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NCAA Roundup: Dec. 1

In this week’s Roundup, we highlight four former BCHL players who were recently honoured for their strong play in college hockey last week, plus another who earned Goaltender of the Month recognition in his conference.

CCHA Goaltender of the Month

Aaron Trotter – Sophomore – University of St. Thomas (Prince George Spruce Kings)

Trotter went 3-0-0 in November with league-bests in goals-against average (1.67), save percentage (.947) and saves per game (30.0). He turned away 90 of 95 shots over his three starts, allowing just a single even-strength tally. He earned victories over Northern Michigan, Bowling Green and Lake Superior State, highlighted by a 42-save outing against the Falcons on Nov. 10, helping the Tommies to a 4-1 road win. On the year, he is 4-3-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage with one shutout.

Trotter, from Victoria, B.C., played two seasons in the BCHL from 2020 to 2022. During his junior career, he posted a .919 save percentage, a 2.09 goals-against average, four shutouts and 27 wins in 48 appearances.

CCHA Defenceman of the Week

Matthew Campbell – Sophomore – Michigan Tech University

Campbell helped Michigan Tech to its first-ever road sweep of Minnesota State last week, dishing out a pair of assists, while posting a +3 rating. He was also fourth in shots on goal (8), while blocking two defensively. He notched the primary assist on the Huskies overtime-winner on Friday night, before setting up the third-period go-ahead goal in Saturday’s 3-2 regulation-time victory.

The 2003-born defender played two seasons with the Coquitlam Express from 2020 to 2022. His final year in the league, he finished with the most goals among BCHL defencemen with 11, racked up 39 points to finish fourth in blueliner scoring and was name a Second-Team All-Star at year’s end.

CCHA Rookie of the Week

Brody Waters (F) – Freshman – Bowling Green State University (Nanaimo Clippers)

Waters led all conference rookies with two goals last week, helping the Falcons to a split with Northern Michigan. Recording his first collegiate multi-goal game on Friday, he guided the Falcons to a 6-2 victory, posting a +2 rating in the process. After opening the scoring, he netted the tying tally in the third period that sparked a five-goal outburst. On Saturday, he was even with one shot on goal in a 2-0 loss to the Wildcats.

The 21-year-old played in the BCHL for three seasons, all with the Nanaimo Clippers, from 2020 to 2023. Last season, he finished eighth in league scoring and second on his team with 61 points in 51 games. He was also a clutch playoff performer, notching 14 points in each of Nanaimo’s two playoff runs during his time there.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

Jake Hewitt (F) – Freshman – Army West Point (Nanaimo Clippers)

Hewitt led all Atlantic Hockey players in scoring last week with five points on three goals and two assists in three games. The Fitchburg, Mass. native scored a goal in all three of the Black Knights road games at Holy Cross, Merrimack and UMass Lowell. He also registered an assist in two of those contests.

Hewitt played two BCHL seasons for the Nanaimo Clippers. His best campaign came in 2022-23 when he notched 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points in 51 contests.

ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week

Cam Johnson (F) – Freshman – Harvard University (Chilliwack Chiefs)

Johnson scored his first collegiate goal in last Friday’s game against Massachusetts. He then added an assist on teammate Ryan Healey’s goal, recording his first-career multi-point night. The first-year forward enhanced his weekend point total with another helper in Sunday’s matinee against Boston College, finishing the week with six shots on goal.

The Vancouver product played with the Chilliwack Chiefs from 2020 to 2022, piling up 76 points in 74 games over two seasons. In 2021-22, his 65 points were ninth-most in the BCHL and led the Chiefs in scoring. That season, he was named the winner of the Bob Fenton Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player.