Burlington, Ont. – Mikkel Aagaard has been named IG Wealth Management Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Athlete of the Week, powered by Planters, for the period ending March 3, 2019.
Male Athlete of the Week – Mikkel Aagaard (Frederikshavn, Denmark) – 3rd Year – Guelph Gryphons
Aagaard is a relative newcomer to Guelph, but he has already had a massive impact on the Gryphons men’s hockey team in a short time; a tenure that includes a playoff performance for the ages in the team’s three-game battle with the Western Mustangs in the quest for the Queen’s Cup division finals.
The native of Fredrikshavn, Denmark joined the Gryphons in the second half of the season with a pedigree that includes being a member of the Danish national junior team, while also playing with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League. The experienced forward has felt right at home on the OUA scene, meanwhile, with the latest example coming when his team needed it most.
The talented forward had a week he will always remember, scoring five goals and adding an assist as the Gryphons advanced to the Queen’s Cup with a dramatic Game 3 win. Aagaard picked up his first points of the series with a power-play goal and an assist in the Mustangs’ 4-3 comeback. He was also among the catalysts offensively as Guelph evened the series with a dominant 6-1 performance on home ice, scoring the all-important opening goal before adding his team’s fifth of the night later on. But Aagaard had his best performance in the series finale; a double-overtime thriller that will go down as one of the best OUA playoff hockey games in recent memory.
He scored what looked to be the winner early in the third period when he got to the middle of the ice and put one past Western goaltender Luke Peresinni for a 3-2 lead. But the Mustangs would notch a dramatic equalizer with 1:40 left in regulation to send the game to overtime. With 5:16 remaining in the second extra period, Aagaard struck again, pouncing on a loose puck in the slot and wiring it past Peresinni for the goal that would send the Gryphons back to championship game. Aagaard now leads all OUA players with eight goals and 16 points in the postseason.