NCAA Roundup: Mar. 3

The goalies took the spotlight yet again this week with former BCHL players taking home three Goaltender of the Month awards. Seven players in total were honoured, so get caught up with this week’s NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance.

Hockey East Goaltender of the Month

Vincent Duplessis – Sophomore – Boston University (Merritt Centennials)

Duplessis went 5-0-0 in February, including a 19-save shutout in the Beanpot final against Northeastern. That was his second shutout of the month as he began February with a 4-0 win over Maine. Duplessis finished February with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage, allowing just four even-strength goals during the month.

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.

NCHC Goaltender of the Month

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

Driscoll continued his second-half turnaround, posting a 7-1-0 record in February, while playing every minute in net for the Fighting Hawks last month. His only loss came in overtime. He led the NCHC with both a .941 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average in February, allowing only six even-strength goals over the month and only 14 goals total in eight games. Driscoll ended the month on a six-game winning streak, with five of his seven wins in the month coming against top-20 opponents.

The 25-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.

CCHA Co-Goaltender of the Month

Ethan Langenegger – Sophomore – Lake Superior State University (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Langenegger backstopped the Lakers in the month of February to a perfect 3-0-0 record in his three starts. He recorded a 0.67 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage. He opened the month with his third shutout of the season in the team’s 4-0 win over the Ferris State Bulldogs on Feb. 12, stopping all 20 shots he faced in the win.

The 2000-born goalie played two seasons in Salmon Arm from 2018 to 2020, suiting up for 80 games. In his final year with the team, he posted a record of 23-15-3, a .908 save percentage, a 2.79 goals-against and three shutouts.

CCHA Defenceman of the Week

Trevor Cosgrove – Graduate – Northern Michigan University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)

Cosgrove recorded a three-point weekend. Along with keeping Ferris State to one goal Friday night, he added two assists in the opening game of the series. He recorded the opening goal Saturday night on the power play, had eight shots on net and a plus-3 rating.

The 24-year-old played the 2016-17 season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before making the jump to college the following year. In his lone BCHL campaign, he had 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points in 53 games to finish in a tie for third in scoring among all defencemen.

This is his fourth weekly award this year.

Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Month

Brandon Koch – Junior – Air Force Academy (Wenatchee Wild)

Koch picked up six points on a goal and five assists in February as the Falcons rallied to earn a berth in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals over the season’s final month. The Hastings, Minn. native posted a pair of multi-point games with two assists at Canisius on Feb. 4 and a goal and an assist against Holy Cross on Feb. 12. He ended the month with the primary assist on the Falcons’ overtime game-winning goal to beat RIT 1-0 in the regular season finale.

The 23-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.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

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

Wilkie scored the overtime game-winning goal and added an assist in Friday’s 3-2 victory at Air Force. The Calgary, Alta., native notched his league-leading fifth game-winner of the season, while finishing the regular season tied for third in the conference with 27 points and second with 12 goals.

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 seventh Atlantic Hockey weekly honour of the season.

Big 10 2nd Star of the Week

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

Galajda backstopped the Irish to a weekend sweep of Michigan as the team improved to 4-0-0 versus the Wolverines this season. The netminder stopped 59 of the 61 shots he faced over the weekend for a .967 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average. He also earned the 75th win of his career on Saturday and moved into a tie for 12th all-time among NCAA Division I goalies.

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.

This is his fourth weekly honour this season and his second in a row.