WCHA Press Release
Red Baron/WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Sr., LW, Colorado College
MADISON, Wis. – Colorado College left winger Brett Sterling, who notched his third hat trick of the season and recorded his 100th collegiate goal while helping the Tigers to a two-game conference sweep over visiting Alaska Anchorage last weekend, has been named Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26. Sterling also earned the honor on Oct. 31 and Nov. 18.
A 5-8, 182-pound senior from Pasadena, Calif., Sterling produced four points, factored in both game-winning goals, fired 12 shots on goal and earned a +2 plus-minus rating in the series. He scored three times last Friday night in CC’s 6-2 victory over UAA at the Colorado Springs World Arena, including his nation’s best (tie) sixth game-winning goal of the season, while his game-opening tally in the first period marked his 100th goal as a collegian. Sterling, who now ranks third all-time at CC in goal-scoring with 102, is just the fifth Tiger ever to reach 100 goals.
Then last Saturday evening, Sterling drew an assist on teammate Lee Sweatt’s third period game-winner, the 12th game-winner he has factored in on this season.
On the 2005-06 season, the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) draftee leads the nation in goal-scoring with 25 and Sterling is tied for second in scoring overall among WCHA players with 45 poinhts in 34 games.
CC, standing 21-12-1 overall and winners of four of their last five games, hits the road this weekend for a two-game WCHA set at Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 24-25.
Also nominated this week were: Chris Conner, F, MTU; Ryan Potulny, F, UM; Rob Rankin, F, MSU; Drew Stafford, F, UND; and Joe Pavelski, F, UW.
Red Baron/WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Jr., G, North Dakota
MADISON, Wis. – University of North Dakota goaltender Jordan Parise, who posted his seventh collegiate shutout and allowed just one power-play goal in two games while backstopping his club to a conference sweep over visiting Minnesota Duluth last weekend, has been named Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26. Parise also earned the honor on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24.
A 5-11, 190-pound junior from Faribault, Minn., Parise stopped all 28 shots on goal last Friday night, including 14 in the third period, and blanked UMD on all six power-play chances as North Dakota earned a 4-0 victory at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Parise then got the start in goal again last Saturday evening, this time stopping 22 of 23 shots on goal as the Sioux skated to a 5-1 victory. Parise blanked the Bulldogs in five of the six periods overall, surrending only a single power-play goal while holding them scoreless in 12 of their 13 man-advantage opportunities. On the season, he owns a 15-6-1 record, a 2.17 goals-against average, and a .932 saves percentage. Over his last six games, he is 6-2 with a 1.63 GAA and .946 sv%.
North Dakota, now 20-13-1 overall, next takes on league rival and host Denver this Friday and Saturday in another WCHA series.
Also nominated this week were: Chris Kawano, G, CC; Rob Nolan, G, MTU; Kellen Briggs, G, UM; Steve Wagner, D, MSU; and Tom Gilbert, D, UW.
Red Baron/WCHA co-Rookies of the Week
Fr., C, Minnesota
Fr., G, Minnesota State
MADISON, Wis. – University of Minnesota center Phil Kessel and Minnesota State University goaltender Mike Zacharias, who both enjoyed productive weekends while helping their respective teams to conference sweeps, have been named Red Baron WCHA co-Rookies of the Week for Feb. 20-26.
Kessel, a 6-0, 190-pound freshman from Madison, Wisc., set up four goals – including both game-winners – as the No. 1-ranked and Golden Gophers (21-6-5) recorded a 3-2, 5-1 sweep over two-time defending national champion Denver at Mariucci Arena. He set up teammate Ryan Potulny’s third period game-winner last Friday and then assisted on teammate Ben Gordon’s winner last Saturday, one of his three assists in that game. On the season, Kessel is the nation’s leading rookie scorer with 13-25-38 and he has a point in 22 of his 30 games. He was also the league’s rookie of the week on Nov. 14 and Nov. 28.
Zacharias, a 5-10, 175-pound freshman from Plymouth, Minn., collected his second collegiate victory last Friday night when he backstopped Minnesota State to a 2-1 overtime victory over league-rival St. Cloud State at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center. MSU also won 3-2 in overtime over SCSU last Saturday.
Zacharias stopped 33 of 34 shots on goal in the win, including 16 in the opening period, and held SCSU scoreless on all six power-play chances. His first collegiate win came in a 39-save, 6-3 decision on Nov. 22 at Nebraska-Omaha.
The Mavericks (14-16-4), who host Wisconsin this weekend, are now 9-5-0 over their last 14 games.
Also nominated this week were: Chad Rau, F, CC; Michael-Lee Teslak, G, MTU; Ryan Duncan, F, UND; and Shane Connelly, G, UW.