After completing a weekend sweep of Lindenwood, two University of North Dakota standouts were honored by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
Junior defenseman Tyler Kleven was named the NCHC Defenseman of the week, while freshman forward Ben Strinden earned the NCHC Rookie of the Week. This was the first weekly honor for both players.
Kleven dominated all weekend scoring four total goals between the two games, including scoring the game-winning goal in both games. He scored two goals in each game, securing his first two multi-goal games of his collegiate career. He now has three multi-point games in a Fighting Hawks uniform.
The Ottawa Senators prospect now has seven career game-winning goals, tying him for second-most among defensemen in University of North Dakota history. Kleven now has five goals and 11 total points on the season. He finished the weekend with a +3 rating, while also helping lead UND finish 3-for-7 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Strinden tallied three total points against Linderwood. He picked up the primary assist on Friday’s game-tying goal. On Saturday he picked up his second career multi-point game, scoring his second goal of the season and assisting on the game-tying goal minutes later.
He posted a +3 rating on the weekend, while also totaling two goals and four assists in 12 games this season.
North Dakota will stay home this weekend for a Friday and Saturday night showdown against No. 12 Western Michigan.