2 UND players honored by NCHC
Pat Sweeney | Dec 9, 2019 AT 4:54 pm
Two more University of North Dakota hockey players earned weekly National Collegiate Hockey Conference honors Monday, including a rubber-stamp veteran this season and a first-timer. Sophomore goalie Adam Scheel picked up his fourth NCHC Goalie of the Week accolade and his second in as many weeks while freshman forward Judd Caulfield was the league's rookie of the week.
Scheel continues to strengthen his 2019-20 resume after two more wins to give him a personal 13-game unbeaten streak. He pitched a 41-save shutout at 17th-ranked Western Michigan Friday then returned Saturday to stop 27 more shots in an 8-2 blowout for his NCAA-leading 14th victory of the season. Friday's win was his second shutout of the season and the 10th time he's held an opponent to a single goal or less. He leads the conference with a 14-1-2 record, a 1.56 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Caulfield scored his first career goal just 93 seconds into Saturday's win and then later potted another one in that same opening period on his way to a career-best three-point night. His line accounted for nine points and five goals in the win. Since starting the season with just one point in the team's first 10 games, he's recorded six points in the last seven games as North Dakota has won seven straight and is unbeaten in the last 13 (12-0-1).
North Dakota, whose +44 goal differential is its best pre-Christmas since 1986-87, breaks for the semester and will return to action on Dec. 28 from Plymouth, Mich., for an exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 Team.