MANKATO — After scoring four points in last weekend's nonconference sweep over Minnesota, Minnesota State junior forward Charlie Gerard was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week and the NCAA's Third Star of the Week.

Gerard, a native of Rocky River, Ohio, scored a goal and had two assists in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Gophers in Minneapolis. On Saturday in Mankato, he assisted on a goal in a 2-1 victory. Gerard also finished the series with six shots on goal and a plus-3 plus-minus.

Gerard's goal Friday was the first game-winning goal of his career. He has scored at least one point in each of his last four games, compiling seven points over that span. He has nine points in eight games this season, helping the Mavericks to a 7-1-0 start.

Minnesota State is now ranked No. 3 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. The top three teams in the country are all from Minnesota: 1. Minnesota Duluth, 2. St. Cloud State, 3. Minnesota State.

Idle talk

The Minnesota State men's and women's teams are both off this week.

The men will return to action Nov. 16-17 at home against WCHA foe Ferris State. Ferris State is hosting Michigan Tech in a conference series this weekend.

The women (4-5-1), will go on the road that same weekend and play a nonconference series against Robert Morris in Pittsburgh.

Super saver

Gustavus Adolphus women's goaltender Amanda DiNella was named MIAC Player of the Week after she eclipsed the 50-plus-save mark for the second time in her career with a 51-stop performance against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday.

The Gusties were outshot 53-21, but DiNella's performance allowed her team to finish in a 2-2 overtime tie.

Gustavus (1-0-1) remained No. 8 in the national poll after the game; Eau Claire is No. 10. The Gusties will open MIAC play this weekend against St. Olaf, playing at Northfield on Friday and at St. Peter on Saturday.

One-timers

The Gustavus (1-2-1) men will play a pair of nonconference games this weekend, Friday at Wisconsin-Superior and Saturday at Wisconsin-Stout. ... Northern Michigan recently announced that it is considering adding women's hockey as a sport. ... The other WCHA men's players of the week were Michigan Tech's Keegan Ford (defenseman), Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen (goalie) and Lake Superior State's Jacob Nordqvist (rookie).

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