Courtesy of our friends from Nichols College — here is today’s press release pertaining toward Nichols College’s Frank Butler being named the ECAC Northeast Player of the Week:
DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College first-year Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) garnered Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Player of the Week accolades for his play the week ending Sunday, January 13, 2013. Classmates Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) were named to the league’s honor roll.
Butler led the lineup with three goals over the weekend. The rookie potted a pair of tallies to help the Bison defeat Brockport, 5-2, on Friday. He finished the week by providing Nichols a 1-0 lead over #3 Hobart in the 2-1 defeat on Sunday. The forward has notched at least one goal in four of the last five games and was the only Bison to record at least a point against each of the four ranked opponents this season.
“Frank has a hot hand right now,” commented head coach Kevin Swallow. “He’s playing his best hockey of the year and consistently getting better. It’s great to see him come out strong in the second half.”
Beasley notched a career-high three points against Brockport. In addition to the game-winning goal, the forward recorded a pair of helpers as he capped a four-game point streak with his fourth multi-point outing of the season.
“Tyler has arguably been our most consistent forwards this year,” remarked Swallow. “Three points against Brockport was huge. He led the way and got us going offensively. Night in and night out we can rely on him to put some points up.”
Larson, averaged 36 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bison. On Sunday, the rookie goaltender stopped 40 shots in the setback to #3 Hobart. He began the weekend with a 32 save outing against Brockport. In a pair of games against top-10 teams this season, the Bison backstop has averaged 41 saves – including a career-best 42 at then-#9/10 Utica in December.
“Alex had a great game on Friday night, got the win,” said Swallow. “On Sunday he had 40 saves against one of the best teams in the country. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but he played great and kept us in the game.
Nichols (10-6-0, 3-2-0 ECACNE) jumps back into ECAC Northeast play on Saturday when the squad travels to Pawtucket, R.I. to face Johnson & Wales at 7:45 p.m.