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OC Hockey Club grad Nelson chosen WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

 

Nelson_Aaron_1O0T3979xWhen the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference handed out its weekly player awards this week, one player named has California ties in Aaron Nelson.

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WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Aaron Nelson, Jr., G, Minnesota State (Bismarck, N.D.)

Nelson made his first collegiate appearances and backstopped No. 18 Minnesota State to a WCHA road sweep at Alabama-Huntsville, leading the WCHA with two wins, a .959 save percentage, a 1.00 goals-against average and one shutout.

The junior from Bismarck, N.D., turned in an 18-save shutout in his collegiate debut, a 3-0 Mavericks’ victory in Friday’s series opener. He then turned aside 29 shots Saturday, clinching Minnesota State’s sweep with a 3-2 triumph. Nelson held the Chargers scoreless on eight power-play chances on the weekend, stopping all 13 shots faced in that scenario.

He wrapped up his first weekend of play as one of six NCAA goaltenders to post two wins, while his 47 saves (on 49 shots) ranked third in the WCHA.

As a youth, Nelson spent time with the OC Hockey Club.