junior goalie Matt Lundin had his first career assist Saturday while freshman Mike Gurtler had his first career power play goal and sophomore Neil Graham had his first career game-winner. The Lakers were a combined 3 of 8 on the power play in the sweep and also scored shorthanded. Holy Cross finished 0 for 6. The Lakers held back-to-back opponents without a power play goal for the second time this season. The Lakers have scored at least one power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross all four games in the regular season. Sophomores Chris Risi and Neil Graham now have 4-game scoring streaks. Mercyhurst took only two minor penalties Friday, its low for the season. The Lakers lead the all-time series against HC 18-9-4. Mercyhurst has eight conference games left, 5 at home. The Lakers entertain Air Force next weekend. The teams split a pair of games last November in Colorado and are knotted 3-3 in the all-time series.

Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT split a pair of games last week versus AIC but remained atop the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. On Friday the Tigers fired 44 shots on goal but were stymied by AIC's Dan Ramirez, losing 3-1. The Tigers rebounded on Saturday, getting a pair of goals from Justin Hofstetter and Simon Lambert cruising to the 5-2 win. Hofstetter's first goal came just 55 seconds into the contest and seemed to open the flood-gates for RIT. Lambert had four points on the weekend, scoring the lone RIT goal on Friday and tallying a two goals and an assist on Saturday. Senior Matt Smith scored a goal on Saturday and just is two points shy of 100 for his career. He would be the 32nd player in RIT history to reach the century mark. Louis Menard picked up his 12th win of the season on Saturday, stopping 23 shots and allowing two goals. RIT went 3-for-8 on the power play over the weekend, including a 2-for-4 performance on Saturday. The Tigers penalty killing was solid stopping AIC 6-of-7 times.

Sacred Heart

The Pioneers split a weekend set with Canisius, winning Friday night 7-3, before dropping a 4-2 decision in Buffalo Saturday. Junior Bear Trapp became the first player in SHU history to record six points in a game when he tallied two goals and four assists Friday night. Trapp is the first SHU player to have four assists in a game in SHU's Division I history, and first in school history since Tony Cabana had four helpers against Scranton on November 7, 1995. Four players had recorded five points in a game, the last being Pierre-Luc O'Brien on November 3, 2006 against Mercyhurst. Trapp retook the team scoring lead (8-18-26) with the big game Junior Erik Boisvert had four point weekend, with three goals and an assist, while classmate Nick Johnson posted two goals and an asisst. Johnson is now tied for the team lead in goals with nine. The seven goals the Pioneers scored Friday night were the most in a game since SHU scored eight against RIT on Nov. 27, 2005. Freshman Patrick Knowlton scored his first two collegiate goals in the series.The Pioneers face UConn in a home-and-home set this weekend. The teams play in Storrs Friday night and Milford Saturday.