Scoring is up in the WCHA this season and two players contributing to all the offense are sophomore left winger Brock Nelson of North Dakota and junior center Rylan Schwartz of Colorado College. Both had six point-weekends as their teams played each other and are the co-WCHA players of the week.
Nelson, 6-4, 192 from Warroad, Minn., had two power-play goals and an assist as the Fighting Sioux beat CC 7-6 on Friday. His goal at 11:54 of the final period was the game-winner. He had another power-play goal and two assists as UND beat CC 4-3 on Saturday.
One of his assists the second game came on Danny Kristo's short-handed, game-winner in the third period.
In 14 games, Nelson has 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points, tying him for the team scoring lead. He is a NHL draft pick of the New York Islanders.
Schwartz, a 5-10, 196-pound junior from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, had hat tricks in both the Tigers' two losses. He is tied for the scoring lead on his team, too, with 13 goals and four assists for 17 points in 11 games.
Forward Zach Lehrke of Minnesota State, the Gophers' opponent this weekend, was also nominated for this award.
D-MAN WITH OFFENSE
All-america junior defenseman Justin Schultz of Wisconsin is the WCHA's defensive player of the week. He had seven points as the Badgers swept Mercyhurst 7-2 and 5-2.
Schultz had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in the first game. He had a power-play goal and two assists the second night.
He is tied for the national scoring lead with teammate Mark Zengerle and the Gophers' Nick Bjugstad, both forwards. All have 25 points. Schultz, a 6-2, 185-pound junior from West Kelowna, British Columbia, has seven goals and 18 assists. He is an NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks.
DU GOALIE SHARP
Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora is the WCHA's rookie of the week. He beat Princeton 3-0 on Friday in the Denver Cup Classic, making 38 saves.
He also was in the nets for the Pioneers in their 4-2 loss to Miami the next night in the title game. He had 24 saves against the RedHawks and gave up just two even-strength goals. Miami had one goal on a power play, another on an empty-netter.
Olkinuora, 6-2, 200 pounds, is from Helsinki, Finland. He was expected to be a backup goalie for DU, but has been thrust into a starting role because of injuries to Sam Brittain and Adam Murray.
Olkinuora has a 1-2-2 record, a 1.91 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
Forward Matt Leitner of Minnesota State also was nominated for this award.