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Player of the Week candidates for Jan. 2-7

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 01/10/17, 11:15AM CST


Click here to see who won the honor.

This week's winner

Landon Karst, Shakopee. Karst scored twice – the second was a shorthanded goal that held up as the game-winner – in Shakopee’s 3-2 win over Hastings.

The other candidates

Lewis Crosby, Edina. The junior scored a first-period hat trick and added an assist in No. 4-2A Edina’s 5-4 win over Burnsville. All of Crosby’s goals came within a span of 6 minutes, 37 seconds.

Luke Posner, Mahtomedi. The senior scored three goals and added one assist in No. 8-1A Mahtomedi’s 7-5 win over Totino-Grace.

Blake Brandt, Lakeville North. The junior helped No. 7-2A Lakeville North to a 7-0 win over Apple Valley, scoring three goals and adding one assist.

Justin Kelley, Maple Grove. The senior recorded a hat trick in Maple Grove’s 5-3 win over No. 6-2A Centennial.

Brandon Mehlhop, New Ulm. Mehlhop scored three times, including a shorthanded goal and the eventual game-winner, in New Ulm’s 4-1 win over Luverne.

Sam Fritz, Spring Lake Park. The sophomore tallied four goals to lift Spring Lake Park over Osseo 5-1.

Noah Bawek, Austin. The junior goaltender recorded 24 saves in backing Austin to a 1-0 overtime victory against Mankato West.

Cody Kolb, St. Francis. The sophomore defenseman scored two goals, including the game-winner with 13 seconds left in the third period, in St. Francis’ win over Anoka 3-2.

Max Eilefson, Irondale. The junior goaltender stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over Osseo.

*Stats and records as of Jan. 8

Players are considered for the Player of the Week poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Hockey Hub by Sunday at 10 a.m. If any coaches or members of their coaching staff would like to be set up to enter stats, please email john.kelsey@sportsengine.com.

Voting ended Saturday at noon


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