DU forward, two Tech players receive WCHA weekly awards
February 1, 2012 — 6:47am
Denver forward Luke Salazar is the WCHA's offensive player of the week. He had a goal and five assists as the Pioneers swept Alaska Anchorage 4-2 and 6-3.
Salazar, a 5-7, 155 senior winger, had a goal and two assists in the first game and three assists in the second for Denver, which moved up to third place in the WCHA standings with the sweep.
He has six goals and 12 assists this season.
The Gophers play at DU in two weeks.
TECH DUO HONORED
Goalie Josh Robinson of Michigan Tech is the defensive player of the week. He stopped 62 of 66 shots as the Huskies tied UMD 4-4 and beat them 5-0. He shut out the Bulldogs the last five periods of the weekend and had a .939 save percentage.
Saturday's shutout was the first against UMD in 105, dating back to a 2-0 loss to visiting North Dakota on March 1, 2008. Robinson, a senior, is 11-9-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
The rookie of the week in the WCHA is Tech forward Blake Pietila. He had an assist on Friday against UMD and a goal and two assists on Saturday.
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.