2008-09 Men's Ice Hockey Players of the Week

March 9 - Jonathan La Rose, Amherst (Sophomore, Goaltender - Boyle, Alberta)
La Rose backstopped the Lord Jeffs to a 3-0 victory on Friday evening over defending conference champion Trinity in the semifinals of the 2009 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. La Rose made a total of 44 saves in the win, 24 alone coming in the third period, as he posted his third shutout of the season. He improved his record to 11-1-0 heading into this week’s NCAA Tournament action.

March 2 - Connor Olvany, Williams (Sophomore, Forward - Wilmette, Ill.)
Olvany tallied the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Ephs to a 3-2 win over Bowdoin and into the semifinals of the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2000. Olvany also assisted on Williams’ second goal in the second period to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead. He now has three goals and seven assists for 10 points.

February 23 - Scott Barchard, Tufts (Freshman, Goaltender - Reading, Mass.)
Barchard backstopped the Jumbos to back-to-back wins over the weekend and guaranteed his team a spot in the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship for the first time since 2005. Barchard posted a .966 save percentage, as he made 53 saves in a 4-2 win at UMass Boston on Friday, then turned aside 59 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory at Babson on Saturday. The 59-save performance tied for second-most in a game in Tufts history. At 10-11-2 overall this season, Barchard holds a .926 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average.

February 16 - Tom Derosa, Tufts (Sophomore, Forward - Charlestown, Mass.)
Derosa had two goals and three assists for five points during the Jumbos’ 1-0-1 weekend that kept them in the race for the 2009 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. Friday evening against Salem St., Derosa tallied two goals in the third period - including the game-winner with one-tenth of a second remaining - as Tufts overcame a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3. He also had an assist in the victory for a three-point night. On Saturday, Derosa contributed two assists in a 5-5 tie with Southern Maine. Derosa leads Tufts with 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points.

February 9 - Jeff Landers, Amherst (Senior, Defender - Hanover, Mass.)
Landers collected six points in two games for the second weekend in a row, scoring two goals and adding four assists as the Lord Jeffs continued to roll by extending their winning streak to six games. On Friday in a 4-2 win over Colby, Landers played a part in every Amherst score with two goals and two assists. He followed on Saturday during a 4-3 overtime victory over Bowdoin, assisting on the game’s first goal and the game-winner in overtime. Landers, who leads the Jeffs in points (28) and the conference in assists (21), has 24 points on five goals and 19 assists over his last 10 games, being held to less than two points in a contest only twice.

February 2 - Co-Players of the Week
Jeff Landers, Amherst (Senior, Defender - Hanover, Mass.)
Landers recorded six points on a goal and five assists during a 2-0-0 weekend for the Lord Jeffs, who moved into a two-way tie for first in the NESCAC standings. After earning two assists in a 3-1 win at Tufts on Friday, Landers scored a goal and had three assists during a 7-1 decision at Connecticut College on Saturday. Landers leads Amherst in scoring with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points.

Ryan Purdy, Williams (Freshman, Goaltender - La Jolla, Calif.)
Purdy backboned the Ephs to a 2-0-0 week with a pair of victories in net, posting a .954 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average. Purdy stopped 26 out of 28 shots faced on Friday in a 3-2 win over Trinity, then turned aside all 28 shots on Saturday for a 6-0 shutout of Wesleyan. On the season, Purdy boasts a 6-0-0 record with a 1.53 goals against average and a .954 save percentage.

January 26 - Brett Moore, Connecticut College (Junior, Forward - Medfield, Mass.)
Moore had three goals and two assists during a 2-0-1 week for the Camels against NESCAC foes. On Tuesday evening against Tufts, Moore factored into all of his team’s scores in a 3-1 victory, potting the game-winner along with two assists. Friday night against Bowdoin, Moore scored what proved to be the decisive goal in a 3-1 win. He closed the week against Colby by scoring the game-tying goal with 36.2 seconds remaining in regulation during an eventual 1-1 tie. Moore leads Connecticut College in scoring with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points.

January 19 - Jamie McKenna, Middlebury (Senior, Forward - Lake Placid, N.Y.)
McKenna had six points on three goals and three assists during a 2-0-0 weekend for the Panthers at Bowdoin and Colby. Friday evening against the Polar Bears, McKenna collected three assists as Middlebury earned a 5-2 victory. On Saturday against the Mules, McKenna had a hat trick with a three-goal third period en route to a 6-3 Panther win. McKenna, who currently leads the NESCAC in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points through 11 games, now has 102 career points.

January 12 - Keith Nelson, Amherst (Junior, Forward - Manalapan, N.J.)
Nelson collected two goals and five assists for seven points during a 2-0-0 weekend for the Lord Jeffs. Nelson tallied a goal and three assists in Friday’s 7-1 win at UMass Boston, then posted a goal and two assists during Saturday’s 6-3 win at Babson. He now has a team-high 11 points this season, as Amherst improved to 4-1-1 in NESCAC/ECAC East play.

January 5 - Michael DeMayo, Trinity (Freshman, Defenseman - Seaford, N.Y.)
DeMayo was named MVP of the Assumption Holiday Tournament after scoring three goals over two games and leading the Bantams to the tournament title. DeMayo had two goals in a 6-3 victory over Becker on Monday, then netted a goal in an 8-1 win against Assumption on Tuesday. DeMayo is second for Trinity in scoring with eight points with a team-high six goals and two assists.

December 8 - Chris Lorenc, Hamilton (Junior, Forward - Clifton, N.J.)
Lorenc tallied three goals and added three assists during a 2-0-0 weekend for the Continentals. On Friday against Norwich, Lorenc scored two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory, as his shorthanded goal in the second period proved to be the game-winner. Saturday afternoon against St. Michaels, Lorenc collected a goal and two assists, helping out on the game-winner in a 6-3 win. Lorenc has at least one point in all four of Hamilton’s games this season.

December 1 - Greg Parker, Connecticut College (Junior, Goaltender - Trenton, Ontario)
Parker posted a .929 save percentage in backstopping the Camels to a 3-0-0 week, including the title in the Douglas W. Roberts Tournament over the weekend. Parker opened the week with 36 stops in a 6-5 overtime win over Wentworth on Tuesday. He followed with 31 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory against Amherst on Saturday, halting the Lord Jeffs’ streak over the Camels at eight games. Parker closed the week with 38 saves against Trinity in a 6-3 decision, earning Tournament MVP honors.

November 24 - Co-Players of the Week
Cody McKinney, Colby (Sophomore, Goaltender - Weston, Fla.)
McKinney had a .944 save percentage over two wins for the Mules, making 67 saves on 71 shots faced. On Friday in a 3-2 win over UMass Boston, McKinney made 33 saves. He followed with 34 stops in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Babson.

Marc Pulde, Williams (Junior, Goaltender - Lexington, Mass.)
Pulde posted a .934 save percentage, stopping 57 of the 61 shots he faced, in a 2-0-0 opening weekend for the Ephs. During Saturday’s 3-2 win over Connecticut College, Pulde turned aside 35 shots.