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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After his five-point performance helped the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team post a historic win at then-No. 7 Boston College on Friday night, senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) has been named the Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Gustafsson becomes the fourth Warrior to earn a major weekly accolade this season alongside junior goaltender Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) – who has done so twice – and sophomore netminder Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.). The senior earns top weekly player honors for the first time in his career; his only prior major weekly award was when he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week in December of 2013.
Entering last Friday night's tilt as the team's leader in goal scoring, Gustafsson potted the program's first hat trick in over six years after lighting the lamp thrice against the Eagles. In addition to those three tallies, the Ljungby, Sweden, native dished two helpers to account for his career-best five-point performance. That single-game scoring output was the most by a Warrior this season, as well. And despite playing in just the one game, Gustafsson still finished last week ranked third nationally in total scoring and had one of five hat tricks nationwide.
Through 28 games, Gustafsson remains Merrimack's lead scorer with 14 tallies; he is six goals clear of the next-closest skater, and he ranks second in overall scoring with 24 points and plus/minus (+9).
Gustafsson and the rest of the Warriors begin a three-game week with a trip to UMass tomorrow night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.