WCHA announces players of the week

UNO ArchibaldFrom the WCHA …

Forwards Josh Archibald of the University of Nebraska Omaha, who scored four goals in a league sweep over Colorado College last weekend, and Corban Knight of the University of North Dakota, who produced six scoring points in a pair of victories over Holy Cross, have been named Red Baron® WCHA co-Offensive Players of the Week for January 8. Knight also earned the weekly award on Dec. 18.

Archibald, a 5-10, 170-pound sophomore center from Brainerd, Minn., powered the host Mavericks (13-8-1) to back-to-back conference wins over visiting Colorado College on Jan. 4-5 at CenturyLink Center Omaha and into first place in the WCHA race. He notched a three-goal hat trick, the first of his collegiate career, and was the First Star of the Game in UNO’s 8-4 triumph last Friday night, scoring in each period at even-strength, on the power-play and while shorthanded. The following night (Saturday), he scored his fourth goal of the series in the third period, giving him four goals on four shots, as the Mavericks completed the sweep over the Tigers with a 3-1 win. In the two games, he had four goals, four shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus rating.

A draftee of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, Archibald is third in team scoring this season with 21 points (11g, 10a).

Knight, a 6-2, 200-pound senior center from High River, Alberta, put together his second straight six-point weekend and figured in on both game-winning goals as host North Dakota (12-5-3) collected its second sweep in a row with 5-2 and 3-2 non-conference wins over No. 20-ranked Holy Cross at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Named the game’s No. 1 star last Friday and the No. 2 star on Saturday, Knight also extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games, UND’s longest since All-American Brandon Bochenski had a 17-game streak in 2002-03. He had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists on Jan. 4 and then had two more assists on Jan. 5, both in the third period and on the power-play, setting up Michael Parks’ game-tying goal and Danny Kristo’s game-winning goal as UND rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win. Knight also won 21-of-24 (87.5%) face-offs on Saturday and 31-of-40 (77.5%) in the series.

A draftee of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, Knight has 27 points (8g, 19a) during his current 15-game point streak and leads the WCHA and ranks third nationally with 1.53 points per game. He was also recently named the HCA (Hockey Commissioners’ Association) National Player of the Month for December.

Also nominated this week: David Makowski, D, DU; Chase Grant, F, MSU; Joseph LaBate, F, UW.

Denver goaltender Juho Olkinuora, who surrendered just two goals while leading his team to a two-game non-conference sweep over visiting Cornell University last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for January 8.

A 6-2, 200-pound sophomore from Helsinki, Finland, Olkinuora started both games between the pipes last weekend as host Denver earned 5-1 and 2-1 victories over the Big Red to improve to 12-6-3 overall. He stopped 37 of 38 shots on goal, one shy of his season high, in last Friday’s (Jan. 4) win, making 12 saves in the opening period and 17 in the third, and was the No. 2 Star of the Game. He then came back on Saturday (Jan. 5) with 19 more stops as the Pioneers completed the sweep. In addition to his 56 saves, .966 saves percentage and four shutout periods in the series, Olkinuora and his teammates also blanked Cornell on all eight of their power-play chances in the two games, as they went 0-of-4 in each game.

Over his last six starts in nets, Olkinuora boasts a 0.97 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage and ranks sixth nationally (Division 1) with a 1.55 goals-against average and fourth in save percentage at .948. Standing 6-1-3 overall this season, he has started the last three games in goal for Denver and posted three straight wins against ranked opponents.

Also nominated this week: Mike Boivin, D, CC; John Faulkner, G, UNO; Joel Rumpel, G, UW.

Denver forward Quentin Shore, who played a key role in helping the Pioneers to a pair of victories over visiting Cornell last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for January 8.

A 6-1, 185-pound freshman center from Denver, Colo., Shore scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner, and had five shots on goal in last Friday’s (Jan. 4) 5-1 non-conference triumph over Cornell at Magness Arena, earning him First Star of the Game honors. He scored the game-winner at 3:09 of the second period to give the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage and then, after the Big Red had pulled to within one at 5:58, he staked Denver to another two-goal advantage at 3-1 with a power-play tally at the 9:54 mark.

Denver then went on to win game two of the series against Cornell on Saturday (Jan. 5) by a 2-1 count with Shore putting two more shots on goal.

On the season, Shore has played in all 21 of Denver’s games, producing 11 points on six goals and five assists to rank second among the Pioneers’ first-year players.


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