Jan. 23, 2009

Courtesy of St. Scholastica

ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Scholastica senior AJ Tucker (Fort Frances, Ont.) was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Player of the Week; it was announced today by NCHA Director of Information Brian Monahan.

Tucker registered seven points last week, culminating in a five-point performance in CSS’s 7-2 victory over second-ranked Wisconsin-Superior in front of packed house at Mars Lakeview Arena on Saturday night.

Earlier in the week, Tucker had a goal and an assist in the team’s 6-1 win at Northland College. Then in the showdown with UW-Superior, Tucker scored four goals and assisted on another to lead St. Scholastica to the Border Battle win.

This is the second time this season Tucker has been named NCHA Player of the Week. He earned the honor on December 3rd after a four-point weekend at the St. Norbert Thanksgiving Tournament. Tucker has 45 career goals and 63 assists for 108 points. He needs just four more points to crack the top 15 career scoring leaders in program history.

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DULUTH, Minn. – In front of a sellout crowd at Mars Lakeview Arena, the fourth-ranked St. Scholastica hockey team felled their border rivals from Wisconin-Superior by a final score of 7-2 behind outstanding goaltending and one player’s four-goal night for their tenth straight victory.

With St. Scholastica’s dominant win over No. 2 Wis.-Superior and top-ranked Plattsburg State falling earlier in the week, the Saints may find themselves ranked No. 1 in the country in this week’s poll.

AJ Tucker (Sr.-Fort Frances, Ont.) was the star of the game for the Saints, scoring four goals including an acrobatic shot while falling to the ice in the second period. His fourth goal may have proven to be the backbreaker for the Yellowjackets, as it put the Saints up 6-2 with under ten minutes remaining.

Nine additional Saints had points on the evening, including a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) from Joey Martini (Sr.-Calgary, Alta.). Carter Davis (Fr.-Moose Jaw, Sask.) and Jeremy Dawes (Fr.-Winnipeg, Man.) each earned three points on the night.

Not to be forgotten, goaltender Steve Bounds (Sr.-Airdrie, Alta.) stopped 36 of 38 shots en route to the victory, his twelfth of the season. The Saints finished with 30 shots on net against Superior goalie Chad Beiswenger.

Nearly one hour and 15 minutes worth of penalties were handed out in the game, but the two strong penalty-killing teams held each other to just three power play goals on 11 opportunities.

Looking forward, St. Scholastica hosts seventh-ranked University of Wis.-Stout next Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.