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December 20, 2011
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CC's Schwartz, SCSU's Jensen, BSU's Walsh Named Red Baron® WCHA Men's Players of the Week for December 20
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Red Baron® WCHA
Offensive Player of the Week

Rylan Schwartz - Junior, Forward
Colorado College

photoColorado College centerman Rylan Schwartz, whose offensive exploits helped boost the visiting Tigers to a two-game conference road sweep at Minnesota State last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for December 20. This marks the third time this season Schwartz has been so honored (also on October 18 and November 29).

A 5-10, 196-pound junior from Wilcox, Sask., Schwartz scored a pair of goals and set up two others for four points, fired 13 shots on goal and earned a +1 plus/minus rating as Colorado College recorded 2-1 (ot) and 6-2 victories over the Mavericks on December 16-17. He scored all four of his points in the victory last Saturday to earn No. 1 Star of the Game honors, with his goal at 4:33 of the second period standing as the game-winner. Schwartz also had14 face-off wins in 22 series draws (.636).

Colorado College's top scorer this season with 23 points (16g, 7a) in 15 games played, he is tied for 10th in scoring overall among WCHA players.

Also nominated: Drew Shore, F, DU.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Defensive Player of the Week

Nick Jensen - Sophomore, Defenseman
St. Cloud State University

photoDefenseman Nick Jensen of St. Cloud State University has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for December 20 after strong efforts at both ends of the ice that resulted in the host Huskies earning a two-game split with nationally-ranked Denver last weekend at the National Hockey Center.

A 6-0, 193-pound sophomore from Rogers, Minn., Jensen recorded a three-goal hat trick, put six shots on goal, blocked six shots and earned a +2 plus/minus rating as St. Cloud State held the Pioneers to just one even-strength goal overall in a 3-2 (ot) loss last Friday (Dec. 16) and a 5-1 victory last Saturday (Dec. 17). Jensen, who became the first Husky blueliner to notch a hat trick since Bret Hedican did so back on Feb. 15, 1991 vs Wisconsin, posted SCSU's first three goals of the game in the 5-1 victory, including the eventual game-winner at 13:04 of the first period on the power-play. Named the No. 1 Star of the Game, he was on the ice for all five of his team's goals, had four shots on goal, blocked three shots and was a +3. Jensen opened the series by charting two shots and three blocked shots in the overtime loss.

A draft pick of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, Jensen has 14 points (4g, 10a) this season in 20 games.

Also nominated: Brady Wacker, D, BSU; Josh Thorimbert, G, CC.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Rookie of the Week

Andrew Walsh - Freshman, Goaltender
Bemidji State University

photoFor the second straight week, Bemidji State University goaltender Andrew Walsh has been named Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week, this time for December 20 and his heroics in a two-game non-conference sweep over visiting Alabama-Huntsville at Sanford Center.

A 6-2, 190-pound freshman form Dawson Creek, B.C., Walsh posted back-to-back shutouts on Dec. 16-17 over Alabama-Huntsville, stopping all 47 shots on goal and blanking the Chargers on all eight of their power-play attempts as the host Beavers forged 3-0 and 5-0 victories. Walsh turned aside all 20 shots last Friday to gain his first collegiate shutout before stopping 27 shot attempts last Saturday. In addition, he backstopped a penalty-kill unit that was a perfect 8-for-8 on the weekend. He was named the No. 1 Star of the Game last Saturday and the No. 3 Star of the Game last Friday.

Now unbeaten in his last four appearances (3-0-1), Walsh sports a 5-2-1 record overall and leads the Beavers with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .932 saves percentage.

Also nominated: Peter Stoykewych, D, CC; Joey LaLeggia, D, DU; Ryan Faragher, G, SCSU.