MSOE’s Romund and Adrian’s Hellems
Pick Up NCHA Men’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Milwaukee School of Engineering senior Michael Romund (F - Mattawan, Mich.) is the NCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and Adrian College senior Braden Hellems (D - St. Thomas, Ontario) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Romund is the first Raider to earn NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors this season after compiling a five-point (3G/2A) weekend that helped MSOE leapfrog Concordia University Wisconsin in the standings with a weekend sweep of the Falcons. On Friday, he scored the opener, assisted the goal that gave his team a 2-1 lead and then set up the go-ahead goal again at 3-2 before MSOE pulled out the 4-3 win. Saturday, Romund lit the lamp early and then capped the victory with an insurance goal late in the 5-3 victory, completing the move up to fourth place in the standings.
Hellems is the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week after playing a big role on both sides of the ice as Adrian clinched the South Division Championship and home ice for quarterfinals and semifinals with a pair of wins. Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed 20 shots to Lake Forest College Friday, followed by just 16 to Aurora University Saturday. On offense, Hellems contributed a huge 3-1-4 line, starting with the game-winner Friday (at 4-3), followed by an insurance marker in the third. Saturday, he assisted the game-winner and once again added a late goal in the 3-1 victory.
2018-19 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Connor Armour, Adrian
Armour tallied two assists and finished +2 in Friday night’s game against Lake Forest to help the Bulldogs clinch the division.
Jake Howie, Marian
Howie had a three-goal weekend to pace the Sabre offense against Lawrence. Howie scored the first Marian goal in the opener and then posted his first multi-goal game in the finale. One of his goals in the finale served as the game-winner.
Shawn O’Malley, Aurora
O’Malley had a career night in AU’s 7-1 win over Trine, which helped the Spartans clinch a playoff spot on the weekend. He had his first hat trick and also added an assist on the night.
Steven Phillips, St. Norbert
Phillips went 1-1-2 in St. Norbert’s 6-5 win over St. Scholastica and then followed with a 2-0-2 night in a 6-4 win over Northland. His goal with 22 seconds left in the second period helped swing momentum back the Green Knights’ way for a 5-4 lead at intermission after the Lumberjacks scored three goals in 87 seconds to tie the game.
Blake Robertson, Trine
Robertson led the way offensively as the Thunder picked up a crucial win over Lake Forest to stay alive in their search for a NCHA tournament berth. He scored the game-winning goal in the contest and added an assist later as the team took a 2-0 lead.
Carson Rose, St. Scholastica
Rose recorded three goals and an assist over the weekend to keep the Saints alive for a postseason berth. Rose scored the Saints first two goals against No. 5 St. Norbert on Friday to keep the Saints close. Then on Saturday, in a must-win game against Finlandia, Rose scored the game-tying goal in the third period and then later assisted the empty-netter. Rose has scored a goal in each of the last three games in which he has appeared.
Hunter Vorva, Marian
Vorva continued his dominance in net during NCHA play posting a 1.44 goals against average as Marian earned three points against Lawrence. Vorva made 42 saves on the weekend with a .933 save percentage including a 25-save shutout in the finale, his third of the season.