Sabre goalies sweep NCHA Defensive Player of the Week awards

January 17, 2017

MarianPOW University men’s hockey senior goalie Mike Baldwin and Marian University women’s hockey sophomore goalie Lindsey Strainis have swept the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week awards announced the league office Tuesday.

Baldwin is once again the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week, earning the honor for the second time during his senior campaign. There may not be a hotter goalie in the country at the present time, as Baldwin improved to 8-0-1 in his last nine starts for MU with another pair of victories on the weekend, this time over Concordia University Wisconsin. Baldwin only allowed one goal in each game totaling 53 saves, 30 saves in game one and 23 in the second game, with a .964 save percentage.

Strainis is the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks and a league-best fourth time this season. The sophomore netminder posted her third shutout of the campaign, making 26 saves to defeat Finlandia 6-0 in the series opener as the Sabres went over the .500 mark at 8-7-1 after completing the weekend sweep, setting a school record for victories in a season in the process.

The full men’s weekly release from the NCHA can be found at, while the full women’s release can be found at

Marian women’s hockey has the weekend off, while the men’s hockey team opens a home-and-home series at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 against Lake Forest at Blue Line Family Ice Center.

Marian University was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wis. The institution has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the state, and strives to live its core values as a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice and joined together by spiritual traditions. Marian offers undergraduate, adult, master’s and doctoral degree programs at its main campus and in facilities throughout Wisconsin.