NCHC names two Tigers as finalists for individual season awards

cc__m_bergh-1019Colorado College junior goalie Alex Leclerc is a finalist for two National Collegiate Hockey Conference individual awards while Tigers co-captain Mason Bergh is one of three vying for the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award.

Leclerc is one of three vying for the Three Stars Award and one of four for Goaltender of the Year. The league announced the finalists in a media release on Thursday.

The winners will be revealed next Thursday, March 21 at the annual NCHC Awards Celebration at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul on the eve of the sixth annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center.

For most of the awards, finalists were determined based on voting by the conference’s eight head coaches with the top three vote-getters for each award (plus up to one tie) being finalists. The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award finalists were voted upon by the conference’s Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs). Athletic Directors at each NCHC institution had a vote on Herb Brooks Coach of the Year, as well, along with the coaches.

The list of finalists follows:

Player of the Year
Colton Poolman, Jr., D, UND
Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., D, SCSU
Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, UMD

Herb Brooks Coach of the Year
Brett Larson, SCSU
Andy Murray, WMU
Scott Sandelin, UMD

Senior Scholar-Athlete Award
Mason Bergh, F, CC
Fredrik Olofsson, F, Omaha
Jimmy Schuldt, D, SCSU

Rookie of the Year 
Noah Cates, F, UMD
Taylor Ward, F, Omaha

Goaltender of the Year
Dávid Hrenák, So., SCSU
Filip Larsson, Fr., Denver
Alex Leclerc, Jr., CC
Hunter Shepard, Jr., UMD

Forward of the Year
Jarid Lukosevicius, Sr., Denver
Mason Morelli, Sr., Omaha
Patrick Newell, Sr., SCSU

Defensive Defenseman of the Year
Mikey Anderson, So., UMD
Colton Poolman, Jr., UND
Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., SCSU

Offensive Defenseman of the Year
Jack Ahcan, Jr., SCSU
Scott Perunovich, So., UMD
Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., SCSU

Defensive Forward of the Year
Rhett Gardner, Sr., UND
Blake Lizotte, So., SCSU
Josh Melnick, Sr., Miami
Justin Richards, So., UMD

NCHC Three Stars Award
Trevor Gorsuch, Sr., G, WMU
Alex Leclerc, Jr., G, CC
Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, UMD

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