(HALIFAX, N.S.) - Saint Mary's Huskies women's hockey forward Nicole Blanche and StFX X-Men hockey goalie Chase Marchand have been named the Subway AUS Athletes of the Week for their respective performances for this past week.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Name: Nicole Blanche
University: Saint Mary’s University
Sport: Women’s Hockey
Hometown: Dunville, N.L.
Year of eligibility: Fourth
Academic program: Bachelor of commerce
Nicole Blanche of the Saint Mary’s Huskies women’s hockey team is the Subway Atlantic University Sport female athlete of the week for the week ending March 12, 2017.
A fourth-year commerce student from Dunville, N.L., Blanche was an integral part of the Huskies win in the Subway AUS Women’s Hockey Championship best-of-three final series versus the StFX X-Women.
Saint Mary’s earned a 3-2 victory in triple overtime in Game 3 of the series on Tuesday in Halifax. Blanche notched the equalizer in the third period to send the game into overtime.
She had two goals and two assists in the three-game final series.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Name: Chase Marchand
University: St. Francis Xavier University
Sport: Men’s Hockey
Hometown: Halifax, N.S.
Year of eligibility: First
Academic program: BA
Chase Marchand of the StFX X-Men hockey team is the Subway Atlantic University Sport male athlete of the week for the week ending March 12, 2017.
A first-year arts student from Halifax, N.S., Marchand was named the MVP of the Subway AUS Men’s Hockey Championship this past week.
The defending AUS champion X-Men swept the defending national champion UNB Varsity Reds in two games in the best-of-three final playoff series to claim their second consecutive conference title.
Marchand posted 49 saves and was named the Subway Player of the Game in StFX’s 2-1 win over UNB in Fredericton on Monday. He had another 31 saves as the X-Men downed the Varsity Reds 5-4 in Game 2 Wednesday night in Antigonish, N.S.
Marchand led the conference with a .925 save percentage in the postseason. StFX was undefeated in the AUS playoffs, winning seven straight games to advance to the Cavendish Farms Coupe U Cup being hosted by UNB March 16-19 in Fredericton, N.B.