Red Baron® Pizza/WCHA Players of the Week announced for March 6-12

By pbadmin

WCHA Press Release

Red Baron/WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Paul Stastny

So., C, Denver

MADISON, Wis. – University of Denver center Paul Stastny, who captured the 2005-06 WCHA scoring championship with a three-goal, one assist performance in a win and tie against arch-rival Colorado College last weekend, has been named Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for March 6-12, 2006. Stastny also earned the weekly honor on Feb 13.

A 6-0, 210-pound sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., Stastny’s 44 points in 28 league games, with 15 goals and 29 assists, enabled him to become Denver’s first conference scoring champion since Dave Shields in 1989-90.

Last Thursday (March 3) evening at the Colorado Springs World Arena, Stastny led the way for the visiting Pioneers with a pair of goals, including the game-opening tally in the first period and the game-winner at 3:33 of overtime, as Denver rallied from a one-goal third period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.

Stastny then came back last Friday (March 4) in the rematch against the Tigers to score a game-tying goal in the third period and also draw an assist as host Denver gained a 3-3 overtime tie against CC and three points in the series.

In addition to his four-point series, Stastny also added 10 shots on goal, added four hits, and finished the two games with a +3 plus-minus rating. Overall this season, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) draftee ranks second among his teammates in scoring with 16-33-49 in 36 games.

Denver, now 20-13-3 overall on the season, next plays host to Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) at Magness Arena.

Also nominated were: Ryan Potulny, F, UM; Drew Stafford, F, UND; and Joe Pavelski, F, UW.

Red Baron/WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

Brian Elliott

Jr., G, Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott, who secured the 2005-06 WCHA goaltending title with an outsanding performance in a home-ice sweep over conference rival St. Cloud State last weekend, has been named Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for March 6-12, 2006. He also earned the weekly honor on Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

A 6-3, 187-pound junior from Newmarket, Ont., Elliott earned a UW record-tying fourth shutout of the season with a 27-save, 1-0 victory, over visiting SCSU at the Kohl Center last Friday (March 3) night, also blanking the Huskies on all seven of their power-play chances.

He then came back on Saturday (March 4) evening to post a career-high 37 saves – including 15 in the first period – in a 3-1 league victory over St. Cloud State that enabled him to become the first 20-game winner among Div. 1 netminders. The only goal he allowed in the series against the 19th-ranked Huskies was a power-play tally.

A NHL draftee of the Ottawa Senators, Elliott stopped 64 of 65 shots on goal in the series for a .985 saves percentage and posted five shutout periods. He finished the WCHA season with a league-best 1.84 goals-against average, a league-best .930 saves percentage, and he shared the best record in the league at 15-3-3. His 1.84 goals-against average stands as the sixth best in the 54-year history of the WCHA. Overall this season, Elliott is 20-4-3, with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .931 saves percentage. He ranks second nationally in GAA, third in saves percentage, and first in winning percentage.

Also nominated were: Peter Mannino, G, Denver; Jeff Frazee, G, UM; and Jordan Parise, G, UND.

Red Baron/WCHA co-Rookies of the Week

Ryan Stoa
Fr., LW, Minnesota

Jonathan Toews

Fr., C, North Dakota

MADISON, Wis. – A pair of first-year forwards who both produced four scoring points to help their respective teams to weekend sweeps – University of Minnesota’s Ryan Stoa and University of North Dakota’s Jonathan Toews, have been named Red Baron WCHA co-Rookies of the Week for March 6-12, 2006.

A 6-3, 213-pound freshman from Bloomington, Minn., Stoa scored two goals and set up two others for four points as the top-ranked Golden Gophers won a pair of league games over Minnesota Duluth, 7-0 and 2-0. Last Friday (March 3) at Mariucci Arena, Stoa recorded his second three-point game of the season with two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist. He then drew an assist on teammate Ryan Potulny’s game-winning goal last Saturday (March 4) evening as Minnesota completed the sweep.

On the 2005-06 season, Stoa is tied for seventh in scoring among WCHA rookies overall with 7-14-21 in 36 games. He is a NHL draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche.

Toews, a 6-2, 195-pound freshman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored one goal and set up three others last weekend to help host North Dakota to a 4-0, 6-0 WCHA sweep over Michigan Tech. He also earned the weekly honor on Feb. 27.

He had a goal and two assists last Friday evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena, one of which came on teammate Drew Stafford’s game-winning goal, and then added his third assist of the series last Saturday night.

Toews, who now has 10 scoring points (6g,4a) in his last five games, also has 10 goals in his last 13 contests. He finished the regular season as the WCHA rookie leader in goals scored in league games with 14. Overall this season, Toews has 17-11-28 in 34 games.