By Chris Zills - NCHAhockey.org
Concordia Wisconsin’s Stuermer and
St. Norbert’s Jacobson, Earn NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Concordia University Wisconsin sophomore Devin Stuermer (So, F - Milwaukee, Wis.) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and St. Norbert College junior David Jacobson (Jr, G - Janesville, Wis.) and Concordia University Wisconsin sophomore Domingo Torrenueva (So, G - Oshawa, Ontario) share the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Stuermer is the NCHA Offensive Player of the
Week for the second time this season after continuing his hot
streak, scoring four goals in three games last week. The highlight
was a two-goal game at No. 14 Augsburg, including netting the
game-winner. He also added goals in wins over Lake Forest and St.
Mary’s and has now lit the lamp in six straight games.
Torrenueva and Jacobson share NCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after each went unbeaten between the pipes.
Torrenueva led the charge for one of the hottest teams in the league, backstopping the Falcons to an impressive 3-0 week with 100 total saves and a .935 save percentage in the trio of contests. CUW has won all six games since he moved into the starting lineup, with the week highlighted by 43 saves in an NCHA victory over Lake Forest and 28 saves in a 5-2 win over No. 14 Augsburg.
Jacobson helped the Green Knights to a 3-2 win over No. 13 River Falls Friday, stopping all 18 shots to improve to 9-0-0 on the season. Then, he held No. 2 Stevens Point to a pair of goals with a 25-save performance on the road in front of a crowd of 1,440 to help No. 4 St. Norbert earn the tie and improve to 12-2-1 on the season.
A week after becoming the second different NCHA member to be the consensus No. 1 team in the national polls, Adrian College held on to its #1 ranking after a 1-0-1 week and is now unbeaten through a school-record 15 games at 13-0-2. The NCHA has three teams in the polls (St. Norbert at No. 4 and St. Scholastica at No. 15) and a fourth (Concordia Wisconsin) receiving votes in both. This week, it’s back to league play, highlighted by a top-15 battle when CSS heads to Adrian.
2013-14 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Bobby Barrett, Lake Forest (Jr, F - Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., 12)
Barrett netted a goal in each of Lake Forest’s three games last week. His goal in a 6-4 loss to Concordia Wisconsin on Tuesday gave the Foresters a 2-1 lead in the first period and he later assisted on a goal that made the score 3-3 in the second. He converted a power play opportunity to give his team a 2-1 lead in a 2-2 tie at Gustavus Adolphus on Friday and he netted his third game-winning goal of the year with 5:47 to play in Lake Forest’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory at St. Olaf on Saturday.
Austin Campbell, Milwaukee Engr. (Fr., G - Spokane, Wa., 1)
Campbell stopped 31 shots at St. Mary’s to force 2-2 tie, posting .939 save percentage in the game. Earned points in second-straight start (won in start last weekend).
Ben Certo, Lake Forest (So, D - Grand Island, N.Y., 11)
Certo contributed to half of Lake Forest’s 10 goals in three games last week, lifting him into the conference lead in points per game by a defenseman. After assisting on a pair of goals in the Foresters’ 6-4 loss to Concordia Wisconsin on Tuesday and setting up another score in a 2-2 tie at Gustavus Adolphus on Friday, he helped erase a 3-1 deficit by assisting on one third period goal and scoring another during the team’s 4-3 triumph at St. Olaf College on Saturday.
Josh Cousineau, Adrian (Sr, F - Penetang, Ont., 71)
Cousineau picked a great time to score his first two goals of the season this weekend helping Adrian go 1-0-1 against non-conference opponents St. Olaf and Gustavus Adolphus. He had a power play goal and assist with three shots on net in a 4-4 tie against the Oles on Friday. He also had the game-winner on the power play in a 2-0 win against the Gusties on Saturday helping #1 Adrian improve to 13-0-2 this season. Cousineau now has three GWG and 31 career goals and eclipsed the 100-point barrier earlier this season.
Tyler Klein, Marian (Wis.) (Sr, F - Fargo, N.D., 18)
Klein kicked off the second half of the season in impressive fashion, tallying four points on the weekend. Against Concordia-Moorhead on Friday night, Klein recorded three assists and finished at a +3. On Saturday, he put the Sabres on the board just 1:14 into the first period.
Nick LaRue, Milwaukee Engr. (So., D - La Crosse, Wis. , 8)
LaRue scored goal in each game last weekend. He scored on power play at #14 Augsburg Friday and then added the team’s second goal in team’s 2-2 draw at St. Mary’s Saturday. LaRue finished St. Mary’s game with 7 shots.
Thomas Nosella, Marian (Wis.) (Jr, D - Calgary, Alta., 6)
Nosella helped to anchor the Marian defense as they went 0-1-1 on the weekend. The Calgary native posted a +2 rating in Friday night’s tie with Concordia-Moorhead. Nosella finished even on Saturday in the overtime loss against St. John’s.
Scott Shackell, Adrian (Jr, G - Kanata, Ont., 41)
Shackell earned his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career stopping all 33 shots in a 2-0 win at Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday. He improved to 5-0 in net this season and also helped snap the Gusties eight-game unbeaten streak which was tied for third-best active streak in Division III. Shackell made 16 of his 33 saves in the third period and also stopped eight shots on the power play as GAC went 0-for-6.