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Mar 4, 2014 11:00 AM by Jordan Mason

Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Feb. 24-Mar. 2

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - On the second to final weekend of the regular season, several National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) players stepped up to lead their teams to key victories, but the Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 24 to March 2 are Western Michigan senior forward Chase Balisy for Offensive Player of the Week, Omaha senior defenseman Michael Young for Defenseman of the Week, Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Kyle Osterberg for Rookie of the Week and UNO junior netminder Ryan Massa for Goaltender of the Week.

 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chase Balisy, Western Michigan

Senior Forward

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

 

Balisy scored four goals against No. 20 Denver to help Western Michigan split its weekend series. On Friday, he scored WMU's first goal of the game in the third period, which tied the game before DU won 4-2. The next night, the Nashville Predators prospect exploded for his first career hat trick in his final regular-season home game, as he scored all three Bronco goals in a 3-1 win on Senior Night. Balisy opened the scoring early in the first period, while he added the game-winner in the final frame to break a 1-1 tie and deposited an empty-netter to seal the win. He posted a +2 rating on Saturday, when he was named the game's first star, and finished the weekend +1. Balisy also extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-long four games with six goals and eight points in that span. He has now claimed NCHC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

 

 

DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK

Michael Young, Nebraska Omaha

Senior Defenseman

Calgary, Alta.

 

Young made a big impact in the final regular-season home games of his career, totaling three points on a goal and two assists, while posting a +2 rating and blocking six shots to lead the Mavericks to a sweep of Colorado College. On Friday, he helped UNO pitch its first shutout of the season, while dishing out an assist on a power play goal and posting a +1 rating in a 6-0 victory. The next night, Young had a hand in both Omaha goals with the primary helper on the game-tying power play goal in the first period, while he scored the game-winning goal, his first goal of the season, 55 seconds into overtime to give UNO a 2-1 win on Senior Night. He was also +1 on Saturday, when he blocked six shots and was named the game's first star. On the weekend, Young helped limit CC to just one goal while anchoring a penalty kill unit that went 7-for-7.

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Kyle Osterberg, Minnesota Duluth

Freshman Forward

Lakeville, Minn.

 

Osterberg totaled four points in a sweep at Miami, notching a goal and a trio of assists, to go along with a +3 rating. On Friday, he handed out a career-high three assists on three consecutive UMD goals in the second period, the latter two of which were the primary helper that tied the game at 3-3 and then put the Bulldogs in front in an eventual 5-4 win. Osterberg was +2 Friday while being named the game's third star. The next night, the rookie scored the game's only goal midway through the second period for his first career game-winning goal, which earned him first star of the game in the 1-0 shutout. Osterberg put seven shots on goal on the weekend and had a hand in four of UMD's six goals in the series. He has now claimed NCHC Rookie of the Week three times this season.

 

 

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Massa, Nebraska Omaha

Junior Goaltender

Littleton, Colo.

 

Massa had a career weekend, backstopping the Mavericks to a sweep of Colorado College while allowing just one goal in two games. He posted a 0.50 goals-against average and a .979 save percentage while picking up both wins in net. On Friday, he pitched his first shutout of the season and second of his career, stopping all 20 shots that came his away. Massa also picked up his career-best eighth win Friday, while being named the third star of the game. On Saturday, he was strong in net again, allowing just one goal, which came 35 seconds into the game, while he stopped the next 26 shots that came his way as Omaha earned a 2-1 victory in overtime. He earned second star of the game Saturday. Massa totaled 46 saves on 47 shots on the weekend while helping UNO kill all seven Colorado College power plays. He has now collected NCHC Goaltender of the Week twice this season.

 

 

OTHER NOMINEES:

 

Offensive Player of the Week

Connor Gaarder, Jr., F, UND - Scored a pair of goals in UND's 5-2 win at SCSU Friday, tying the game with his first goal, while he posted a +2 rating in the contest and on the weekend

 

Brock Montpetit, Sr., F, UNO - Tallied five points on the weekend, scoring his first career short-handed goal and adding two assists in a 6-0 shutout Friday, before chipping in two more helpers in a 2-1 win Saturday, as he assisted on both game-winning goals and posted a +2 rating in the series

 

Defenseman of the Week

Kevin Gravel, Sr., D, SCSU - Scored a goal in each game against North Dakota, including an empty-netter to seal the win Saturday when he posted a +2 rating, while he blocked four shots in the series

 

Paul LaDue, Fr., D, UND - Chipped in an assist on the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 victory, while also logging a +3 rating and blocking two shots, which were his series totals as well

 

Rookie of the Week

Jake Guentzel, Fr., F, UNO - Totaled three points in a sweep of Colorado College, scoring a goal and adding an assist with a +2 rating in Friday's shutout, while scoring the game-tying goal for UNO Saturday in an eventual overtime win

 

Paul LaDue, Fr., D, UND - Chipped in an assist on the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 victory, while also logging a +3 rating and blocking two shots, which were his series totals as well

 

Anthony Louis, Fr., F, Miami - Tied a career high with three points in Friday's loss to UMD, scoring two goals for his first multi-goal game, while adding an assist, all on Miami's first three goals of the game

 

Goaltender of the Week

Aaron Crandall, Sr., G, UMD - Collected two wins in net while posting a .926 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA in a sweep at Miami, as he pitched a 31-save shutout Saturday - his first of the season - after earning a 5-4 win Friday

 

Zane Gothberg, So., G, UND - Started both games in a split at SCSU, giving up just two goals and making 22 saves in a 5-2 win Friday, while again allowing just two goals in a 3-1 loss Saturday as he compiled 51 saves in the series for a .927 save percentage and a 2.02 GAA

 

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