It was a great week for BCHL alumni members plying their trade in college hockey. A total of eight former BCHLers earned recognition in their conferences, including a netminder who was named National Goaltender of the Month by the Hockey Commissioners Association.
Hockey Commissioners Association National Goaltender of the Month
Tommy Scarfone – Junior – Rochester Institute of Technology (Surrey Eagles)
Scarfone led his conference with a .950 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against average in January and was tops in all of college hockey with two shutouts in seven appearances. The Montreal, Que. native made a career-high 46 saves to preserve a 1-1 tie opposite St. Lawrence on Jan. 6 and 33 saves during a 4-0 shutout of Clarkson on Jan. 5. He also combined to stop 44 of 45 shots faced in a two-game sweep of Bentley on Jan. 26 and 27, including a 3-0 victory for his eighth career shutout – the most among active Atlantic Hockey goaltenders.
Scarfone played for the Surrey Eagles 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. During the shortened 2020-21 pod season, he backstopped the Eagles to first place in the Coquitlam Pod.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
Ethan Leyh (F) – Graduate – Bentley University (Langley Rivermen)
Leyh scored his second hat trick of the season in the Falcons 4-2 win over Army West Point on Friday. The Anmore, B.C. native now shares the national lead in that category. Leyh notched a goal in each period of the contest, including a first-period power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the second period which was the eventual game-winner.
The 2001-born forward played two full seasons in the BCHL from 2017 to 2019 with the Langley Rivermen. He was his team’s leading scorer his final year in the league, piling up 43 points in 51 regular-season games.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week
Hunter Sansbury (D) – Junior – Sacred Heart University (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Sansbury once again led Atlantic Hockey in blocked shots on the weekend with 11 in two games against American International College. The effort saw the Lomita, Calif. native become the 13th player in Atlantic Hockey history to surpass 200 career blocked shots. Offensively, he notched three points on a goal and two assists against the Yellow Jackets, including the secondary assist on his team’s overtime game-winner on Friday. He matched his career high with seven blocks on Saturday night, to headline a 22-block outing for the Pioneers. This is his second straight Defensive Player of the Week honour and the fifth conference award of his career.
The 23-year-old spent two seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks from 2019 to 2021, including one as team captain, totaling 37 points in 74 career games.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week
Jack Stockfish (F) – Freshman – College of the Holy Cross (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Stockfish led Atlantic Hockey in scoring last weekend with seven points on two goals and five assists. The North Bay, Ont. native had the most productive weekend of his young career to help lead Holy Cross to a home sweep of Air Force. On Friday, he scored once and assisted on a second goal as the Crusaders rallied for a 6-3 win. In Saturday’s series finale, Stockfish scored the second goal of the game for Holy Cross and assisted on the final three tallies in a 5-2 win to complete the sweep.
Stockfish played the 2022-23 campaign with the Prince George Spruce Kings and put up 14 goals, 18 assists and 32 points in in 47 regular-season games.
CCHA Forward of the Week
Quinn Emerson – Sophomore – Bowling Green State University (Wenatchee Wild)
Emerson paced all CCHA skaters in points (four), assists (three) and plus-minus (+4), leading Bowling Green to a road sweep of Ferris State last weekend. He opened the weekend by scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winner in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory. He then dished out a pair of helpers in a 3-1 win on Saturday night. For the weekend, he notched four shots on goal and one block at the defensive end of the ice.
The son of former NHLer Nelson Emerson, the Manhattan Beach, Calif. product played the 2019-20 campaign in the BCHL with the Wenatchee Wild. After a year in the North American Hockey League, he returned to the Wild for the 2021-22 season where he was named team captain and finished third in team scoring with 37 points in 53 contests.
CCHA Goaltender of the Week
Aaron Trotter – Sophomore – University of St. Thomas (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Trotter went 1-1-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage, helping the Tommies to a four-point weekend in a first-place battle with Minnesota State. Also recording his first two assists of the year, he made a league-best 68 saves across the two contests, including 33 in a 4-2 road victory on Saturday night. His 35 stops on Friday were his second-highest total of the year.
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.
ECAC Hockey Forward of the Week
Luke Haymes – Sophomore – Dartmouth College (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Haymes notched four goals over the weekend. In a 5-1 victory on Friday at Princeton, the sophomore forward recorded his first hat trick of the season, featuring the power-play game-winning goal. The following night, Haymes added his fourth goal of the weekend against Quinnipiac, finishing with a +1 rating.
Haymes played the 2021-22 season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals and led the team with 22 goals in 52 games, while his 49 points were second most on the team.
ECAC Hockey Defender of the Week
Davis Pennington – Junior – Quinnipiac University (Powell River Kings)
Pennington initiated the scoring in the Bobcats 2-1 victory against Harvard, contributing the first goal of the night, and followed up the next night with an assist on the game-winning goal against Dartmouth. The junior defender concluded the weekend with a +2 rating.
The 22-year-old played the 2019-20 campaign with the Powell River Kings and led the team in points from the back end with 32 in 57 games, good enough for top-20 in BCHL defencemen scoring. His 30 assists were tied for eighth among all league blueliners.