The Omaha Maverick Hockey team snared three players in the KJ Branding National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week — Nov. 21-27, 2022.
Matt Miller’s offensive heroics propelled the junior to NCHC Forward of the Week honors. Miller’s two-goal performance in the Nov. 25 tilt at Denver spurred the Mavs to a 3-0 shutout win over the top-ranked Pioneers. Miller also tallied a goal and two assists in a 6-3 loss to DU on Nov. 26. Miller has 11 points in 11 games this season.
Defenseman Jonny Tychonick had four assists on the weekend and was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week. The grad student had an assist on each of UNO’s goals in the team’s 3-0 win on Nov. 25. He also had an assist on Miller’s third period goal during the Nov. 26 game.
In addition to Tychonick’s offensive prowess during the DU series, his play in the defensive zone on special teams was key for Omaha during the DU series.
For the second time this season, senior goaltender Jake Kucharski netted NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors.
Kucharski pitched a 3-0 shutout for the Mavs on Nov. 25. It was Kucharski’s first shutout of the season (his fourth career shutout at the collegiate level) and his first shutout for UNO.
The Erie, Pa. native has a 2.38 GAA this season and a .920 save percentage.
If Kucharski sees continued success in net (and if the defense achieves consistency), he is on pace to have the best Maverick netminder GAA since Ryan Massa in the 2014-15 season.
In total, Kucharski faced 56 shots in the series at DU and made 51 saves on the weekend.
>> Miller, Tychonick, and Kucharski are also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
Read the full NCHC release:
KJ Branding NCHC Players of the Week: Nov. 21-27, 2022