DU duo of Terry, Avalanche prospect Butcher takes home weekly NCHC awards
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Collecting NCHC Player of the Week honors for Week 18 (games of Feb. 17-18) are University of Denver sophomore forward Troy Terry as Offensive Player of the Week and DU senior blueliner Will Butcher as Defenseman of the Week.
Terry earned his second Offensive Player of the Week nod this season and of his career, while Butcher’s honor is the 11th Defenseman of the Week award of his career and sixth this season.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Troy Terry, Denver
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Terry, a product of the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds, tallied his first points since returning from injury, potting three goals in a pair of 5-2 wins to lead Denver to a sweep at Miami.
On Friday, he scored Denver’s second goal of the game on the power play early in the second period, while putting four shots on net. The next night, the Anaheim Ducks prospect notched his third multi-goal game this season. Terry scored DU’s first goal of the night, again on the power play, to tie the game in the first period, while burying the game-winner in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. He was named First Star of the Game while posting a plus-1 rating.
Terry ended the weekend with two power play goals, seven shots on goal and a plus-1 rating.
He now has 25 points on the season, including 14 goals, which is second on the team.
DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
Will Butcher, Denver
Sun Prairie, Wis.
Butcher was a force at both ends of the ice in Denver’s sweep at Miami last weekend.
He led the NCHC with four points on the weekend, while anchoring a penalty kill unit that went 8-for-9 in the series.
The team captain tied a career high with three points on Friday, setting up DU’s second goal on the power play, while scoring the game-winner with six minutes to play to break a 2-2 tie and assisting on an insurance goal minutes later. He also put four shots on net, blocked three shots and posted a plus-2 rating to earn First Star of the Game. In a second straight 5-2 win Saturday, Butcher set up DU’s first goal, again on the power play, to tie the game in the first period.
The Colorado Avalanche prospect finished the weekend with a goal, three assists, a plus-3 rating, four shots on goal and three blocked shots.
On the season, Butcher leads all NCHC defensemen with 30 points, including a conference-best 24 assists.