Kunyk named CCHA’s Postgame Offensive Player of the Week

Jamie Foland

Junior center Cody Kunyk has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Postgame Offensive Player of the Week following his four-point weekend in Big Rapids, Mich., where the Alaska Nanooks split their league-opening series with the No. 18 Ferris State Bulldogs. Kunyk tallied a pair of assists in the Nanooks 6-3 loss on Friday night before adding a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 3-2 win. Friday he helped set up each of his linemates for their first goals of the season, as junior Colton Beck buried the puck on a power-play attempt at 14:03 of the first period to double Alaska’s lead at that point in the game. He garnered a second helper on senior Andy Taranto’s strike later that period, which made it 3-2 for Alaska at 19:34. On Saturday, his linemates returned the favor dishing the puck to him for his second tally of the season at 12:47 of the second period to tie the game 1-1. He set Beck up for his second goal of the weekend midway through the third stanza to give the Nanooks a 2-1 lead at 9:07. With his two-point efforts the third-year Nanook recorded his 14th and 15th career multi-point games in becoming the team leader for points on the young season with two goals and four assists in six games. The four-point weekend also moved his career totals to 29-39–68 in 80 games. Alaska host the Lake Superior State Lakers this weekend at the Carlson Center for their league home-opener. The teams meet at 7:05 p.m. both nights.