2000-01 MIAC Men's Hockey Athletes of the Week

February 27, 2001
Bethel College first-year forward Mike Marshall (Duluth, Minn./East H.S.) had a hat trick in Bethel's 5-3 win over St. Thomas on Monday night as the Royals won their first ever playoff series by winning the "mini-game" 1-0 following the 5-3 win. Marshall scored three of Bethel's first four goals, including the game-winner in the third period as he was lying face down on the ice and knocked in a rebound goal. 

February 20, 2001
Saint John's University junior Mike Possin (St. Cloud, Minn./Cathedral) scored two goals and two game-winning assists in a weekend sweep of St. Olaf. In Friday's 4-2 come-from-behind win, Possin had an assist on the game-winning goal in the third period. In Saturday's 5-3 win, Possin scored eight seconds into the game and another goal to give SJU a 3-2 lead in the second period. Possin's broke a 3-3 tie with his game-winning assist late in the second period. On the season, Possin has nine goals and six assists in 12 games for the Johnnies since transferring from the University of North Dakota. The Johnnies are 8-1-1 in MIAC play since Possin's arrival. SJU is currently 13-10-2 overall and 10-4-2 in the MIAC heading into this weekend's MIAC playoff semifinal series at Concordia-Moorhead. 

February 13, 2001
University of St. Thomas sophomore goalkeeper Brad Moore (Lakeville, Minn/Lakeville HS) helped the Tommies win the MIAC championship with a hard-fought weekend sweep of Bethel. Moore stopped 27 of 28 shots in Friday's 3-1 road victory that wasn't settled until the Toms scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds to go. In Saturday's 6-5 win, he stopped 19 of 24 shots, although Bethel scored three power-play goals and a breakaway short-handed goal. In the Toms' current nine-game winning streak, all MIAC victories, Moore is 9-0 with a 2.31 GAA and a.900 save percentage. The sweep of Bethel also let the Toms reach the MIAC playoffs for the 16th time in the 16-year history of the format and clinched their 19th consecutive winning season. They are 14-8-3 overall and finished the conference regular season 11-3-2.

February 6, 2001
Augsburg College senior goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Grandin HS) had an incredible weekend in leading Augsburg College to a sweep of St. Mary's University, winning 7-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. In Friday's game, McIntosh made 39 saves to record the win, and in Saturday's game at Winona, McIntosh stopped 54 of 55 shots, making 51 saves before the Cardinals scored with 8:30 remaining in the game. McIntosh made 93 saves on 96 shots on the weekend (.969 save percentage). This season, McIntosh is 10-6-2 on the season with a .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average. On his four-year Auggie career, McIntosh has a 45-34-13 record, .910 save percentage and 3.17 GAA. Augsburg has won its last four games in a row (and five of its last six) to move back into contention for its fourth straight MIAC postseason playoff berth, standing at 10-9-2 overall and 7-4-1 in the MIAC.

January 30, 2001
University of St. Thomas junior left wing Tony Lawrence (Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) had six goals and an assist in the Toms' weekend sweep of St. Mary's. Lawrence had four goals and an assist on the road Friday, including two goals that helped the Toms take a 4-0 lead in an 8-4 victory. In Saturday's 5-2 win, Lawrence scored two third-period goals to ice the win. In 49 games with St. Thomas in two seasons, Lawrence has 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists). In the Toms' current five-game winning streak (all MIAC), Lawrence has 16 points (12 goals, four assists). In 11 MIAC games, he has 23 points (16 goals, seven assists). In 20 games this season, he has 35 points (22 goals, 13 assists). The Tommies have won five in a row to climb to 10-8-3 and are in third place, one point out of first place in the MIAC.

January 23, 2001
Bethel College junior forward Corey McKinnon (Forest Lake, MN/Forest Lake HS) led Bethel to a win and a tie in their series with St. Mary's over the weekend. In Friday's 6-5 win, McKinnon scored two of Bethel's first four goals as the Royals held on for the win. In Saturday's 4-4 tie, McKinnon again scored two goals, Bethel's 2nd and 4th of the game. McKinnon has 15 goals and 8 assists on the year for the second place Royals.

January 16, 2001
Gustavus goalkeeper Dan Melde (First-year, St. Paul, Minn./Johnson H.S.) helped the Gusties pick up three points against Augsburg over the weekend with a 3-1 win on Friday in Minneapolis and a 3-3 tie in St. Peter on Saturday. Melde, who was making only his fourth collegiate start and first in a MIAC contest, turned away 22 shots in the Gusties 3-1 win at Augsburg on Friday. The lone goal he allowed was a power play goal midway through the third period. On Saturday, Melde turned away 26 of 29 shots as the Gusties skated to a 3-3 overtime tie. Melde, who has started the last three games for the Gusties, has sparked the team to a record of 2-0-1. He has on overall mark of 2-1-1 on the season with a goals against average of 1.86 and a save percentage of .935. The Gusties are now 4-8-3 overall and 2-4-2 in the MIAC.

January 9, 2001
Saint Mary's University forward Ryan Stinson (Junior, Winona, Minn.) was named MIAC Men's Hockey Player of the Week after collecting five goals and an assist as the Cardinals split their nonconference games with UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point last weekend. Stinson scored twice and added an assist in SMU's 7-6, come-from-behind victory over UW-Eau Claire on Friday. SMU's scoring leader then added three goals in the Cardinals' 6-4 loss to UW-Stevens Point on Saturday. The six-point weekend pushed Stinson's team-leading point total to 19. He also leads the team with 13 goals in SMU's first 13 games.

December 12, 2000
Bethel College forward Cory McKinnon (Jr, Forest Lake, Minn, Forest Lake HS) had four points in Bethel's two games this past weekend. In Friday's 6-4 win over UW-Eau Claire, McKinnon had an assist as Bethel won their fourth game of the season. In Bethel's 7-5 loss to UW-Stevens Point on Saturday, McKinnon scored Bethel's first three goals. McKinnon has 12 points on the year for the 4-8 Royals.

December 5, 2000
Concordia College senior Mike Gast ( F, Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.) had three goals and one assist in the Cobbers weekend sweep of Bethel. In Friday's game, a 5-3 Cobber victory, Gast had a goal and assist and on Saturday he scored two of the three goals in the 3-2 victory. His first goal on Saturday was short handed and gave Concordia a 2-0 at a point in the game when the Royals were starting to take control of the play. His second goal was the game winner and helped seal the series sweep. With the two wins Concordia remains alone in first place and the only undefeated team in the MIAC. 

November 21, 2000
Hamline University forward Brice Parks (Sophmore, Eagle River, Alaska) led the Piper Men's Hockey team this past weekend as the they posted back-to-back victories over the Milwaukee School Of Engineering (9-2, 4-1). Parks knocked in a total of 6 goals (2 on power plays and 2 short handed). Parks also tallied one assist to accumulate a total of 7 points over the weekend.

November 14, 2000
John Konrad, Saint John's University forward (Sr., Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson HS) scored four goals in a weekend hockey series, as the Johnnies took three points from defending NCAA Division III runner-up St. Thomas. In a 4-2 win on Friday in St. Paul, Konrad scored three goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 Tommie lead. The game-winner was an unassisted goal at the 14:20 mark of the final period. In Saturday's 3-3 tie, Konrad scored at the 4:20 mark of the second period, which proved to be the game-tying goal. On the young season, Konrad has four goals and one assist in four games for the Johnnies.

November 7, 2000
Jaro Cesky, Augsburg College forward (So., Prague, Czech Republic) -- Cesky had an incredible first game and a solid weekend in leading Augsburg to a season-opening split with defending MIAC champion and Division III national runner-up St. Thomas over the weekend. In Augsburg's season-opening 7-3 win over the Tommies on Saturday night, Cesky had a hand in six of the seven goals with a six-point night (one goal and five assists), just one point off the school's single-game school record. His second-period shorthanded goal was the eventual game-winning tally. In the Auggies 4-1 loss to St. Thomas on Sunday afternoon, Cesky had an assist on Augsburg's only score, a first-period power-play goal. Cesky, Augsburg's leading scorer last season (14-19--33), is the leading returning goal-scorer in the MIAC.