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 him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Gophers' Alt named WCHA co-offensive player of the week

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers awards and honors Updated: December 13, 2011 - 5:52 PM

Gophers defenseman Mark Alt was named the WCHA's co-offensive player of the week along with University of Alaska Anchorage forward Mitch Bruijsten.

Alt, a 6-3, 202-pound sophomore from Cretin-Derham Hall, had two two goals and three assists as the Gophers split with Michigan Tech last weekend, losing 3-2 in overtime in the first game and winning 6-2 in the second game.

His five points were more than any other WCHA player had. He scored the first goal on Friday and had an assist on the second goal. He was named the game's No. 2 star.

On Saturday, Alt has the game-winning goal. He scored early in the third period -- from the left circle -- to break a 3-3 tie. He also had two assists for his first three-point game as a Gophers. Alt was named the No. 1 star.

Alt, a draftee of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, was a plus-5 for the weekend and was on the ice for only one goal -- scored by the Huskies on a power play.

Bruijsten, a junior right winger from Nijmegen, Netherlands, had a hat trick on three shots on goal as UAA beat Colorado College 6-3 on Friday. His first goal was shorthanded and unassisted. His second two came on power plays. He scored one goal every period.

Senior captain Brett Olson of Michigan Tech also was nominated for this award. Olson, a first-line center from Superior, Wis., scored the overtime goal in the first game.

OTHER AWARDS

North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell of Airdrie, Alberta, was named the WCHA's defensive player of the week. He stopped 33 shots in the Fighting Sioux' 2-1 overtime loss to Nebraska Omaha in the first game and then made 26 saves as UND beat the Mavericks 1-0 in the second game.

Sophomore defenseman Daniel Sova of Tech also was among the players nominated for this award. Sova, of Cottage Grove, had a goal and an assist on Saturday for the Huskies.

Bemidji State goalie Andrew Walsh was the WCHA's rookie of the week. Walsh of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, stopped a career-high 36 shots as the Beavers beat Denver 1-0 for their vier victory ever in the series. BSU was 0-9-0  against the Pioneers since they began playing in 1967.

 

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