Nelson was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, while O'Donnell garnered WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.
It was the second straight week in which Nelson captured at least a share of the award after being named WCHA co-Offensive Player of the Week one week earlier. A sophomore from Warroad, Minn., Nelson collected four goals and an assist in UND's two wins at UAA last weekend. In Friday's 5-2 victory, Nelson potted a pair of power-play goals and led all players with eight shots on goal. In Saturday's 4-1 win, Nelson had two more goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist.
Nelson leads the WCHA with 12 goals during league games and has a team-leading 14 goals overall. His nine power-play goals lead the nation and are more than halfway to the UND single-season record of 17, shared by Ryan Duncan (2006-07) and Doug Smail (1979-80). A first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2010, Nelson has 11 points (7g, 4a) during a current 4-game point streak and has four 2-goal games in his last six outings.
O'Donnell scored a pair of goals on Friday and was a +2, helping spark the eventual UND win. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native scored twice in the game's opening minutes, with the second goal holding up as the game-winner. A sixth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2010, O'Donnell now has three goals in six games since returning from a six-game injury absence.
Bemidji State senior defenseman Brad Hunt was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
Nelson, O'Donnell and the 19th-ranked Fighting Sioux (8-7-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) host Nebraska Omaha on Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
~ Go Sioux ~