Miami forwards Reilly Smith and Austin Czarnik were named the CCHA Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Smith, a junior from Mimico, Ontario had a big weekend in Denver as he tallied three times in two games against Providence and Denver and was named the MVP of the 20th annual Denver Cup Classic as Miami claimed its second Denver Cup title in school history. This was Smith’s second weekly offensive honor this season. He leads Miami with 11 goals.
Czarnik, a freshman from Washington, Mich. had 1-3-4 on the weekend and was named to the all-tournament team with Smith and Miami teammates Cameron Schilling and Cody Reichard. For Czarnik, it was his second rookie honor this season.
As an aside, I guess it pays to play for the former commissioner of the CCHA because despite allowing seven goals in a win and tie against Minnesota, Michigan State senior goaltender Drew Palmisano was named the league’s goaltender of the week while all Alaska’s Scott Greenham did was shut out the Bowling Green Falcons…for the weekend. Greenham made 39 saves in total, but I find it difficult to believe that a double-shutout wouldn’t garner goaltender of the week honors regardless of how many shots you see.