There is plenty to discuss in this week’s NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance, with six BCHL alumni earning weekly honours in their conference last week
NCHC Defenceman of the Week
Chris Jandric – Graduate – University of North Dakota (Vernon Vipers)
Jandric was productive at both ends of the ice in North Dakota’s season-opening sweep of Holy Cross. He chipped in four points from the blueline, while helping limit the Crusaders to only one goal all weekend. In Friday’s 6-0 shutout, he tallied a career-high three assists, with all of his helpers coming on the power play. Jandric added his third primary assist of the weekend on Saturday in a 4-1 victory. Along with his four assists, Jandric blocked three shots in the series and finished with a +3 rating. He also fired four shots on goal from the blue line and helped UND’s penalty kill finish 8-for-8 on the weekend.
The Prince George, B.C. native played two full seasons with the Vernon Vipers from 2016 to 2018, finishing his stint with 51 points in 106 career games.
Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week
Aiden Hansen-Bukata – Junior – Rochester Institute of Technology (Nanaimo Clippers)
Hansen-Bukata notched the game-winning goal along with an assist and three blocked shots in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Army West Point. The Delta, B.C. native added a goal and a career-high six blocks in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Black Knights to complete the weekend sweep. The six blocks in the series finale are tied for the Atlantic Hockey season-high in 2022-23.
The 23-year-old played two BCHL seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers from 2018 to 2020. He registered 62 points over 106 regular-season games during his junior career and was named a Second-Team All-Star after his rookie season.
ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week
Jack Watson – Sophomore – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Coquitlam Express)
Watson took home his first two wins of the season and played a huge role in the Engineers weekend sweep of Mercyhurst. Through six periods of regulation and 41 seconds of overtime, Watson made 69 saves on 74 shots and stood tall on the penalty kill.
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.
CCHA Defenceman of the Week
Jake Livingstone – Junior – Minnesota State University (Langley Rivermen)
Livingstone helped the Mavericks to a season-opening split with in-state rival Minnesota last week, scoring a goal and assisting on another for two points, also collecting five shots and five blocks. He was a +2 in the series. After netting his first goal of the season on Friday, the reigning CCHA Defenceman of the Year assisted on Minnesota State’s second goal on Saturday.
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 Goaltender of the Week
Zack Rose – Senior – Bowling Green State University (Victoria Grizzlies)
Rose matched his career-high in saves on Friday, stopping 38 of 39 shots in Bowling Green’s 3-1 road victory over Michigan State. The senior made 10 saves in the first and 11 in the second before collecting 17 in the final frame to help seal the victory. He also made a save on Saturday when filling in for the injured Christian Stoever in 4:23 of ice time. For the season, he is 2-0 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
The 23-year-old played two years with the Victoria Grizzlies from 2017 to 2019, finishing his BCHL career with a .915 save percentage.
CCHA Forward of the Week
Mitchell Martan – Graduate – Bemidji State University (West Kelowna Warriors)
Martan registered a league-best four points on two goals and two assists last week, leading the Beavers to a season-opening split with Arizona State in his first two games with the team after transferring from Canisius College in the summer. He recorded the second-most shots among CCHA skaters (14) and his +2 was third best in the conference. On Saturday against the Sun Devils, he scored a power-play goal and netted the game-winning tally in overtime.
Martan played 18 games for the West Kelowna Warriors during the 2016-17 season and chipped in a goal and two assists.