Defenseman from Rogers among WCHA weekly award winners
December 21, 2011 — 8:41am
Nick Jensen, a sophomore defenseman for St. Cloud State, was named the WCHA's defensive player of the week. Jensen, of Rogers, had a hat trick as the Huskies beat Denver 5-1 on Saturday.
The 6-0, 193-pound Jensen had six shots on goal, blocked six shots and was a plus-2 as the Huskies split with DU. The Pioneers won the first game of the series 3-2 in overtime.
Jensen is the first Huskies defensemen to score three goals in one game since Bret Hedican on Feb. 15, 1991 vs. Wisconsin. He is a Detroit Red Wings' draft pick and had four goals and 10 assists this season in 20 games.
The WCHA rookie of the week is Bemidji State goal Andrew Walsh for the second week in a row. He had back-to-back shutouts as the Beavers beat Alabama Huntsville 3-0 and 5-0. He stopped 20 shots in the first game, 27 in the second. Walsh, of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, is 5-2-1 overall with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.
The offensive player of the week is Colorado College center Rylan Schwartz for the third time this season. He had two goals and four assists as the Tigers swept Minnesota State 2-1 in overtime and 6-2.
Schwartz, of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, had a team-high 23 points in 15 games on 16 goals and seven assists. He had 13 shots against the Mavericks.
Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow @RomanStrib on Twitter. E-mail Roman.