Wednesday, October 31, 2007

WCHA Players of the Week - 10/31

North Dakota forward T.J. Oshie, Minnesota State goalie Mike Zacharias, and St. Cloud State forward Garrett Roe have been named the WCHA Players of the Week.

From the press release:

University of North Dakota forward T.J. Oshie, who notched a three-goal hat trick in his team's 6-0 road victory over host Michigan Tech last Saturday night, has been named Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

A 6-0, 192-pound junior from Warroad, Minn., Oshie's three goals against the Huskies included his second game-winning goal of the season and allowed him to surpass the 100-point mark in his collegiate career. The 76th player in UND history to reach the century mark in points, Oshie now has 45 goals, 56 assists and 101 points.

In addition to his hat trick, Oshie also fired 11 shots on goal in the series and earned a +1 plus-minus rating.

On the 2007-08 season, the St. Louis Blues (NHL) draftee has scored four goals in his first five games, with two being game-winners.

Also nominated this week were: Tyler Ruegsegger, So., F, DU; and Justin Bostrom, Jr., F, UM.

Mike Zacharias, a junior goaltender at Minnesota State University, has been named Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5 as a result of his outstanding play in the visiting Mavericks' tie and win over WCHA-rival Alaska Anchorage.

A 5-10, 175-pound junior from Plymouth, Minn., Zacharias had six shutout periods in the two-game series - including a five-minute overtime - stopped 52 of 54 shots on goal for a league-best .963 saves percentage, and blanked the Seawolves on all nine of their weekend power-play chances.

Zacharias had 27 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie against UAA last Friday (Oct. 26) evening at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage and then stopped all 25 shots on goal in a 2-0 shutout victory last Saturday (Oct. 27). The shutout was the second of his three-year collegiate career.

Over 224:54 of action so far this season, Zacharias sports a 1.87-goals against average, a .933 saves percentage and a 1-1-1 record.

Also nominated this week were: Michael-Lee Teslak, Jr., G, MTU; Alex Stalock, So., G, UMD; Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Sr., G, UND; and Jase Weslosky, So., G, SCSU.

St. Cloud State University forward Garrett Roe, who produced five scoring points while helping the Huskies to a home-ice sweep over Bemidji State last weekend, has been named Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

A 5-8, 162-pound freshman from Vienna, Va., Roe had a career-high four points last Saturday (Oct. 27) night, scoring two goals - including the eventual game-winner - and adding two assists as St. Cloud State posted a 6-1 victory over the Beavers at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.

Last Friday (Oct. 26) evening, Roe scored the game's first goal on a power-play at 10:28 of the second period as the Huskies went on to a 2-1 triumph.

In addition to his five points over the weekend, Roe also had six shots on goal. On the season, Roe now has a team-leading 10 points with five goals and five assists and ranks second overall in scoring among first-year players in the WCHA.

Also nominated this week were: Tyler Bozak, Fr., F, DU; Bennett Royer, Fr., F, MTU; Alex Kangas, Fr., G, UM; and Justin Fontaine, Fr., F, UMD.