Men’s Hockey: Ouderkirk nabs second NEHC Player of the Week award

Brett Ouderkirk men's hockey NEHC Player of the Week

NEHC WEEK 12 REPORT

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Freshman forward Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario) of the Norwich University men's ice hockey team earned his second New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Player of the Week award of Monday afternoon. 

Ouderkirk had a sensational week, scoring five goals and notching two assists for seven points to lead Norwich to three victories and help the Cadets extend their unbeaten streak to 12 straight games. 

Ouderkirk scored in all three games, including the game-winning goal vs. Plattsburgh in a 3-0 win on Tuesday. He also tallied an assist on the Cadets' second goal vs. the Cardinals late in the game. 

Ouderkirk scored twice and had an assist for three points vs. Suffolk. He then scored the game-tying goal and an insurance tally in a come-from-behind 5-1 win over Johnson & Wales. 

Ouderkirk leads the team with 12 goals and sits second in total points behind last week's NEHC Player of the Week Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) with 21 points. 

Ouderkirk was also named the NEHC Player of the Week on Nov. 26 after leading the Cadets to their 10th PrimeLink ShootOut title and being named the tournament MVP. 

Norwich (16-4-3, 11-4-1 NEHC) moved up one spot to No. 7 in the d3hockey.com national rankings. The Cadets also climbed up to No. 8 in the USCHO.com national poll, a two-spot jump from No. 10 last week. 

The Cadets return home to Kreitzberg Arena on Friday and Saturday for their final two games of the regular season. Norwich hosts No. 15-ranked New England College on Friday at 7 p.m. in one of the biggest matchups of the season. 

NEC is on a 16-game unbeaten streak coming into Friday's showdown at Kreitzberg Arena, while Norwich is unbeaten in 12 straight games. The Pilgrims handed Norwich its last loss on Dec. 8, while NEC hasn't lost since a 3-1 defeat to Hobart on Nov. 17. 

NEC is tied for second for the second longest unbeaten streak in the country with Geneseo, while Norwich is tied with St. Thomas for the fourth longest. 

Norwich will also host Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. on its annual Senior Day where it will honor this year's two seniors Cam Beecy (Stowe, Vt.) and David Robertson (Boissevain, Manitoba).