NCAA Roundup: 5 alums take conference awards

Another week, another list of BCHL alums being honoured with NCAA weekly conference recognition as five former players were selected.

WCHA Forward of the Week

Ashton Calder – Sophomore – Lake Superior State University (Surrey Eagles)

Calder led the Lakers to a split at Michigan Tech last weekend with a pair of two-point efforts. In Friday’s win, Calder netted a shorthanded goal to put the Lakers up 2-1 in the first period and added the game-winner in the third period. Friday’s performance marked the third time that Calder has scored two goals in a game in his career. On Saturday, he opened the scoring for the Lakers with his ninth goal of the season and added his fourth point of the weekend with the primary assist on the game-tying goal with :45 seconds left in regulation.

Calder’s lone BCHL season came in 2016-17 where he had 42 points in 49 games.

Big Ten 2nd Star of the Week

Jimmy Lambert – Freshman – University of Michigan (Vernon Vipers)

Lambert finished the weekend with five points, tying for the national lead and helping Michigan pick up six points in a sweep of Wisconsin. He led the nation in assists on the weekend with four, collecting two helpers and the game-winning goal in Friday’s 8-4 win and added two more assists in Saturday’s 5-3 victory to finish the Big Ten sweep with a plus-five rating.

The Saskatoon, Sask. native played three seasons in Vernon from 2015 to 2018, tallying 141 points in 154 career games, including 61 in his final year to lead the team.

Hockey East co-Rookie of the Week

Alex Newhook – Freshman – Boston College (Victoria Grizzlies)

Newhook picked up multi-point outings in two contests last week, including a goal and an assist in his Beanpot debut against BU and a shorthanded tally and another helper on Friday against #14 UMass Lowell. Newhook tied for second among all league skaters with four points and led all of Hockey East with two power-play assists, three power-play points and one short-handed goal.

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

Chris Harpur – Junior – Niagara University (Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Harpur was a defensive stalwart for the Purple Eagles this weekend, but his efforts at both ends of the ice helped Niagara to a sweep of Mercyhurst. On Friday, Harpur registered two blocked shots in a 3-0 home win. The next night, Harpur blocked three shots and added two goals in a 4-2 road victory. On the weekend, Harpur was +3 with six shots on goal and earned the first multi-goal game of his career.

The 23-year-old blueliner played 168 regular-season games over three seasons in the BCHL, split between Cowichan and the Victoria. He put up 12 goals and 62 assists for 74 points over his career.

ECAC Rookie of the Week

Bradley Cocca – Freshman – Brown University (Merritt Centennials)

Cocca recorded three points on the weekend, two of which came on the power play. He scored the game-winning goal late in the third period against Princeton on Friday night and posted an assist in each game. He finished the weekend with a +2 rating and four shots one goal.

The 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. totaled 91 points in 102 games over his two years in Merritt, including 68 last year to tie for fifth in league scoring.