Three Up, Three Down, WCHA: Oct. 30

Posted by: Zack Friedli

Up

Drew LeBlanc, Forward, St. Cloud State

LeBlanc was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a terrible leg injury last winter, and many expected his return to bolster the Huskies offense immediately. It has. For the season, LeBlanc has 10 points, five of which (two goals, three assists) came last weekend against Minnesota State.

Joel Rumpel, Goalie, Wisconsin

After a lackluster debut against Northern Michigan a couple weeks ago, it looks like Rumpel is back on his game. While helping the Badgers earn three points in Duluth last weekend, he posted a shutout and a .969 save percentage and was the main reason why UW was in the position to make its third-period comeback on Saturday night.

David Makowski, Defenseman, Denver

Denver’s loss of scoring was a big worry surrounding the team at the beginning of the year. So far, though, it hasn’t been much of a problem, thanks largely to the contribution from the blue line. Makowski is just another example of a defenseman stepping up to put up points for the Pios, notching two goals and two assists this weekend in a sweep over Michigan Tech.

Down

J.P. Lafontaine, Forward, Minnesota State

After six games, Lafontaine is living the sophomore slump. He posted great rookie numbers in 2011-12, but Lafontaine has been invisible for the Mavericks so far this year, and his single assist at this point proves it. Against rival St. Cloud State last weekend, he had zero points and was a minus-four.

Matt White, Forward, Nebraska-Omaha

Omaha’s best returning forward hasn’t played well this year. White is way below his usual points-per-game mark, and his single point (a second-period goal on Friday) is a big reason why the Mavericks continued to struggle against Bemidji State.

Pheonix Copley, Goalie, Michigan Tech

Following a very solid showing against then No. 1-ranked Minnesota at home two weekends ago, Copley was given a taste of what it’s like to play on the road in the WCHA this past weekend in Denver. On Friday, he gave up four goals on 15 shots and was yanked after the second period. In Saturday night’s rematch, he surrendered five goals on 28 shots.

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