In this week’s NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance, we recap the 11 BCHL alumni that earned conference awards in college hockey last week.
Hockey East Rookie of the Month
Matthew Wood – Freshman – University of Connecticut (Victoria Grizzlies)
Wood posted nine points on two goals and seven helpers through six games in January, helping UConn go 3-3-0. He registered at least one point in each of his outings, firing 13 shots on net and finishing with a plus-five rating. His 1.50 points per game ranked second among all Hockey East skaters.
Wood played two years in the BCHL and finished as the league’s leading point-getter and top goal-scorer in 2021-22 with 85 points and 45 goals in 46 games. He was still considered a rookie that year, as he played the previous shortened pod season as an affiliate with the Grizzlies, so he won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2021-22 as well.
Hockey East Player of the Week
Chase Stevenson – Senior – University of New Hampshire (West Kelowna, Surrey, Trail)
Stevenson posted two goals and two assists for four points as the Wildcats went 2-0-0 on the week in a pair of wins. He tallied two helpers, including one on the game-winning goal, as UNH defeated Merrimack 3-2 in overtime on Friday. With the game tied at 3-3 in the third period at UMass-Lowell, Stevenson scored two goals in 16 seconds to secure a 5-4 win.
The 1999-born Stevenson played three seasons in the league, split between three different teams. He broke into the BCHL as a rookie during the 2016-17 season with the West Kelowna Warriors where he spent two years. He joined the Surrey Eagles to start the 2018-19 campaign before being acquired by the Trail Smoke Eaters midseason. He finished his junior career with 96 points in 133 regular-season games.
Hockey East Defenceman of the Week
Max Crozier – Senior – Providence College (Nanaimo Clippers)
Crozier played the 2017-18 campaign with the Nanaimo Clippers, alongside his brother Tristan. He notched six goals and 23 assists for 29 points to finish second in points by defencemen on his team. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2019.
ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month
Yaniv Perets – Junior – Quinnipiac University (Penticton Vees)
Perets continued to dominate for the Bobcats, helping the team to a 5-2-0 record during January that saw the netminder allow just 12 goals. In seven starts this past month, Perets made 135 saves and earned two shutouts, blanking both Dartmouth and Sacred Heart, the latter of which came en route to Quinnipiac’s second consecutive CT Ice tournament championship with a 4-3 win over UConn to close out the month.
The 22-year-old played the 2019-20 season with the Penticton Vees, posting the third-best goals-against average in the league at 2.19, the second most shutouts with five and a .918 save percentage.
ECAC Hockey Forward of the Week
Alexander Campbell – Junior – Clarkson University (Victoria Grizzlies)
Campbell had a five-point performance for the Golden Knights in their 6-2 victory over Brown on Saturday, registering his second hat trick of the season and adding two more assists to contribute to five of the team’s six goals. Campbell opened the game with an assist on the Golden Knights’ second goal of the evening, then added another in the second period before scoring three of his own in the third, including two power play tallies.
The Chateauguay, Que. native played the 2018-19 season with Victoria. He contributed 67 points in 53 regular-season games to finish one point back of the rookie scoring lead and won the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year. His 46 assists were second overall in the BCHL.
ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week
Luke Pearson – Sophomore – Yale University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Pearson had his best weekend of the season so far, making 52 saves against Clarkson and St. Lawrence to secure two victories for Yale. On Friday, Pearson made 27 saves in a 4-0 decision against the Golden Knights for his first clean sheet of the season and first of his career, then followed up that performance on Saturday with another shutout against St. Lawrence.
The 22-year-old from Whitby, Ont. played in Alberni for two seasons from 2019 to 2021. His best stretch came during the 2021 pod season when he went 11-4-2 with a .922 save percentage and two shutouts, earning the Island Pod Top Goaltender award.
CCHA Forward of the Week
Luc Laylin – Freshman – University of St. Thomas (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Laylin led all CCHA skaters with three goals last week, helping the Tommies to a split with Minnesota State, including the program’s first ever victory over the Mavericks. Scoring the opening goal in both contests, he had two tallies on four shots in St. Thomas’ 3-2 overtime win in Mankato on Friday night. He then had one goal on three shots in a 5-2 defeat on Saturday at home.
The 21-year-old played one season in the BCHL with the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2021-22. He joined the team midseason and piled up 32 points in 37 regular-season games and another 12 in 10 postseason contests.
CCHA Rookie of the Week
Joey Larson – Freshman – Northern Michigan University (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Larson helped Northern Michigan to a home split with Lake Superior State, scoring two goals with one assist for three points. He was even for the weekend with a team-high eight shots on goal. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 defeat, before scoring the eventual game-winner in a 3-1 victory over the Lakers on Saturday.
The 2001-born forward played the 2019-20 campaign with the Chilliwack Chiefs and posted 14 goals, 19 assists and 33 points in 52 regular-season games.
NCHC Defenceman of the Week
Zak Galambos – Senior – Western Michigan University (Wenatchee Wild)
Galambos led all NCHC defensemen with three points on the weekend, while anchoring a blue line that allowed only three goals in a pair of wins at Minnesota Duluth. On Friday, Galambos handed out a pair of assists in a 3-2 overtime victory, while firing five shots on goal and blocking one shot. A night later, he scored a shorthanded goal to double WMU’s lead in the second period in an eventual 4-1 victory.
The 25-year-old spent the 2017-18 season in Wenatchee where he put up 28 points in 41 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he outperformed his regular-season pace and notched 15 points in 20 games, en route to a Fred Page Cup championship.
NCHC Rookie of the Week
Max Dukovac – Freshman – Miami University (Langley Rivermen)
Dukovac was a key contributor in helping Miami earn a pair of overtime ties at St. Cloud State. He dished out an assist both nights against the Huskies and helped Miami’s penalty kill finish the weekend 12-of-13. In Friday’s 3-3 tie, Dukovac had the primary helper on the go-ahead goal in the third period that broke a 2-2 tie. The next night in a 1-1 draw, he picked up an assist on Miami’s only goal, which tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Aurora, Ill. native played the 2021-22 season with the Langley Rivermen and led the team in points with 59 in 51 games. His 42 assists were also the most on the Rivermen. Dukovac had an impressive playoff run as well, notching 14 points in 15 games as Langley made it to the third round of the playoffs.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week
Brandon Koch – Senior – Air Force Academy (Wenatchee Wild)
Koch posted three points on a goal and two assists against Mercyhurst and played a key role in a defence that held the Lakers to five goals and 53 shots in the series. Both of the Hastings, Minn. native’s assists in the series were primary helpers on the game-winning goals, one in overtime and one late in the third period.
The 24-year-old played one season for the Wenatchee Wild in 2018-19, finishing in a tie for eighth in BCHL defencemen scoring with 38 points in 58 games played.