Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Matt White • Junior, Forward, University of Nebraska Omaha
MADISON, Wis. – University of Nebraska Omaha forward Matt White, who topped all league players with six points while leading the Mavericks to a two-game road sweep at Alaska Anchorage last weekend and into second place, is the Red Baron® WCHA Men’s Offensive Player of the Week for February 19.
A 5-10, 185-pound junior from Whittier, Calif., White scored one goal and set up five others in the series while playing at both center and right wing, had an assist on both game-winning tallies, fired six shots on goal and earned a +4 plus/minus rating. In last Friday’s (February 15) opener, he scored a goal and had the primary assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over the Seawolves. Then last Saturday (February 16), he tied a UNO school record with four assists, including the primary assist on teammate Johnnie Searfoss’ overtime game-winner, in a 6-5 victory that gave the Mavericks their school-record tying sixth sweep of the season. Nebraska Omaha trailed by scores of 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 in the Feb. 16 game at UAA, with White getting assists on two third period tallies that sent the game into the extra session and one on the winner.
In 30 games played this season, White is tied for second in team scoring with 31 points (15g, 16a) and is in a four-way tie for 10th in WCHA scoring for all games played.
Also nominated: Brance Orban, F, BSU; Seth Ambroz, F, UM; Matt Leitner, F, MSU.
Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Andrew Walsh • Sophomore, Goaltender, Bemidji State University
MADISON, Wis. – Bemidji State University goaltender Andrew Walsh, who yielded just three goals and made 74 saves while backstopping the Beavers to a three-point weekend against league rival Minnesota Duluth, is the Red Baron® WCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week for February 19. This marks the third such honor for Walsh this season, with the others coming on October 23 and December 18.
A 6-2, 196-pound sophomore from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Walsh stopped 74 of 77 shots on goal for a .961 series save percentage, had double-digit save totals in five of six periods, logged four shutout periods (one in overtime) and was the No. 3 star of both contests. In the series opener last Friday (February 15), he turned aside 38 Bulldogs shots, including 18 in the middle stanza, while allowing two goals to help the Beavers to a 4-2 victory and end a 12-game winless streak that dated back to December. 15. Then on Saturday (February 16), Walsh stopped 36-of-37 shots, including 15 in the third period, in a 1-1 overtime draw with UMD. In addition, Walsh served as the last line of defense for a BSU penalty-kill unit that was a perfect 7-of-7 on the weekend.
Over 1200 minutes of action in nets this season, Walsh owns a 2.60 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with a record of 5-10-5.
Also nominated: Joel Rumpel, G, UW.
Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week
Dylan Margonari • Freshman, Forward, Minnesota State University
MADISON, Wis. – Minnesota State University forward Dylan Margonari, who scored twice and set up another for a three-point series as the host Mavericks won twice over conference rival Michigan Tech last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Men’s Rookie of the Week for February 19. He also earned the weekly honor back on November 6.
A 6-1, 190-pound freshman left winger from Greensburg, Pa., Margonari tallied a power play marker in MSU’s 4-2 win over the Huskies last Friday (February 15) night and earned No. 3 Star of the Game honors. He then scored the game’s first goal and assisted on the last one in a 6-1 victory for Minnesota State over Michigan Tech last Saturday (February 16) evening. Along with his three points in the two wins, Margonari also put six shots on goal (three in each game) and earned a +2 plus/minus rating as MSU improved to 20-9-3 overall and moved into third place in the WCHA race.
Playing in 30 of his team’s 32 games as a rookie this season, Margonari has contributed 16 points (8g, 8a) to rank eighth on Minnesota State’s scoring charts.