Monday, October 27, 2014

Gervais gets award, Mavs nudged up

Minnesota State junior forward Bryce Gervais was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his three-goal performance in the Mavericks' conference sweep over Alabama Huntsville over the weekend.

Gervais scored the game-winning goal in each game, a 3-1 victory on Friday and a 4-1 win on Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Center.

His two goals on Saturday included a short-handed score. Gervais now has four goals and two assists this season, and the six points rank tied for second on the team with Matt Leitner (six assists). Senior defenseman Zach Palmquist leads the Mavericks in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points.

Other WCHA players of the week included Michigan Tech goaltender Jamie Phillips (defensive), who stopped 67 of 68 shots in the Huskies' sweep at Ferris State, and Bowling Green foreward Mitch McLain (rookie), who had three points in the Falcons' nonconference tie and win at Clarkson.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State moved up one spot to No. 12 in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online top 20 poll and remained 12th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top 15.

Other WCHA teams in the rankings include Ferris State (14/15), Alaska (16) and Michigan Tech (17).

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