Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Austin Farley is the offensive player of the week in the WCHA.

The 5-9, 170 Farley is from the hockey hotbed of Niles, Ill. He had three goals and two assists and was a plus-4 as the Bulldogs left Houghton, Mich., with three of a possible four points.

UMD beat Michigan Tech 7-3, then tied the Huskies 4-4. He has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 13 games.

He and teammate Tony Cameranesi (6-9-15) are tied for second in the nation in scoring among first-year players. Riley Barber (6-12-18) of Miami is first.

Bulldogs' power play, on which Farley is involved with, was 4-for-12 against Tech.

Three other players nominated for this award were Erik Haula of the Gophers, Josh Archibald of UNO and Scott Winkler of Colorado College -- the Gophers' next opponent.


Sophomore defenseman Brett Stern of Minnesota State Mankato is the co-defensive player of the week. The 6-foot-3, 185 Stern is from Lino lakes. He had a goal and an assist and was a plus-4 as the Mavericks swept Bemidji State 3-0, 6-1.

He also had seven hits and four shots on net.

Stern shared defensive honors with Wisconsin sophomore goalie Landon Peterson who beat Denver 3-1 on Saturday. He stopped 35 of 36 shots. He has a 1.88 goal-against average and a .941 save percentage in conference games.

Also nominated for this award were UNO goalie John Faulker and CC defenseman Mike Boivin.


Stephone Williams of MSU Mankato is the WCHA's rookie of the week. He stopped 20 shots as the Mavericks beat the Beavers 3-0 on Friday and had 17 saves in a 6-1 win for a sweep on Saturday. He is 4-3-1with a 1.92 gaa and a .932 save percentage.

CC forward Jared Hanson was another nominee for this award.