Sophomore Nate Schmidt and freshman Kyle Rau each won WCHA honors today when it was announced that Schmidt was a WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (his first WCHA award) and Rau was a repeat winner of WCHA’s Rookie of the Week Award.
Schmidt assisted on half of Minnesota’s six goals last weekend in Minnesota’s sweep of Nebraska-Omaha. Schmidt assisted Sam Warning in the goal on Friday night that allowed the visitors to jump out to a 1-0 lead on Nebraska-Omaha.
Saturday night, Minnesota trailed 1-0 and Schmidt would be credited with assists on both goals that gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead at the end of twenty minutes. Mark Alt and Kyle Rau scored the goals in a 2:34 span.
Rau had the first assist on Nick Bjugstad’s game tying goal from Friday night, which came at only 4:17 of the third period before the Gophers ended up winning the game in overtime on a bomb from Jake Parenteau. Rau is currently on a seven game point streak. He also scored two power play goals on Saturday night that included the game winner as the Gophers were the first team to sweep Nebraska-Omaha at home since January of 2008.
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