Dec 17, 2013 at 7:51 am
On the heels of a second straight series sweep and five consecutive victories, three North Dakota sophomores claimed Bauer NCHC Player of the Week Awards on Monday.
Forward Rocco Grimaldi was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week, Jordan Schmaltz was named Defeneman of the Week, and Zane Gothberg was named co-Goaltender of the Week.
Grimaldi collected three assists and set up both game-winning goals in UND's non-conference sweep of Northern Michigan.
Like Grimaldi, Schmaltz also dished out three assists in the series while anchoring a defensive effort that limited NMU to 39 total shots on the weekend.
Gothberg, who extended his personal winning streak to a career-long five games, stopped 37 of 39 shots in the series against the Wildcats for a save percentage of .949. A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Gothberg shared the award with Denver senior Sam Brittain.
Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Shane Osterberg was named NCHC Rookie of the Week.
UND is now off until after Christmas and will return to action Jan. 3-4 at the Great Northwest Showcase tournament in Burnaby, British Columbia.