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Freshmen Troy Stecher and Keaton Thompson were honored by the NCHC this week.
NCHC recognizes defensemen Stecher, Thompson
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Updated: Monday 12/02/2013 14:09:21 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota defensemen Troy Stecher and Keaton Thompson have garnered weekly honors from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) for their play in North Dakota’s non-conference split with St. Lawrence last weekend.

Stecher was named the NCHC Defenseman of the Week while Thompson was named the league’s rookie of the week. Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week and Western Michigan junior Frank Slubowski was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week.

Stecher, a freshman from Richmond, British Columbia, was a +1 each night against St. Lawrence and assisted on Connor Gaarder’s go-ahead, power-play goal late in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 victory. Stecher helped UND hold the nation’s top power play scoreless in three chances on Saturday and was UND’s only defenseman to register a positive plus/minus in the series.

With a goal and four assists through 14 games this season, Stecher is tied for the team scoring lead among freshmen.

Thompson, also a freshman defenseman, scored his first career goal in Friday’s 5-2 loss. The Devils Lake, N.D., native, who was playing in just his fourth collegiate game, was also a +1 on the night. He posted an even rating the following night in UND’s 3-2 win.

In five games this season, Thompson has one goal and one assist and leads the team with a +2 rating.

UND returns to conference play this weekend with a road series at Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday.

UND’s NCHC Honorees in 2013-14

Nov. 18: Dillon Simpson, Defenseman of the Week

Dec. 2: Troy Stecher, Defenseman of the Week; Keaton Thompson, Rookie of the Week

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