Hamburg garners WCHA weekly offensive award

From the WCHA …

Colorado College senior forward Andrew Hamburg, whose four-goal game in a road victory at Air Force last Friday included both a natural hat trick and the game-winning goal, is the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 23. He is the first CC player in six seasons to record a four-goal game.

A 6-3, 203-pound right winger from Phoenix, Ariz., Hamburg scored four goals in the final two periods to propel the visiting Tigers to the 6-2 win over the host Falcons before a sellout crowd of 3,207 at the Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs on Oct. 19. With his team trailing 1-0 early in the second period, Hamburg tied the game at 1-1 with his first goal of the game at 1:42, gave CC a 2-1 lead with his second marker on a power-play at 3:46, then completed the natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) with the eventual game-winner at 13:34. He then scored his fourth goal of the game at 7:08 of the third period. In addition to his four goals, Hamburg also led the way with six shots on goal in the game (he had eight on the weekend) and a +3 plus/minus rating.

Through the first four games of the 2012-13 season, Hamburg shares the team scoring lead for Colorado College with five points on a team-high four goals along with one assist. The Tigers stand 3-1 heading into their Oct. 26-27 series at Cornell.

Also nominated: Nick Shore, F, DU; Chad Pietila, F, MTU; Seth Ambroz, F, UM, Johnny McInnis, F, MSU; Matt White, F, UNO; Drew LeBlanc, F, SCSU.

Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Andrew Walsh • Sophomore, Goaltender, Bemidji State University

MADISON, Wis. – Goaltender Andrew Walsh, who allowed just a single power-play goal while stopping 63 of 64 shots on goal over six periods in nets as Bemidji State University split a two-game, season-opening series with visiting Lake Superior last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 23.

A sophomore from Dawson Creek, B.C., Walsh posted five shutout periods, a 0.51 goals-against average and a .984 saves percentage as Bemidji State fell 2-0 to the Lakers in the series opener last Friday (Oct. 19) at Sanford Center before capturing a 5-0 triumph last Saturday (Oct. 20). He turned aside a career-high 38 shots on goal in game one, yielding only an unassisted power-play goal at the 16:51 mark of the third period. Walsh then came back in the series finale by stopping all 25 shots on goal and blanking LSSU on both power-play opportunities to gain his first shutout of the season and third of his collegiate career.

Through 13 collegiate games, 752:38 of action and 11 starts for the Beavers between the pipes, Walsh owns a 7-5-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and .928 saves percentage.

Also nominated: Aaron Harstad, D, CC; Sam Brittain, G, DU; Brad Stebner, D, MTU; Bryce Aneloski, D, UNO; Clarke Saunders, G, UND; Ethan Prow, D, SCSU.

Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week
Pheonix Copley • Freshman, Goaltender, Michigan Tech University

MADISON, Wis. – Michigan Technological University goaltender Pheonix Copley, who helped the Huskies to a two-game split against top-ranked and visiting Minnesota last weekend while starting both games, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 23.

A 6-3, 175-pound freshman from North Pole, Alaska, stopped 28 of 31 shots on goal last Friday (Oct. 19) while giving up just two even-strength goals against the No. 1 Golden Gophers to earn his first collegiate win. He then posted 31 more saves in a 3-2, one-goal setback last Saturday and held Minnesota scoreless on all five power-play chances as the two teams were tied at 2-2 until the 16:25 mark of the final period.

Copley has now started three of Michigan Tech’s four games this season

Also nominated: Corey Ward, F, BSU; Cody Bradley, F, CC; Nolan Zajac, D, DU; Teddy Blueger, F, MSU; Jordan Schmaltz, D, UND; Ethan Prow, D, SCSU.

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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