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NCAA Roundup: March 8

This week, there are eight former BCHL players who were recognized with weekly or monthly awards in college hockey as all conferences have now wrapped up their regular seasons.

Hockey East Goaltender of the Month

Mathieu Caron – Junior – Boston University (Chilliwack Chiefs)

Caron tied for the national lead with six wins in February and paced all qualified Hockey East netminders with a 2.01 goals-against average in a 6-1-1 month. He was third in Hockey East with 200 saves and a .926 save percentage and allowed two goals or fewer in five of his eight starts. He finished the month with his second shutout of the season with 23 saves against UConn.

The Abbotsford, B.C. native played four seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs from 2017 to 2021, manning the crease for a total of 126 regular-season games. He wrapped up his BCHL career with 67 wins, a .905 save percentage, a 2.67 goals-against average and eight shutouts.

ECAC Hockey Forward of the Month

Luke Haymes – Sophomore – Dartmouth College (Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Haymes totaled 15 points in seven games played for the Big Green. With nine goals and six assists, he recorded a point in every game throughout February. The sophomore forward kicked off the month with his first hat trick of the season in a 5-1 victory at Princeton. Haymes wrapped up the month with a plus-three rating.

The 2003-born forward 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 Defenceman of the Month

Charles-Alexis Legault – Sophomore – Quinnipiac University (West Kelowna Warriors)

Legault tallied eight points in seven games for a 1.14 points-per-game average. The sophomore defender netted three goals, including a crucial game-winner against Clarkson. He also contributed five assists during the month and concluded with a plus-seven rating.

Legault played the 2021-22 season with the West Kelowna Warriors where he had six goals and 12 assists in 36 regular-season games. He took his play to another level in the playoffs that year, averaging a point-per game in 11 postseason contests as a major part of the Warriors run to the Interior Conference Finals. He won a national championship with Quinnipiac last year and was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month

CJ Foley (D) – Freshman – Dartmouth College (Salmon Arm SIlverbacks)

Foley registered eight points during the month of February. In Dartmouth’s 5-4 victory at Union, Foley netted a shorthanded goal in the third frame. The first-year blueliner contributed seven assists throughout the month, finishing with a 1.14 points-per-game average.

The 19-year-old played the 2022-23 season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks where he led the team in points from the back end, putting up seven goals and 20 assists in 48 regular-season games. He was also productive during Salmon Arm’s postseason run, contributing eight points in 14 games.

ECAC Hockey Forward of the Week

Mathieu Gosselin – Graduate – Clarkson University (Merritt Centennials)

Gosselin amassed five points during the Golden Knights weekend sweep on the road. In Friday’s 3-2 overtime victory at Quinnipiac, Gosselin contributed an assist and secured the game-winner in the extra minutes. The following night, the graduate forward netted one goal and provided two assists in a 6-2 win at Princeton. Gosselin concluded the weekend with a plus-three rating.

The Quebec City, Que. native played two seasons with the Merritt Centennials from 2017-2019, finishing second in team scoring his second year with 60 points in 53 games.

ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week

Austin Roden – Graduate – Clarkson University (Nanaimo/Merritt)

Roden put together a 2-0-0 record during the Golden Knights’ road weekend. In Friday’s contest, Roden held off Quinnipiac by making 23 saves for the 3-2 overtime victory. The graduate netminder added 30 saves the next night during a 6-2 win against Princeton, concluding the weekend with 53 total saves. Roden posted a 1.97 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage through the final regular-season weekend.

The 1998-born netminder played three seasons in the BCHL from 2016 to 2019. He started his junior career with the Nanaimo Clippers before being traded to the Merritt Centennials during his second campaign. He put up stellar numbers in Merritt, posting a record of 37-18-2 during his stint there with four shutouts. He finished his BCHL career with a .915 save percentage in 98 appearances.

ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week

Kai Daniells (F) – Freshman – Princeton University (Nanaimo Clippers)

Daniells had a four-point performance over the final regular-season weekend for Princeton. In Friday’s contest against St. Lawrence, he scored the game-tying goal with just four minutes left in regulation and provided a pair of assists for a three-point night. The first-year forward added an assist the following game. Daniells leads all Princeton rookies in scoring with 19 total points on the season.

The Whistler, B.C. native played three campaigns with the Nanaimo Clippers from 2020 to 2023, with his best output coming in 2022-23 where he finished as the BCHL’s fifth-leading scorer with 71 points in 54 games, while his 35 goals on the year were fourth most in the league.

Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week

Powell Connor (D) – Senior – Canisius College (Chilliwack/Trail)

Connor posted his first career multi-point performance with a goal and an assist in his team’s 5-2 victory over Mercyhurst in the opening round of the Atlantic Hockey postseason. The Chilliwack, B.C. native recorded the secondary assist on Canisius’ second goal of the contest before notching his first collegiate tally with an empty-net shorthanded marker in the final two minutes of regulation.

Connor played a total of 201 regular-season games in the BCHL over four seasons, split between the Chilliwack Chiefs and the Trail Smoke Eaters, putting up 75 points over that span. He also appeared in 46 playoff games during his time in the league.