NCAA Roundup: 9 BCHL alums earn weekly/monthly awards

Photo credit: Mark Tutuny (Poisson)

A total of nine BCHL alums earned Player of the Week honours in their respective conference and another one got the nod for a monthly award as well. A few others also notched their first-goal milestone.

WCHA Rookie of the Month

Lucas Sowder – Freshman – Minnesota State Mavericks (Wenatchee Wild)
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Sowder helped lead Minnesota State to an undefeated month of October (5-0-1), accounting for nine points on two goals and seven assists to lead the WCHA and all NCAA rookies in points. Sowder also led the WCHA in assists and plus/minus (+9). The Trinity, Fla., native earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors after he posted a goal and two assists in MSU’s season-opening sweep of Arizona State.

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.

WCHA Player of the Week

Ashton Calder- Sophomore – Lake Superior State Lakers (Surrey Eagles)
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The 21-year-old helped lead the Lakers to a pair of wins over Ferris State this weekend with five points in the series on two goals and three assists. Calder led LSSU in points during the team’s two-game home-series sweep against Ferris State with a pair of goals in Friday’s 5-4 overtime win and three assists in Saturday’s 4-3 win. Calder recorded two goals in the third period of the series opener, including a power-play goal. In Saturday’s game, the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. native tallied two power-play assists as well as the secondary assist on the game-winning goal. Calder led all WCHA players in points this week and was tied for first among league players with three power-play points. The sophomore forward is tied for the team-lead on the Lakers with 11 points in 10 games and has notched points in seven of the ten games this season. This is Calder’s third career weekly honor.

Calder spent the 2016-17 in Surrey where he finished second on the team in goals with 22 and fourth in points with 42.

ECAC Hockey Player of the Week

Corey Andonovski – Sophomore – Princeton Tigers (Chilliwack Chiefs)
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The Uxbridge, Ont. native nearly matched his rookie season goals total in just the first weekend of the season, recording five points (4G, 1A) in two games against No. 16 St. Cloud. His first-career hat trick on Saturday included a pair of power-play goals, and helped the Tigers to a 5-5 tie, capping off an undefeated weekend.

Andonovski was the Chiefs’ third-leading scorer in his lone season in Chilliwack in 2017-18, finishing the year with 38 points in 55 games. He also had five points in five games at the RBC Cup in Chilliwack where the Chiefs won on home ice.

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week

Will Calverley – Sophomore – Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (Chilliwack Chiefs)
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Calverley helped RIT to a 1-0-1 record last week, tallying three goals on six shots and finished the weekend +2. Friday, Calverley scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 7-4 win over Holy Cross. His goal at 14:47 of the third period proved to be the game winner. He scored in a 3-3 tie Saturday against the Crusaders. He also won 17-of-28 face-offs (60.7%).

The 21-year-old from Scarborough, Ont. played two seasons in Chilliwack from 2016 to 2018 and put up 96 points in 111 regular-season games. He captained the 2018 team that captured the RBC Cup and won tournament MVP.

Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week

Adam Brubacher – Senior – Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (Powell River Kings)
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Brubacher helped RIT to a 1-0-1 record last week against Holy Cross. The senior defensemen tallied two assists, while finishing +6. He recorded both of his assists in Friday’s 7-4 win for RIT, finishing +4. Saturday, Brubacher fired a shot and was +2 in a 3-3 draw.

He split the 2015-16 season between the Prince George Spruce Kings and Powell River and had 49 points in 58 regular-season games.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

Braeden Tuck – Freshman – Sacred Heart Pioneers (Trail Smoke Eaters)
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Tuck extended his point streak to four games with a five-point weekend for Sacred Heart in a weekend split with Air Force. He had a goal and two assists and finished +4 in a 7-1 win on Friday, then added two more assists as the Pioneers tried to rally in a 4-3 loss to the Falcons on Saturday.

Tuck played three seasons in Trail, including one as captain, and ended his BCHL career with 108 points in 165 regular-season games, adding another 27 in 38 playoff games.

Hockey East Co-Player of the Week

Angus Crookshank – Sophomore – New Hampshire Wildcats
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The North Vancouver, B.C. native posted three goals and one assist for four points as the Wildcats went 2-0-0 on the week. He scored the game-winning overtime goal versus then-#15 Boston College on Friday, while he tallied two goals and one assist as New Hampshire defeated the Big Green on Saturday, 5-4, in overtime.

Crookshank played two full seasons for the Rivermen from 2016 to 2018 and totaled 67 points in 77 regular-season games.

Hockey East Rookie of the Week

Ben Poisson – Freshman – Maine Black Bears (Prince George Spruce Kings)
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Poisson scored his first goal and recorded his first assist in a Black Bears’ uniform on Friday night. His two points helped Maine defeat Boston University, 4-2, as the Black Bears earned three out of four league points over the Terriers.

The 20-year-old captained the Spruce Kings to a Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup championship last year and led the team to an appearance in the final game of the National Junior A Championship. Poisson played parts of four seasons in Prince George from 2015 to 2019, finishing his career with 114 points in 164 regular-season games and another 24 in 25 playoff games.

NCHC Goalie of the Week

Michael Corson – Sophomore – Denver Pioneers (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
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Corson had a night to remember in his only appearance of the weekend last Saturday against Niagara. Making his first career start and only second career appearance, Corson recorded his first career shutout, stopping all 16 shots the Purple Eagles sent his way. He was named First Star of the Game in Saturday’s 4-0 win, helping kill all five Niagara power plays, including making four saves short-handed. The win in net was the first of his career, as well, while he still has a perfect 1.000 save percentage for his career as he is yet to allow a goal in his two career appearances now, totaling 26 saves in the two games.

The Darien, Ill. native appeared in 18 games for the Capitals in the 2017-18 season and had a .909 save percentage.

NCAA Milestones

Several freshmen alums also hit the first-goal milestone in the NCAA last week:

  • Jamie Armstrong – Boston University (Penticton Vees) – Nov. 1 vs. Maine
  • Brad Cocca – Brown (Merritt Centennials) – Nov. 1 vs. Yale
  • Cole Donhauser – Yale (Chilliwack Chiefs) – Nov. 2 vs. Brown
  • Andre Ghantous – Northern Michigan (Penticton Vees) – Oct. 25 vs. Ferris State
  • Jack Judson – Arizona State (Vernon Vipers) – Nov. 1 vs. Quinnipiac (GWG)
  • Daneel Lategan – Alabama-Huntsville (Langley Rivermen) – Nov. 1 vs. Northern Michigan
  • Keaton Mastrodonato – Canisius (Alberni Valley Bulldogs) – Nov. 2 vs. Union College
  • Marcus Mitchell – Alaska-Anchorage (Nanaimo Clippers) – Oct. 31 vs. Omaha
  • Ben Poisson – Maine (Prince George Spruce Kings) – Nov. 1 vs. Boston University
  • Braeden Tuck – Sacred Heart (Trail Smoke Eaters) – Nov. 1 vs. Air Force (GWG)