Nick Halloran, Mike Haviland and Alex Leclerc up for annual league awards

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Nick Halloran scored twice in the opening period for his 12th and 13th goals this season.

Colorado College sophomore Nick Halloran is one of three finalists for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Forward of the Year award and one of three for the league Three Stars Award, while coach Mike Haviland received his first nomination as bench boss.

Tigers sophomore goalie Alex Leclerc is also up for the Three Stars award.

The finalists and nominees for 11 league awards were announced on Thursday.

The winners will be announced and honores on March 15 at the annual NCHC Awards Celebration at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul on the eve of the fifth annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff, and first 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 ties) being finalists. The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award nominees were submitted by and then 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.

Full list of finalists and nominees follows:

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Colorado College vs Wisconsin, Broadmoor World Arena, Nov. 25, 2016

Player of the Year Finalists Henrik Borgström, So., F, Denver; David Pope, Sr., F, Omaha; Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., D, SCSU

Herb Brooks Coach of the Year Finalists — Mike Haviland, CC; Bob Motzko, SCSU; Scott Sandelin, UMD

Senior Scholar-Athlete Award Nominees — Scott Moldenhauer, D, WMU; Johnny Simonson, F, UND; Tyler Vesel, F, Omaha

Rookie of the Year Finalists — Dávid Hrenák, G, SCSU; Ian Mitchell, D, Denver; Scott Perunovich, D, UMD

Goaltender of the Year Finalists — Dávid Hrenák, Fr., SCSU; Tanner Jaillet, Sr., Denver; Hunter Shepard, So., UMD

Forward of the Year Finalists —Henrik Borgström, So., Denver; Nick Halloran, So., CC; David Pope, Sr., Omaha

Defensive Defenseman of the Year Finalists — Will Borgen, Jr., SCSU; Joel Messner, Sr., Omaha; Colton Poolman, So., UND; Nick Wolff, So., UMD

Offensive Defenseman of the Year Finalists —Scott Perunovich, Fr., UMD; Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., SCSU; Christian Wolanin, Jr., UND

Defensive Forward of the Year Finalists — Rhett Gardner, Jr., UND; Karson Kuhlman, Sr., UMD; Tyler Vesel, Sr., Omaha

NCHC Three Stars Award Finalists — Dylan Gambrell, Jr., F, Denver; Nick Halloran, So., F, CC; Alex Leclerc, So., G, CC; David Pope, Sr., F, Omaha

Sportsmanship Award Nominees — Karson Kuhlman, Sr., F, UMD; Judd Peterson, Sr., F, SCSU; Austin Poganski, Sr., F, UND; Tyler Vesel, Sr., F, Omaha

Rookie of the Year Finalists — Dávid Hrenák, G, SCSU; Ian Mitchell, D, Denver; Scott Perunovich, D, UMD

Goaltender of the Year Finalists — Dávid Hrenák, Fr., SCSU; Tanner Jaillet, Sr., Denver; Hunter Shepard, So., UMD

Forward of the Year Finalists —Henrik Borgström, So., Denver; Nick Halloran, So., CC; David Pope, Sr., Omaha

Defensive Defenseman of the Year Finalists — Will Borgen, Jr., SCSU; Joel Messner, Sr., Omaha; Colton Poolman, So., UND; Nick Wolff, So., UMD

Offensive Defenseman of the Year Finalists —Scott Perunovich, Fr., UMD; Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., SCSU; Christian Wolanin, Jr., UND

Defensive Forward of the Year Finalists — Rhett Gardner, Jr., UND; Karson Kuhlman, Sr., UMD; Tyler Vesel, Sr., Omaha

NCHC Three Stars Award Finalists — Dylan Gambrell, Jr., F, Denver; Nick Halloran, So., F, CC; Alex Leclerc, So., G, CC; David Pope, Sr., F, Omaha

Sportsmanship Award Nominees — Karson Kuhlman, Sr., F, UMD; Judd Peterson, Sr., F, SCSU; Austin Poganski, Sr., F, UND; Tyler Vesel, Sr., F, Omaha

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CC forwards Nick Halloran, Mason Bergh garner all-NCHC accolades

halloran road unisColorado College sophomore Nick Halloran, who finished second in the National Collegiate Hockey scoring race behind unanimous selection Henrik Borgström of Denver, was named to the all-league first team while junior Mason Bergh received honorable mention, aka third team.

Borgström, a Florida Panthers draft pick, captured the NCHC scoring title with 33 points in 24 conference games (1.38 ppg), while tying for second in conference play with 14 goals, including two game-winners, adding 19 assists and a +6 plus/minus. Halloran finished second in the NCHC scoring race with 31 points in 24 games, potting 13 goals and handing out 18 assists, while leading the NCHC with four game-winners.

Voting was conducted by the eight head coaches at each institution. Coaches voted for six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders, awarding first-place votes for six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender) and second-place votes for the other six selections. Three points were awarded for a first-place vote while one point was awarded for a second-place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

All-Conference First Team

F: %Henrik Borgström, So., Denver – 21 points (7 first-place votes) – unanimous

F: Nick Halloran, So., Colorado College – 19 (6)

F: David Pope, Sr., Omaha – 17 (5)

D: $Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., St. Cloud State – 19 (6)

D: Scott Perunovich, Fr., Minnesota Duluth – 16 (5)

G: *Tanner Jaillet, Sr., Denver – 13 (4)

 

All-Conference Second Team

F: $Mikey Eyssimont, Jr., St. Cloud State – 11 (3)

F: $Troy Terry, Jr., Denver – 9 (2)

F: %Dylan Gambrell, Jr., Denver – 5 (1)

D: Christian Wolanin, Jr., North Dakota – 12 (3)

D: +Louie Belpedio, Sr., Miami – 8 (1)

G: Hunter Shepard, So., Minnesota Duluth – 12 (3)

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

F: Wade Allison, So., Western Michigan – 4 (0)

F: Mason Bergh, Jr., Colorado College – 3 (0)

F: Dawson DiPietro, So., Western Michigan – 2 (0)

F: Robby Jackson, Jr., St. Cloud State – 2 (0)

D: Will Borgen, Jr., St. Cloud State – 4 (1)

D: Colton Poolman, So., North Dakota – 2 (0)

G: Dávid Hrenák, Fr., St. Cloud State – 7 (1)

 

* 2016-17 NCHC First-Team All-Conference

% 2016-17 NCHC Second-Team All-Conference

$ 2016-17 NCHC Honorable Mention All-Conference

+ 2015-16 and 2016-17 NCHC Honorable Mention All-Conference

Halloran repeats as National Collegiate Hockey Conference player of the month

halloran road unisA breakthrough season for CC sophomore Nick Halloran has not gone unnoticed.

Halloran became only the second National Collegiate Hockey Conference athlete to be named as the league player of the month twice in a row after receiving the honor for Dec. 2017 and now Jan. 2018. The first to do so was Denver’s Joey LaLeggia (Jan.- Feb. 2015).

Halloran tied for the NCHC scoring lead and tied for fifth nationally in January with 12 points in six games, while his 2.00 points per game and 1.17 assists per game both led the conference, with the 2.00 points per game also ranking second nationally during the month.

He scored five goals in January, while also tying for the NCHC lead with seven assists in the month, including six on the power play. Halloran recorded points in five of six games in January, including four multi-point games, in which the Tigers went 2-1-1.

The Draper, Utah native logged four points against Minnesota Duluth Jan. 12-13. After going scoreless in CC’s series opener at Western Michigan Jan. 19, his only game without a point during the month, he recorded three points the next night in a 6-5 overtime win, handing out two assists before scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Tigers their first ever win at WMU.

Halloran concluded his month with a five-point outing against Miami last weekend, which earned him NCHC co-offensive player of the week.

Entering this weekend, Halloran is tied for the NCAA lead with 39 points (23 assists) in 26 games, while his 16 goals are tied for the NCHC lead and his 23 assists lead the league. Halloran is now a candidate for Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) National Player of the Month for January, which will be announced on Friday.