NCAA Roundup: 3 repeat winners

This week’s NCAA Roundup presented by Lordco contains only repeat winners as three BCHL alums were named weekly conference award winners for at least the second time.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

Lucas Sowder – Freshman – Minnesota State University (Wenatchee Wild)

Sowder registered four points on two goals and two assists as Minnesota State claimed a two-game league home sweep over Alabama Huntsville last weekend. The Trinity, Fla., native scored a goal and was +2 with three shots on goal in Friday’s 10-0 win over the Chargers and added a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 8-0 victory. He registered his third game-winning goal of the season. He currently ranks fifth nationally in freshman scoring with 27 points on six goals and 21 assists. This is Sowder’s fourth WCHA Rookie of the Week award this season, the most among league newcomers.

The former Wenatchee captain played three seasons with the Wild, finishing his career with 128 points in 132 regular-season games and another 47 points in 40 playoff games. He won the Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup in 2018.

Hockey East Rookie of the Week

Alex Newhook – Freshman – Boston College (Victoria Grizzlies)

Newhook led Boston College with four points (one goal, three assists) in a sweep of #10 Northeastern. The rookie extended his point streak to eight games with a three-point night on Friday, including the game-winning goal, and finished the series as a plus-four with 63 per cent of faceoffs won. He leads all league rookies with 17 goals and 36 points on the year. This is fourth conference award of the season and the third week in a row he has been recognized.

The 2019 Colorado Avalanche first-rounder led the BCHL in scoring with 102 points and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player last season. In his two seasons in Victoria, Newhook amassed 168 points in 98 regular-season games and another 33 in 27 playoff contests.

Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week

Adam Brubacher – Senior – Rochester Institute of Technology (Powell River Kings)

Adam Brubacher scored two goals and assisted another to lead RIT’s 3-2 OT comeback win over visiting Niagara on Saturday. He scored the game-tying goal with 47 seconds left in regulation and then won the game 1:06 into overtime as the Tigers clinched a top-four seed for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament for the first time since 2016. Brubacher is currently tied for 19th nationally (seventh among defencemen) with 22 assists. This is his second conference award this season.

The Elmira, Ont. native split the 2015-16 season between the Prince George Spruce Kings and Powell River and had 49 points in 58 regular-season games.