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January 29, 2013
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St. Cloud State's Hanowski & Brodzinski, Nebraska Omaha's Faulkner Named Red Baron WCHA Players of the Week
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Red Baron® WCHA
Offensive Player of the Week

Ben Hanowski - Senior, Forward
St. Cloud State University

photoVeteran St. Cloud State University forward Ben Hanowski, who scored three times and had 10 shots on goal as the visiting Huskies took three of four points from rival North Dakota last weekend to move into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association race, has been named Red Baron® WCHA Men's Offensive Player of the Week for January 29.

A 6-2, 195-pound senior left winger from Little Falls, Minn., Hanowski was also named the No. 2 Star of the Game both nights. He opened the weekend by scoring the game-winning goal in the Huskies' 3-1 victory over North Dakota last Friday (Jan. 25) night, handing St. Cloud State a 2-0 advantage at 16:36 of the first period. He finished the night with seven shots on goal, was +1 on the plus/minus and helped the Huskies outshoot UND 33-16 in the contest while providing four of SCSU's 22 blocked shots in the game. Hanowski then finished up the weekend with a two-goal night last Saturday (Jan. 26) as the Huskies' played UND to a 2-2 (ot) tie. He opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 3:08 of the first period, then tied the game in the second period with his 11th marker of the season at 1:59 as the Huskies had the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call.

On the season, Hanowski now has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points and leads the team with 88 shots on net. Over 140 collegiate games at SCSU, he has 103 points (56g, 47a).

Also nominated this week: Johnnie Searfoss, F, UNO; Tyler Barnes, F, UW.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Defensive Player of the Week

John Faulkner - Senior, Goaltender
University of Nebraska Omaha

photoUniversity of Nebraska Omaha goaltender John Faulkner, who backstopped the visiting Mavericks to their first-ever WCHA sweep over Bemidji State last weekend and to within one point of the league lead, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week for January 29.

A 6-1, 207-pound senior from Sarnia, Ontario, Faulkner earned both UNO wins at Bemidji State, posting a 2.00 goals-against average, blanking the Beavers on all five series power-play chances, and turning aside 44 of 48 shots on goal for a .917 save percentage. In the weekend series opener last Friday (Jan. 25), he made 22 saves in the Mavericks' 5-3 win. Then last Saturday (Jan. 26), Faulkner stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 2-1 triumph that gave UNO its first-ever conference series sweep over Bemidji State. The weekend marked the fourth time this year and the 12th time in his career that he has backstopped both ends of a sweep.

Now 13-4-2 this season with a .737 winning percentage that ranks fifth in the country and second in the WCHA, Faulkner's 51 career wins are now just two from tying Dan Ellis for the school wins record.

Also nominated this week: Brady Wacker, D, BSU; Nate Schmidt, D, UM; Ryan Faragher, G, SCSU.

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Red Baron® WCHA
Rookie of the Week

Jonny Brodzinski - Freshman, Forward
St. Cloud State University

photoSt. Cloud State University forward Jonny Brodzinski, who extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games with a pair of goals and an assist in the Huskies' victory and tie at North Dakota last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Men's Rookie of the Week for January 29.

A 6-1, 200-pound right winger from Ham Lake, Minn.,Brodzinski opened the Jan. 25-26 league series with a pair of goals as St. Cloud State forged a 3-1 victory over North Dakota. He set the stage with his first goal at 4:15 of the first period to give SCSU a 1-0 lead, then completed the Husky attack in the third period with another even-strength goal at 7:35 to make it 3-0. Named the No. 1 Star of the Game, Brodzinski also had eight shots on net, two blocks and was +2. He then finished the weekend with an assist on teammate Ben Hanowski's game-tying goal at 1:59 of the second period in a 2-2 (ot) draw. Over the weekend, Brodzinski had two goals, one assist, nine shots on goal and earned a +2 plus/minus rating.

This season, Brodzinski is tied for the team goal lead at 11 and he also has nine assists for 20 points

Also nominated this week: Nic Kerdiles, F, UW.