Tuesday, February 03, 2009


WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors to Alex Stalock ... again. It's his fourth time winning the award, and the second week in a row.

(He shares with Minnesota State goaltender Mike Zacharias, who backstopped the Mavericks to a scintillating sweep of Minnesota.)

Stalock shut out Wisconsin with 33 saves and a fortunate gag by Tom Gorowsky in the first period. With the win, UMD pulled into a three-way tie for fourth in the WCHA.

The final four WCHA series will be huge for UMD. The Bulldogs have a better-than-puncher's chance at home ice, but they need to keep playing well. Denver and Alaska-Anchorage visit the DECC, while UMD must travel to Michigan Tech and Minnesota.

Stalock is the league's best player, a shoo-in for All-WCHA first-team honors in goal. He's got a money shot at the achievement Colorado College goalie Richard Bachman - last year's WCHA Player of the Year - pulled off last year.

It would be absolutely fitting for goalies to win that award in back-to-back years, considering how far scoring has dipped over the last five years.

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