ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey men’s weekly awards were announced Tuesday, December 15 as Yale’s John Hayden was selected as the league’s Player of the Week; Jesper Ohrvall, Rensselaer earned Rookie of the Week honors; while Kyle Hayton, St. Lawrence was voted Goaltender of the Week.
Player of the Week
John Hayden, Yale University
(Junior, Forward - Greenwich, Connecticut)
Hayden had a career-best two goals in a 3-2 win over BU last Saturday. His big day included the game-winner at 6:31 of the third period as the Bulldogs got revenge for a 3-2 OT loss vs. BU in the 2015 NCAAs. Both Hayden goals took great offensive skill. The first came off a perfectly timed one-timer in the slot on the power-play. The game-winner required gathering a pass between defenders and then going in alone on the goal before slipping the puck five hole.
Other nominees: Riley Bourbonnais, Rensselaer, Eric Robinson, Princeton & Sebastian Vidmar, Union
Rookie of the Week
Jesper Ohrvall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
(Freshman, Forward - Halmstad, Sweden)
Ohrvall recorded his first two collegiate goals on Friday, in Rensselaer's 5-1 win over visiting Arizona State. He then added another tally in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Sun Devils to help the Engineers complete the sweep. His nine shots on goal were the most in ECAC Hockey last week. The Engineers are unbeaten in their last three games (2-0-1) following a two-game losing streak. Prior that stint, RPI went nine games unbeaten (7-0-2).
Other nominees: Sebastian Vidmar, Union
Goaltender of the Week
Kyle Hayton, St. Lawrence University
(Sophomore, Goaltender - Denver, Colorado)
Hayton matched his season-high with 41 saves on 42 shots, making 20 of the 41 saves in the third period as the Saints beat Vermont 4-1 on Saturday to finish the first half of the season at 10-5-2, the best 17-game record since 2005-06. Hayton's 41-saves were the highest single-game total nationally for the weekend and his .976 save percentage ranked fourth nationally for the weekend. In logging over 900 minutes in net during the first-half of the season, Hayton has only allowed 28 goals and recorded a 1.85 goals-against average and a stellar .938 save percentage.
Other nominees: Colton Phinney, Princeton
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