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NCAA Roundup: Feb. 23

Six BCHL alumni made the cut for weekly awards in the NCAA this week, including a goaltender honoured for the third week in a row and the fourth time overall this year. Get caught up in this week’s edition of the NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance.

Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week

Tommy Scarfone – Freshman – Rochester Institute of Technology (Surrey Eagles)

Scarfone totaled 33 saves to backstop the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over host Niagara on Friday and followed that up with a 25-save performance in a 3-2 win over the visiting Purple Eagles on Saturday. In all, the Montreal, Que. native turned away 58 of 62 NU shots in the two wins. Friday’s contest was the freshman goaltender’s fifth outing of the season with at least 30 saves.

The 21-year-old played in Surrey for two seasons from 2019 to 2021. He finished his BCHL stint with a career save percentage of .922 and a goals-against average of 2.50. He backstopped last year’s Eagles team to first place in the Coquitlam Pod.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

Carter Wilkie – Freshman – Rochester Institute of Technology (Chilliwack/West Kelowna)

Wilkie scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left in regulation to clinch Friday’s 4-2 victory at Niagara. The Calgary, Alta., native also had two assists, including the primary helper on the game-winner, in Saturday’s 3-2 home win over the Purple Eagles. Wilkie also finished the weekend with 16 faceoff wins.

The 21-year-old forward played three seasons in the BCHL, split between the Chilliwack Chiefs and West Kelowna Warriors. Over his career, he notched 87 points in 127 regular-season games.

This is his sixth Atlantic Hockey weekly honour of the season.

Big Ten 2nd Star of the Week

Matthew Galajda – Graduate – University of Notre Dame (Victoria Grizzlies)

Galajda backstopped the Irish to a weekend sweep at Michigan State, stopping 63 of the 66 shots faced on the weekend. He finished the series with a .955 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals-against average. The Aurora, Ont. native earned the 73rd win of his career on Saturday and moved into a tie for 13th all-time in NCAA Division I history.

Galajda played for the Victoria Grizzlies for two seasons from 2015 to 2017, finishing his BCHL career with a .918 save percentage, a 2.52 goals-against average and seven shutouts in 83 appearances.

NCHC Goaltender of the Week

Zach Driscoll – Graduate – University of North Dakota (Penticton Vees)

Driscoll continued to have the hot hand, gloving his third straight Goaltender of the Week award after backstopping North Dakota to a sweep at Minnesota Duluth. He made a season-high 36 saves in Friday’s 4-3 win, with 26 of the stops coming in the first 40 minutes. A night later, Discoll made 33 more saves, including 18 in the third period, as UND held on to a 3-2 victory.

The 24-year-old played the 2015-16 season in Penticton and led the BCHL in both save percentage (.933) and goals-against average (1.90), while recording five shutouts and finishing the year with a record of 21-4-0. His save percentage that year is tied for the fifth-best mark all-time for a single season, while his goals-against average is the seventh-lowest in BCHL history. Driscoll finished his tenure with the Vees by winning the BCHL’s Top Goaltender award.

Driscoll is now a four-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week this season, including winning each of the last three.

NCHC Rookie of the Week

Brett Chorske – Freshman – Colorado College (Wenatchee Wild)

Chorske chipped in three points to help Colorado College knock off Miami twice in overtime last weekend. In Friday’s 4-3 extra-session win, he scored to tie the game at 2-2 and the next night, Chorske dished out assists on each of CC’s two goals in regulation, with his second helper tying the game in the third period and forcing overtime in an eventual 3-2 victory.

Chorske played the 2018-19 campaign with the Wenatchee Wild, finishing in a tie for second in team scoring with 39 points in 58 games.

This is Chorske’s second Rookie of the Week honour this season.

Hockey East Goaltender of the Week

Vincent Duplessis – Sophomore – Boston University (Merritt Centennials)

Duplessis stopped all 19 shots he faced in the Terriers’ 1-0 triumph over Northeastern in the Beanpot final. Several of his 19 saves were crucial to keep the game knotted at zero off of Grade A opportunities by the opposition.

The 22-year-old played two years in Merritt, but saw the majority of his action during the 2018-19 season where he had a 9-8-1 record in 20 appearances and finished with a .906 save percentage.