Two North Dakota players among WCHA weekly award winners

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  • December 6, 2011 - 9:26 PM

Left winger Brock Nelson of North Dakota was named the WCHA's offensive player of the week after scoring four goals in the Fighting Sioux's sweep at Alaska Anchorage.

Nelson, a 6-4, 192-pound sophomore, had two goals and one assist as UND won 5-2 in the first game. He also had two goals in a 4-1 Sioux win the second game. Nelson, of Warroad, had 10 shots in the series and was a plus-2.

He leads UND in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points in 16 games. Nine of his goals have come on the power play. Nelson is a New York Islanders' prospect.

Taylor Matson of the Gophers also was nominated for this award. He had two goals, one in each game, as the Gophers swept Minnesota State Mankato.

O'Donnell, a 6-0, 200 freshman from Winnipeg, Canada, had two goals in UND's 5-2 win on Friday against Alaska Anchorage. He has three goals in six games since coming back from an injury.

The UND sweep enabled them to move from ninth to a tie for fourth place in the WCHA standings.

O'Donnell is a Tampa Bay draft pick.


Senior defenseman Brad Hunt, of Ridge Meadows, B.C., had one goal and two assists as Bemidji State tied St. Cloud State 6-6 in overtime and beat them  3-1.

Hunt had two assists in the first game, including one on the game-tying goal at 13:23 of the third period.  His other assist gave him 87, tying him with Matt Read for the team record at 87. On Saturday, he got his 100th point on his third goal of the season. It came midway through the opening period and proved to be the game-winner.

He also had four blocked shots in the series and was a plus-1.

Gophers goalie Kent Patterson also was nominated for this award. Patterson beat Minnesota State twice last weekend, 4-2 and 3-2.




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