North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway matched his goal output of last season in two games against the Gophers last weekend. He also helped hold the Gophers 0-for-9 on the power play. For those efforts he was named the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Week.
A look at this week's three award winners:
* Defensive Player of the Week/ Genoway is a 5-9, 174-pound senior from Morden, Manitoba. His power play goal in the third period gave the No. 4-rated Sioux a 3-0 lead in a game they eventually won 4-0.
On Saturday, he had two more power-play, both in the second period, to give the Sioux a 2-1 lead. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Genoway ran the Sioux's power play most of the weekend. It went 4-for-12.
He is pretty good in improvisation, too. When Genoway bumped Jay Barriball in the second period on Saturday, both received penalties. Barriball's was for diving. In the penalty box, Genoway mimicked a diver jumping into the water two, three times while clearly looking Barriball's direction.
The Sioux play at the Maroosh Jan. 15-16.
Also nominated for this award were goalies Marc Cheverie of Denver and Joe Howe of Colorado College.
* Rookie of the Week/ Joe Howe, a freshman goalie for Colorado College, stopped 65 of 68 shots as the Tigers got three points at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. He stropped 39 shots on Friday in a 3-2 CC win, and 26 on Saturday in a 1-1 overtime tie.
Howe, 5-11, 190, is from Plymouth and played varsity hockey at Wayzata High School as a freshman and sophomore. After that he spent two seasons with Waterloo of the USHL. He was 17-13-2 with a 3.5 goals-against average last season.
He is 2-0-1 so far this season for CC with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
Also nominated for the award weer forwards Drew Shore of Denver and Danny Kristo of North Dakota. Kristo, from Eden Prairie, plays on the Sioux's first line.
* Offensive Player of the Week/ Justin Fontaine of UMD scoted four goals and had an assists as the Bulldogs swept Minnesota State Mankato 5-2 and 3-2. Fontaine, a 5-11, 175-pound junior from Bonnyville, Alberta, scored twice in each game and had both game-winners.
Three of his four goals came on the power play. He leads the nation in goals with six this season and is tied with linemate Jack Connolly for most points with nine.
Others nominated for this award were Genoway and Denver forward Rhett Rakhshani.