March 6, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle and freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel had outstanding performances during last weekend's series split at conference-champion Minnesota and were recognized as the WCHA Offensive and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday.
Zengerle, who wins his first WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor, factored in on all five Wisconsin goals in the weekend series, including all four in the team's 4-1 victory last Friday. The 5-11, 180-pound sophomore from Rochester, N.Y., was named the game's first star, setting up Wisconsin's first three goals of the contest and then scoring one of his own at 15:43 of period two. His goal was a highlight-reel end-to-end power-play goal that involved a move through a UM defenseman. He finished +2. Then on Saturday (March 3), Zengerle had an assist on UW's goal that put them up 1-0 in the second period - a lead they held until a short-handed goal at 4:47 of the third period knotted the score in an eventual 2-1 setback.
Zengerle, in the midst of a five-game scoring streak, shares the national lead with 37 assists and a 1.09 assists-per-game average, while ranking fourth in the nation with 49 points and a 1.44 points-per-game average.
Also nominated: Brance Orban, F, BSU; Jaden Schwartz, F, CC; Jason Zucker, F, DU; Danny Kristo, F, UND.
Rumpel, who stopped 56 of 59 shots on goal for a .949 save percentage and posted four shutout periods, is the winner of his third WCHA Rookie of the Week award this season.
A 6-3, 180-pound freshman from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Rumpel came within 1:02 of a shutout last Friday (March 2) while stopping 26 of 27 shots in UW's 4-1 victory. Then Saturday, Rumpel turned aside 31 of 33 shots, including all 15 he faced in the first period in a 2-1 defeat. Two of Minnesota's three goals in the series came on special teams, with one short-handed and one on the power play. Rumpel is now 11-10-2 on the season with a 2.59 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Also nominated: Matt Prapavessis, D, BSU; and Juho Olkinuora, G, DU.