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NCAA Roundup: 3 alumni recognized with weekly awards

In this week’s NCAA Roundup presented by Johnston Meier Insurance, we highlight three BCHL alumni who were recognized with weekly awards.

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week

Eric Butte – Senior – Army West Point (Langley Rivermen)

Butte had his best two-game stretch of the season against Canisius last weekend, scoring a pair of goals to lead the Black Knights to a win in game two of the series. The Belmont, Mass. native also set a program record for faceoff winning percentage with a .750 effort in game one. Butte was 24-8 on the dot, which is the most wins by a Black Knight in at least the past 10 seasons.

The 24-year-old is a two-year veteran of the BCHL, having suited up for the Langley Rivermen from 2016 to 2018 where he notched 54 points in 104 career regular-season games.

CCHA Defenceman of the Week

Trevor Cosgrove – Senior – Northern Michigan University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)

Cosgrove recorded four points on three goals and one assist in last weekend’s sweep against his former team, the Colgate Raiders. He led the team in shots both nights, combining for 13 on goal over the two-game stretch. Cosgrove set a career-high in points Friday night with two goals and an assist.  He also registered two blocked shots and was named first star of the game, before picking up third-star honours on Saturday.

The 24-year-old played the 2016-17 season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before making the jump to college the following year. In his lone BCHL campaign, he had 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points in 53 games to finish in a tie for third in scoring among all defencemen.

ECAC Hockey Co-Rookie of the Week

Kyler Kovich – Freshman – Cornell University (Nanaimo Clippers)

Kovich was instrumental in Cornell’s big weekend, scoring a goal in each game at North Dakota. His tally on Friday was an important one, as he potted the game-winner with 5:49 remaining to cap off a third-period comeback. He found the back of the net again on Saturday, this time tying the game at 1-1 in the first period of a game the Big Red would go on to win 3-1.

Kovich played for the Nanaimo Clippers for two seasons from 2018 to 2020. In his second campaign, he finished tied for third in team scoring with 39 points in 51 games.