Not surprisingly, Minnesota State senior center Teddy Blueger was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his five-point performance in the first period of Saturday's 6-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage. Blueger had a goal and four assists as the Mavericks jumped out to the 5-0 lead. Lost in all the stats in Sunday morning's game story was the fact that his goal was also the game-winner. It was also the fifth time a WCHA player had at least five points in a period and was the first five-point game by a WCHA player since Minnesota Duluth's Jack Connolly did it on Feb. 11, 2012. Blueger also had six shots on goal in the sweep and was 25 for 32 (.781) on faceoffs.
Blueger's teammate, goaltender Jason Pawloski, also was honored, earning WCHA Rookie of the Week after earning both wins in the Mavericks' sweep over the Seawolves. Pawloski stopped 36 of 38 shots in the two games, including a 12-save shutout on Friday, for a .947 save percentge. Pawloski improved his rookie record to 5-0-2.
Bowling Green sophomore defenseman Mark Friedman was the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Falcons' sweep of Northern Michigan. Minnesota State travels to Bowling Green this week.
For more on the WCHA players of the week, go here.