Feb. 8, 1998
Notre Dame's Dhadphale Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale (Marquette, Mich.) has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association offensive player of the week, as announced today by the CCHA office.
Dhadphale is coming off a five-point weekend that included three goals and two assists. He scored the first goal of the game in Friday's 1-1 home tie with Bowling Green before scoring twice, once on the power play, and adding two assists for a career-best four points in Saturday's 7-1 home win over Ferris State.
Three Notre Dame players have been honored by the CCHA this season. Senior goaltender Matt Eisler was the CCHA defensive player of the week (Oct. 19), after totaling 63 saves and allowing just four goals in the sweep at St. Cloud State (4-3, 4-1). Senior center Steve Noble was named the CCHA offensive player of the week (Dec. 29) after scoring the first goal and assisting on three others in a 5-1 win over Brown at the University of Minnesota Mariucci Classic.
Dhadphale is Notre Dame's second-leading scorer with 27 points and leads the team in goals (20) ,power-play goals (9) and shooting percentage (20.6%). His 20 goals rank fourth in the CCHA, behind Michigan senior Bill Muckalt (26), Michigan State senior Sean Berens (23) and MSU junior Mike York (21). Muckalt leads the CCHA with 11 power-play goals, followed by Dhadphale, York and Berens with nine each. Dhadphale has scored the first goal of six games this season, tied with Michigan's Bobby Hayes and Ohio State's Eric Meloche for second in the CCHA behind York's seven.
After enduring a sophomore slump that saw him score just five goals on 109 shots (4.6%), Dhadphale has racked up four times the number of goals he scored last season. He is averaging one goal per every 4.9 shots this season, compared to one goal per every 21.8 shots in 1996-97.
Dhadphale's 20 goals represent the second-highest season total by a Notre Dame player in the last six seasons, trailing only Tim Harberts' 21 scores in 1994-95. Lou Zadra lit the lamp 24 times in both 1990-91 and '91-'92. Dhadphale's nine power-play goals equal the third-most by an Irish player in the 1990s, trailing only Harberts (13, 1994-95) and Zadra (11, 1991-92).
Should Dhadphale score another power-play goal this season, he would move into a tie with current Irish coach Dave Poulin for ninth on the Irish single season PPG list. Poulin scored 10 man-up goals in both his freshman (1978-79) and senior (1981-82) seasons. Dhadphale has a chance at becoming just the fourth Irish player ever to total 14-plus power-play goals in a season, with the others being 1970s stars Greg Meredith (23, 1979-80), Brian Walsh (18, 1976-77) and Eddie Bumbacco (16, 1972-73).