Three Up, Three Down, WCHA: Oct. 23

Posted by: Zack Friedli

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Andrew Hamburg, Forward, Colorado College

Hamburg’s four-goal performance on Friday night against Air Force – making him the first Tiger since 2008 to strike four times in a game – is more than enough to warrant a spot on this list, but the feat is even more impressive when you consider the fact that it equaled his goal total from all of last year.

Andrew Walsh, Goalie, Bemidji State

Walsh knew he had to be good coming into the year, especially with the increased role following the departure of Dan Bakala. This weekend, he was great. In a pair of games he saw 64 shots, stopped 63 of them and helped the Beavers get off on the right foot.

Nic Kerdiles, Forward, Wisconsin

This is probably the only time that a player who hasn’t actually played will be featured here, but college hockey fans – no matter their allegiance – have to tip their caps at Kerdiles, who decided to stick it out at Wisconsin rather than bolt for the WHL. It’s a good move for him, it’s a good move for Wisconsin and it’s a good move for college hockey.

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Rylan Schwartz, Forward, Colorado College

While Hamburg was lighting it up, Schwartz was quiet in a pair of games this weekend. He did have an assist and five shots, but the Tigers will need him to be at the top of his game all the time to battle their way into the top-half of the WCHA.

Caleb Herbert, Forward, Minnesota Duluth

Herbert took a nasty hit to the head on Thursday night against Notre Dame, which could play into why he didn’t have a great weekend in South Bend, but he must be better. An assist and two shots for UMD’s top returning forward isn’t going to cut it.

Mark Alt, Defenseman, Minnesota

For a guy that had an absolute rock-solid campaign last winter, Alt had high expectations entering this year. Against Michigan Tech, he looked like a rookie. Alt wasn’t sharp all weekend, made some plays that turned into Tech goals and finished a minus-two on the weekend.

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