A trio of players who won holiday tournaments for their teams were honored individually.
The WCHA announced Thursday (January 3, 2013) that Minnesota junior forward Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers), Michigan Tech freshman goalie Pheonix Copley and Minnesota freshman goalie Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning are the WCHA Players of the Week. It's the second time all three players have won the weekly award this season.
The 6'6" Bjugstad was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Nick, who leads the Gophers with 10 goals, scored six points (2G-4A) in two games this weekend. After tallying a pair of assists in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Air Force, the Blaine, MN native scored a career high 4 points - including this first period highlight-reel goal - in an 8-1 win over then-#1 Boston College.
Copley, meanwhile, was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after saving all 70 shots he faced this weekend and leading the Huskies to their first GLI championship in 32 years. The 6'3", 175 lbs freshman became the first Michigan Tech goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts since 1955.
Wilcox was honored as the WCHA Rookie of the Week for playing a key role in the Gophers' Mariucci Classic championship. The freshman goalie made 18 saves against Air Force en route to his third shutout this season before making a career-high 32 saves versus Boston College in the championship. He was named the Mariucci Classic tournament MVP for his efforts.
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