Suffolk University freshman goaltender Brandon Smolarek was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast Hockey Goalie of the Week on Jan. 15.
It is the second time this season Smolarek has taken home the conference's weekly honor. He helped the Rams to a 1-0-1 record last week as he pushed aside 59 of the 60 shots he faced in two games.
Meanwhile, freshman Mike Cherpak was named to the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll.
He had two key goals last week for the Rams, scoring the game-tying goal in Tuesday night's 4-4 draw with Franklin Pierce University, his seventh of the year. Cherpak also scored the eventual game-winner on Saturday and boasts 10 points in 14 games for the Rams (8 goals – 2 assists). His four power-play tallies lead the team.
Smolarek made 41 saves on Saturday afternoon in a 4-1 Rams victory over SUNY-Brockport. He came in for a relief effort on Tuesday in the 4-4 tie with Franklin Pierce. With the Rams trailing by four, Smolarek was called into the game and stopped all 18 shots he faced in two and a half periods of action to help lift the Rams to a 4-4 tie with the Ravens.
Smolarek has a 2-2-3 record with a 3.12 goals against average and a save percentage of 91.2 percent. His save percentage is the second best total among ECAC Northeast goaltenders, while he is ranked seventh in the league in goals against.