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October 18, 2011
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Colorado College's Schwartz, Michigan Tech's Robinson, Minnesota's Rau Named Red Baron® WCHA Men's Players of the Week
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Red Baron® WCHA
Offensive Player of the Week

Rylan Schwartz - Junior, Forward
Colorado College

photoCenterman Rylan Schwartz, who produced a three-goal hat trick to fuel Colorado College's come-from-behind conference victory over Bemidji State last Saturday that enabled the Tigers to complete the series sweep, has been named Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for October 18.

A 5-9, 196-pound junior from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Schwartz scored three goals – including the game-winner – on October 15 as Colorado College came back from 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits to upend the Beavers, 6-4, at Colorado Springs World Arena. His third period goal at 10:19 proved to be the winner, completing his hat trick and earning him the No. 1 Star of the Game honors. The Tigers also won 3-1 over BSU last Friday (October 14) to open the 2011-12 regular season with two straight league wins.

In addition to his hat trick, Schwartz fired seven shots on goal in the series, won 60% of his face-offs –including 65% of them in last Friday's triumph – and earned a +1 plus/minus rating.

Also nominated this week: Daniel Naslund, F, UAA; Brett Olson, F, MTU; Nate Condon, F, UM; Danny Kristo, F, UND.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Defensive Player of the Week

Josh Robinson - Senior, Goaltender
Michigan Technological University

photoMichigan Technological University goaltender Josh Robinson, who yielded just two even-strength goals last weekend while backstopping the host Huskies to a two-game sweep over conference rival Wisconsin, is the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for October 18.

A 6-0, 185-pound senior from Frankenmuth, Mich., Robinson was in nets both nights as Michigan Tech skated to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Badgers at John MacInnes Student ice Arena last Friday (Oct. 14) and a 3-2 overtime win last Saturday (Oct. 15), giving the Huskies their first sweep over the UW since 2007. He stopped 23 of 24 shots on goal in the series opener and 21 of 23 in game two, compiling a .936 saves percentage, posting five shutout periods (including two overtimes) and holding Wisconsin to just one power-play goal in seven series man-advantage opportunities.

Through three outings this season, Robinson stands 3-0-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .950 saves percentage. Michigan Tech, under first-year coach Mel Pearson, is 4-0-0 for the first time since its national championship season of 1974-75.

Also nominated this week: Joe Howe, G, CC; Kent Patterson, G, UM; Ben Blood, D, UND.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Rookie of the Week

Kyle Rau - Freshman, Forward
University of Minnesota

photoUniversity of Minnesota left winger Kyle Rau, who scored three goals to help propel the visiting Golden Gophers to a two-game conference road sweep over defending national champion Minnesota Duluth last weekend, has been honored as the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for October 18.

A 5-8, 173-pound freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., and a draftee of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, Rau marked his first two collegiate road games by scoring two goals and firing five shots on goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime win over the Bulldogs last Friday (Oct. 14) at AMSOIL Arena and then notching the game-winning goal at 10:02 of the third period in his club's 5-4 victory last Saturday (Oct. 15). His second goal in the series opener gave UM a 3-2 lead in the second period. All three of his strikes came on the power-play, as the Golden Gophers were successful on 6-of-9 man-advantage opportunities in the series.

Minnesota is off to a 4-0-0 start to the 2011-12 season.

Also nominated this week: Mitch Cain, F, BSU; Aaron Harstad, D, CC; Joey LaLeggia, D, DU; Nick Mattson, D, UND.