Alex Jefferies, Merrimack College, NCAA (4th Round, 2020)
Alex Jefferies is leading the way for a surprise Merrimack College team currently ranked No.15 in the country at 8-3. After dropping their matchup with UMASS on October 28, the Warriors have won their last five, with Jefferies being the driving force.
Defeating the Maine Black Bears twice this week, Jefferies found the score sheet each time, helping create goals by getting the puck toward the net. On Friday, the first of the two-game series, Jefferies sent a shot towards the net from the boards, caroming off the goalie's pads and onto the stick of Matt Coponni. The goal would be the only one for either team in the Warriors' 1-0 victory. Jefferies's seven shots on goal would lead the team.
On Saturday, similar to Friday, Jefferies shot was stopped before reaching the target. The blocked shot was corralled by Copponi and fired into the open net with under two seconds remaining in the first - extending the Warriors' advantage to 3-1.
Jefferies has managed to find the score sheet in nine of the team's 11 games this season, scoring four times and adding nine helpers.
Eetu Liukas, HPK, Liiga (5th round, 2021)
As many European leagues are on a hiatus for the Karjala Cup, Eetu Liukas finds himself making his debut for the Finnish national team. Averaging just over 13 minutes per game, Liukas is the youngest player on the team, playing fourth-line minutes.
Liukas, who projects as a fourth liner, proved his worth with the national team managing to find the score sheet after a hard-working shift. His hard work was rewarded with an empty net goal in Finland's final game vs. Sweden.
The game against Sweden was Liukas' best of Finland's three games adding four shots on goal to go along with his empty netter.