Routh Earns Second NE10 Rookie of the Week Nod, Lindberg and McAuliffe Recognized

Routh Earns Second NE10 Rookie of the Week Nod, Lindberg and McAuliffe Recognized

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey first-year Jeremy Routh (Hamden, Conn./New Hampshire Junior Monarchs) earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Jan. 19. Routh claimed his second NE10 Rookie of the Week nod in the last three weeks.

Junior Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) and first-year Alec Lindberg (Bedford, N.H./Hampton Roads Whalers) earned spots on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll.

Routh totaled a goal and four assists while going plus-5 and 8-for-10 on faceoffs with one block in a 1-0-1 weekend with Franklin Pierce University. During a 6-5 overtime win on Friday, Routh notched one goal and two assists, scoring at 11:48 of the third period to bring Saint Michael's within a goal before assisting the tying tally 5:10 later. He went plus-3 and won all three draws he took. In a 2-2 tie on Saturday, Routh assisted both goals, with one shorthanded, while going plus-2 and 5-for-7 on faceoffs.

Routh is first in the NE10 in assists (15) and first-year points (19) while standing third overall in points. At the Division II/III level, he is ninth in points per game for first-years (1.12) and tied for 15th overall in assists. Routh already has the most helpers by a Purple Knight since Sam D'Antuono '19 posted 16 in 2016-17, and has matched the most by a first-year since Erik Caron '08 registered 19 in 2004-05.

McAuliffe collected two goals - both go-ahead markers, including an overtime winner - and one assist while blocking two shots in a 1-0-1 weekend with Franklin Pierce. McAuliffe had all of his points in a 6-5 overtime win on Friday, with his power-play assist helping tie the game in the first period before he put the Purple Knights up 3-2 at 4:16 of the second period, just 19 seconds after the Ravens had tied the game. McAuliffe scored on a power play 3:22 into overtime to cap his team's rally from down two goals. In a 2-2 tie on Saturday, he added his second blocked shot of the series.

After netting seven goals over 41 games as an underclassman, McAuliffe has a career-high eight in 16 games as a junior, pacing the squad in tallies while tying for first at plus-8. McAuliffe is tied for fourth in the NE10 in goals and tied for third in game-winning goals (2).

Lindberg made 27 saves in a 2-2 tie with Franklin Pierce on Saturday, with both goals coming on power plays, including the Ravens netting their final tying goal during a 6-on-3 situation. Lindberg has a .934 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average on the season, going 3-1-1 in five starts in goal.

At 9-6-2 overall and 5-3-1 in the league, the Purple Knights are alone in second place in the NE10, just two points behind leader Saint Anselm College. They return to action on Tuesday at Stonehill College at 7 p.m.