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NCAA Roundup Nov. 3

We have flipped the calendar to November, which means we have both weekly and monthly award winners to recognize in this week’s NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance.

CCHA Defenceman of the Month and Defenceman of the Week

Jake Livingstone – Junior – Minnesota State University (Langley Rivermen)

Livingstone double dipped as the conference defenceman of the week and month.

Livingstone helped the Mavericks to a 5-3-0 record in October, including a 2-0-0 mark in conference play. He paced all CCHA defencemen with seven points on two goals and five assists. Also leading league blueliners in points per game (0.88), he was even for the month with one power-play goal. He registered 22 shots on goal and blocked 12 at the defensive end.

The Creston, B.C. native played four seasons in the BCHL with the Langley Rivermen. Over his 185 regular-season games, Livingstone notched 104 points. In his final year in the league in 2019-20, he finished as the BCHL’s second-highest scoring blueliner with 49 points in 52 games and was named a Second-Team All-Star and a finalist for the league’s Top Defenceman award.

CCHA Forward of the Month

A.J. Vanderbeck – Senior – Northern Michigan University (Wenatchee Wild)

Vanderbeck led all CCHA skaters in goals (6), points (13), points per game (1.44), multi-point games (4), game-winning goals (2), shorthanded goals (1), shots (52) and shots per game (5.78) in the month of October, while playing in nine of the Wildcats 10 games. Nationally, he ranks third in both game-winning and shorthanded tallies, while sitting 13th in points per contest. He has one four-point game and three two-goal games to his credit.

The 25-year-old played two years with the Wenatchee Wild from 2016 to 2018, compiling 128 points in 104 regular-season games. In his final year with the Wild, he captained the team to their first-ever Fred Page Cup title, while finishing second in playoff scoring with 28 points in 20 games.

NCHC Rookie of the Month and Rookie of the Week

Ryan McAllister (F) – Freshman – Western Michigan University (Prince George Spruce Kings)

McAllister received both the weekly and monthly top rookie awards in his conference.

McAllister started his college career on fire, tallying at least a point in each of his first five games. He racked up a point or more in seven of nine games in October, including four multi-point outings. McAllister totaled 13 points in October, which ranks second nationally among freshmen and is five more points than any other NCHC freshmen. His five goals also lead all conference rookies and are tied for third among NCAA freshmen. He dished out eight assists as well, tying for second among all rookies. McAllister’s 13 points in October also tied for second among all NCHC skaters, while averaging 1.44 points per game.

McAllister played 37 games for the Prince George Spruce Kings during the 2019-20 season, putting up five goals, eight assists and 13 points.

Hockey East Goaltender of the Month

Logan Terness – Sophomore – University of Connecticut (Trail Smoke Eaters)

Terness finished the month of October with a 4-0-1 record with only six goals allowed. The sophomore wrapped the month with a 1.18 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage, good enough to sit second in the NCAA in both categories. He is one of three goalies in college hockey with zero losses in more than four games played. He won all three Hockey East games he started and pitched a 43-save shutout against Ohio State.

Terness played two seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters from 2019 to 2021. In his first year in the league, he posted a 27-10-4 record with a .932 save percentage, good enough for third best in the BCHL. He was voted as the league’s Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the season.

ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month

Jack Watson – Sophomore – Rensselaer Polytechnic University (Coquitlam Express)

Watson helped RPI to a 5-2 record to open their 2022-23 campaign. Through seven games started and over 400 minutes played, he has made 166 saves, good for third in the conference, and ranks first in win percentage among goalies with more than three games played. On Oct. 14, he recorded his first clean sheet of the season with a 1-0 shutout of Long Island. Watson has already recorded two games with more than 30 saves, both wins, including a season-high 37 stops in a 3-2 overtime win vs. Mercyhurst on Oct. 8.

The Toronto, Ont. native played the 2019-20 season with the Coquitlam Express, going 13-4-0 in 17 games and finishing the campaign with a .911 save percentage, a 2.51 goals-against average and one shutout.

Big Ten 2nd Star of the Week

Liam Souliere (G) – Junior – Penn State University (Victoria Grizzlies)

Souliere sopped 63 of the 64 shots he faced last week for a .984 save percentage and allowed only one goal in a sweep of Wisconsin. The 23-year-old made 31 saves in a series-opening 2-1 victory, then turned away 32 shots for his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Badgers on Oct. 29.

Souliere played the 2019-20 season with the Victoria Grizzlies, getting into 15 regular-season games and finishing with a 9-6-0 record and a save percentage of .917.

Atlantic Hockey Defenceman of the Week

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

Koch matched his career high with two goals to lead Air Force to a 6-3 win over cross-town rival Colorado College on Saturday. With Air Force leading 4-3 late in the second period of game two, the Hastings, Minn. native scored two power-play goals in a span of 2:20 to give the Falcons a three-goal lead. Koch also recorded five shots on goal in the series with the Tigers.

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 Goaltender of the Week

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

Scarfone backstopped both of RIT’s victories over visiting Holy Cross over the weekend. The Montreal, Que. native made 32 saves, including 16 in the second period, in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win after making 27 stops in Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Crusaders. Scarfone finished the weekend with a 1.97 goals-against average in the series and a .937 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.