This week, we highlight alumni from the Chilliwack Chiefs, Merritt Centennials, Surrey Eagles, Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors in the NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
Carter Wilkie (F) – Sophomore – Rochester Institute of Technology (Chilliwack Chiefs/West Kelowna Warriors)
Wilkie totaled an Atlantic Hockey high five points last week during RIT’s two-game sweep of Sacred Heart University to take sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The Calgary, Alta. native notched a goal and an assist while winning 6-of-10 faceoffs in Friday’s 3-1 victory before logging a goal and two assists along with 13-of-20 faceoff wins in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. Defensively, Wilkie contributed three blocked shots on the weekend.
The 22-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.
Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week
Tommy Scarfone – Sophomore – Rochester Institute of Technology (Surrey Eagles)
Scarfone improved to 9-1-0 this season with a pair of victories over visiting Sacred Heart. The Montreal, Que. native stopped 37 shots – including a single-period career-high, and Atlantic Hockey season high, 21 in the third period – to preserve Friday’s 3-1 victory. Scarfone then made 19 saves in Saturday’s 3-1 win. He only allowed two goals on 58 shots faced over 120 minutes during the weekend for a .967 save percentage.
The 21-year-old 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. He backstopped the 2020-21 Eagles team to first place in the Coquitlam Pod.
Hockey East Defender of the Week
Slava Demin – Graduate – Merrimack College (Wenatchee Wild)
Demin dished out three helpers on the weekend, including setting up the game-winning goal in Friday’s 1-0 victory over Maine and adding two more assists in Saturday’s 5-2 triumph.
The Cypress, Calif. native played two seasons in Wenatchee from 2016 to 2018, winning a league championship in his final year. He finished his BCHL career with 72 points in 110 regular-season games and another 12 in 30 playoff games. He was named a Second-Team All-Star at the end of the 2018 season, then was drafted in the fourth round by the Vegas Golden Knights at the NHL Entry Draft. He transferred to Merrimack in the offseason after a year at UMass and three years at Denver prior to that.
ECAC Hockey Defender of the Week
Zach Metsa – Graduate – Quinnipiac University (Merritt Centennials)
Metsa is your back-to-back Defender of the Week after a three-point performance over the weekend. On Friday, Metsa assisted on a power-play equalizer by Ethan de Jong during a busy second period. His power play prowess continued on Saturday, when he assisted on Collin Graf’s second goal of the first period, then found the back of the net himself in the opening minutes of the middle frame.
Metsa suited up for the Merritt Centennials in 2016-17 and had 27 points in 57 games.
CCHA Rookie of the Week
Joey Larson (F) – Freshman – Northern Michigan University (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Larson paced all CCHA rookies with two points on a goal and an assist in the Wildcats weekend split with Bemidji State. He assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in Friday night’s 2-0 victory over the Beavers, before netting his team’s only marker in a 4-1 defeat on Saturday. For the weekend, he had an even plus/minus with a league-best nine shots on goal.
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.