Monday, February 22, 2010

Nanooks Nearly Sweep Players of the Week Awards

Dion Knelsen                           Scott Greenham                         Andy Taranto
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After the dust has settled, the CCHA has named 3 of the 4 player of the week awards to Nanook players. Likely the first in school history

Offensive Player of the Week:
Dion Knelsen, Alaska
Sr., F (Three Hills, AB)
Knelsen had a goal, four assists and a +3 rating as Alaska swept Lake Superior. All four of Knelsen's assists came in Friday night's victory.
Defenseman of the Week
Matt Bartkowski, Ohio State
So. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Bartkowski had an assist in each game for Ohio State against Western Michigan, including the assist on Friday's game-winning goal.
Reebok Goaltender of the Week
Scott Greenham, Alaska
Fr. (Addison, ON)
Greenham made 74 saves on 75 shots faced in Alaska's weekend sweep of Lake Superior. Greenham earned his third shutout of the season Friday night.
CCM Rookie of the Week
Andy Taranto, Alaska
F (Woodridge, IL)
Taranto had a goal and four assists for five points on the weekend against Lake Superior. His lone goal was a short-handed marker, the first of the season for the Nanooks.
It's unfortunate that they based the defenseman of the week based on their offensive production. Either of the Molle brothers, Gens, or Sova easily could have won as well. If I had my choice, Dustin Molle would have gotten the honors, but that's how it goes. Matt Bartkowski is a great defensemen for Ohio State, who probably deserves the award, but hey, I can be selfish, right?

Congratulations to not only the players that were recognized, but to everyone on the team. As any one of the three mentioned above would say, it was a team effort this weekend that produced those results. That's exactly what it's going to take to get through the CCHA, and potentially the NCAA tournaments and prevail.

The Nanooks climbed the USCHO and INCH polls to 17th and 18th respectively at the end of CCHA play in a 2 game sweep of Lake Superior State University.

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