Tallieu nabs NCHA Player of the Week honor

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Brian Tallieu was named the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University's Brian Tallieu was chosen as the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week following a stellar weekend.

Tallieu (Davison, Mich.), a first-year goaltender, posted his first two collegiate wins as the Vikings swept a road series at the College of St. Scholastica. Tallieu posted a 1.50 goals against average and .961 save percentage in the two contests.

In last Friday's opener, Tallieu stopped 36 shots, including 17 in the second period alone, as Lawrence defeated the Saints 3-2. Tallieu held off St. Scholastica as the Saints pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker for the final 2:03 of the game.

In Saturday's series finale, Tallieu made 38 saves and held the Saints scoreless for the final 51:55 of the game. The Vikings led 2-1 when St. Scholastica pulled its goaltender with 2:38 remaining. Lawrence was then whistled for a penalty with 1:19 left so the Saints had a two-man advantage. Tallieu made several saves in that stretch, and the Vikings picked up an empty-net goal with 19 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

On the season, Tallieu improved his record to 2-3-0 and has a 2.87 GAA and .921 save percentage.

This is the first weekly conference award for Tallieu and the first for the Vikings since forward Lane King was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Week in January 2018. It's the first Defensive Player of the Week for the team since goaltender Mattias Soderqvist was picked in December 2016.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when the Vikings travel to No. 3 UW-Eau Claire for a nonconference contest.