Howe named WCHA co-defensive player of the week

Published: March 12, 2013, 10:47 pm, by Joe Paisley

Howe road saveColorado College’s Joe Howe and North Dakota’s Zane Gothberg were named co-defensive players of the week by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

“Good for Joe, he deserves it,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

Howe, a 6-0, 195-pound senior from Plymouth, Minn., turned aside 31 shots in a 2-0 loss at Michigan Tech before coming back with 46 stops to lead the visiting Tigers to a 4-3 road victory over the Huskies Saturday. He posted 77 total saves in the series, with double-digit stop totals in all six periods and 20 in the second of Game 2, and helped his team kill off seven of eight MTU power-plays.

It is Howe’s second co-defensive player of the week award of his career after receiving one as a sophomore. He was a two-time rookie of the week during the 2009-10 season.

Gothberg, a freshman goalie, stopped 72 in a split at Minnesota State.

Denver sophomore forward Ty Loney, who posted six assists against Alaska-Anchorage last weekend and Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Mike Seidel, who had five points against Nebraska-Omaha were named co-offensive players of the week.

Minnesota-Duluth forward Austin Farley, who figured in on more than half of his team’s 11 goals in a two-game sweep of Nebraska-Omaha, is the rookie of the week.