COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey first-year Alec Lindberg (Bedford, N.H./Hampton Roads Whalers) earned Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Week and classmate Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express) was NE10 Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Dec 8.
Senior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) and juniors Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) and Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) all earned spots on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll.
Lindberg recorded a 40-save shutout of Castleton University, which had upset second-ranked Norwich University, 2-1, on Friday, during a 7-0 victory on Saturday. With Saint Michael's up only 1-0 heading into the second period, he registered 20 stops in the frame while the Purple Knights added three goals to pull away. Lindberg is 2-1 with a .969 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average while averaging 41.3 saves in three starts. The Castleton contest was his first shutout, as Lindberg has made at least 40 saves in all three of his outings.
Schreiner totaled two goals, one assist, a plus-3 rating and a 20-for-33 faceoff showing during a 2-0 weekend. During a 5-2 win on Friday against defending NE10 champion Southern New Hampshire University, which was perfect in the league and sat in first place, Schreiner was 10-for-17 on faceoffs before notching all three of his points against Castleton. Schreiner netted the winner 7:04 into the game and played a hand in three of first four goals. He finished 10-for-16 at the dot while going plus-3. Schreiner is tied for 12th in the NE10 in goals (4), as well as tied for third in first-year goals (4) and tied for seventh in first-year points (6).
Decker stopped 27 shots while yielding only two power-play tallies in the victory over Southern New Hampshire. Decker had 17 saves in the middle period to help the Purple Knights rally from a goal down. Decker is 4-1 while standing first in the NE10 in save percentage (.928) and third in GAA (2.28). He moved into a tie with Nick Dion '99 for ninth in program history in career wins (19) by downing the Penmen.
Flack posted four assists and went plus-4 while winning 18 faceoffs on the weekend. Versus Southern New Hampshire, Flack handed out two assists, was plus-2 and finished 14-for-29 on draws. Flack again had two assists and was plus-2 against Castleton. Flack already has a career high in assists (5) while standing plus-6 on the season. He is tied for 15th in the NE10 in assists, while all seven of Flack's points came in his last five games.
McAuliffe turned in three goals and an assist with a plus-4 rating while blocking two shots in a 2-0 weekend. Against Southern New Hampshire, McAuliffe lent an assist on the tying goal at 7:32 of the second period before netting the game-winner 3:52 into the third period. McAuliffe scored twice with two blocks versus Castleton. He made it 2-0 at 5:47 of the second frame before tacking on the seventh goal for insurance to cap a run of three Purple Knight tallies in 5:23. McAuliffe has already had his best offensive season in two years thanks to four goals and two points, and his plus-8 leads the team. McAuliffe is tied for 12th in the NE10 in goals.
At 6-3-1 overall and 3-2 in the league, the Purple Knights break until Jan. 3, when they face Middlebury College in the first round of the Middlebury Holiday Classic.