St. Norbert College’s Christensen and Black
Sweep NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
St. Norbert College sophomore Riley Christensen (F - De Pere, Wis.) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore teammate T.J. Black (G - Wheaton, Ill.) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Christensen becomes the first St. Norbert College player to earn NCHA Offensive Player of the Week this season. In a highly-anticipated battle - between not only two of the top teams in the NCHA, but two of the top teams in the country - Christensen led the Green Knights to a sweep at Adrian College with two goals and two assists, having a hand in four of his team’s seven goals. In Friday’s 3-1 win, Christensen set the tone by scoring SNC’s first goal before adding its third tally. In Saturday’s 4-2 victory, Christensen registered assists on St. Norbert’s first and third goals.
Black is the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, earning the honor following his impressive work between the pipes against the then #4/#7 Bulldogs. He paced St. Norbert to the sweep with a combined 72 saves, allowing just three goals against the nation’s top offensive team entering the weekend. Black made 27 saves, allowing just a single power-play goal in Friday’s 3-1 win. Black then turned in an impressive 45-save performance in Saturday’s 4-2 triumph. It marked the first time in Adrian’s 10-year history they were swept in a weekend series at home by the same opponent.
St. Norbert College remains the nation’s consensus No. 1 team in the land in the national polls with the pair of victories and also strengthens its hold on its division lead. Black remains the top goalie in the land, with his 0.99 goals-against average the only mark under one per game in the country.
St. Norbert is also the top defensive team, allowing just 1.35 goals-per game overall. Adrian remains a Top 10 squad, with the College of St. Scholastica and Marian University also receiving votes.
2016-17 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Austin Campbell, MSOE
Campbell led the Raiders to a pair of wins over the weekend, posting a 2.01 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage as MSOE earned a sweep. He made 28 saves overall.
Ty Kraus, Northland
Kraus led the charge as the LumberJacks claimed a weekend sweep of Aurora. He had four goals in Saturday’s effort, posting a hat trick by the middle of the second before adding the fourth midway through the final period. For the weekend he had four goals and two assists for six total points.
Jack Lewis, Lake Forest
Lewis had a hand in four of the Foresters’ five goals in a split with Marian over the weekend. He scored the team’s only goal while on the power play in Friday night’s 2-1 loss on the road. Lake Forest came back from a two-goal deficit to win 4-3 on Saturday and Lewis, who leads the NCHA in goals, finished with two scores, including the game-winner, and an assist in the contest.
Derek Perl, Marian
Perl had a four-point weekend as Marian split with Lake Forest in a home-and-home series. Perl had a hand in four of the five Sabre goals over the weekend with one goal and three assists. His lone goal of the weekend proved to be the game-winner and came late in the third period of the series opener. Perl also skated in his 100th career game over the weekend.
Derek Sutliffe, St. Scholastica
In a weekend sweep of Lawrence University, Sutliffe had four points on a goal and three assists. He had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 7-2 victory. Friday night was also his 100th career game as a Saint. Then on Saturday, he assisted both goals in the 2-1 win.
Eric Tien, MSOE
Tien posted four points on two goals and two assists against Finlandia, including one of the game-winning variety.