DULUTH, Minn.--Adrian College has swept the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association awards as senior forward Mathew Thompson (Bolton, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL) is the NCHA Men's Offensive Player of the Week and junior goalie Kevin Entmaa (Milton, Ontario/Caledonia Corvairs, GOJHL) is the NCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Earning D3hockey.com National Team of the Week accolades earlier today, Thompson came up clutch when it mattered the most to claim his second career NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor (Nov. 25, 2014) from a deep field of nominees. Thompson came through with three goals in the two outings against nationally-ranked foes--scoring the game-winner in each contest. He tallied twice at then-No. 3/5 Trinity-Conn. during a 4-1 decision, including the eventual winner at 40 seconds into the second period with AC leading 2-0 at that time, last Tuesday. He broke a 1-1 tie in the third period as the Bulldogs edged 10th-ranked Utica, 2-1, on Saturday. The two-year team captain is now tied for the NCAA Division III lead with seven power play and four game-winning goals. The sports management major has 10 goals and four assists for 14 total points in 15 outings on the season.
Entmaa is the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season and third overall (Feb. 14, 2017, Dec. 1, 2015). The business management major racked up 70 saves and a miniscule 1.00 goals-against average in two victories over nationally-ranked teams. On Tuesday at then-No. 3/5 Trinity-Conn., Entmaa recorded a season-high 37 saves--including 13 in the third period alone when AC was outshot 14-7 and holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He followed that up with 33 saves in Saturday's 2-1 victory against #10/10 Utica. He now ranks third in school history with 35 career victories (35-10-2). He is currently 6-2 with a 1.74 GAA and .933 save percentage on the season.
Adrian, which has risen to No. 4 in both national polls (217 points in USCHO.com, 220 in D3hockey.com) this week, resumes Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play the rest of the way this weekend at home against Lake Forest (Friday at 7:05 p.m.) and Aurora (Saturday at 3:05 p.m.). Get tickets online by clicking on this link. The Bulldogs have won their last three contests by a combined 10-2 score to improve to 11-4 overall, including 7-1 atop the NCHA-South Division.
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