GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota freshman center Rhett Gardner has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Rookie of the Week, it was announced this afternoon by the conference office.
Gardner scored a pair of goals each night against Colorado College last weekend, as North Dakota took five of six NCHC points from the Tigers. Three of his four goals came in the third period.
The Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, native opened the scoring in the first period of Saturday's 5-5 overtime tie, then later scored the game-tying, extra-attacker goal with just 32 seconds left in regulation. He also won 15 of 21 faceoffs, including a perfect 7-for-7 in the third period and overtime, and was a plus-2.
Gardner added two more goals in the third period of Saturday's 5-1 victory, including a short-handed empty netter. He went 11-6 on faceoffs and posted another plus-2 rating.
It was the first NCHC weekly award of Gardner's career and the fourth Rookie of the Week award won by a Fighting Hawk this season. Classmate Brock Boeser has received the award three times.
In 24 games this season, Gardner has nine goals and one assist with a plus-7 rating. HIs nine goals are tied for second among NCHC freshmen with Miami's Jack Roslovic, trailing only Boeser's 15.
St. Cloud State senior forward Joey Benik was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week, Miami senior Matthew Caito was the NCHC Defenseman of the Week, and Denver junior Evan Cowley was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week.
|UND’s 2015-16 NCHC Players of the Week|
|Oct. 12:||Cam Johnson (Goaltender)|
|Oct. 19:||Troy Stecher (Defenseman)|
|Oct. 26:||Brock Boeser (Rookie)|
|Matt Hrynkiw (Goaltender)|
|Nov. 16:||Brock Boeser (Rookie)|
|Nov. 30:||Drake Caggiula (Offensive), Cam Johnson (Goaltender), Tucker Poolman (Defenseman)|
|Dec. 7:||Cam Johnson (Goaltender)|
|Dec. 14:||Cam Johnson (Goaltender)|
|Jan. 18:||Brock Boeser (Rookie), Troy Stecher (Defenseman)|
|Jan. 25:||Rhett Gardner (Rookie)|