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Wis. – Two first-year forwards who played key roles for their respective teams
last weekend –Rocco Grimaldi of the University of North Dakota and David Morley
of St. Cloud State University – have been named Red Baron® WCHA co-Rookies of
the Week for Dec. 11.
A 5-6, 170-pound right wing from Rossmoor, California, Grimaldi put together a
pair of dynamic performances as UND took three points from first place and No.
6 Denver. He had a goal and three assists in last Saturday’s 6-3 win, the first
four-point game by a UND freshman since the 2003-04 season. He figured in on
four straight goals as UND turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead, scoring a
first-period goal to tie the game and assisting on three second-period tallies,
including the game-winner. He also led all players with a career-high eight
shots on goal, was a +2 and was named the game’s first star. In last Friday’s
2-2 (ot) tie, Grimaldi was named the game’s No. 3 star without even reaching
the scoresheet, tying for a game-high with five shots on goal and earning a +1.
In 16 games played, Grimaldi is second in scoring among first-year WCHA players
with 15 points (6g, 9a).
Morley, a 5-7, 170-pound right wing from Richmond Hills, Ontario, helped the
host Huskies to a weekend split against No. 14 Nebraska Omaha on Dec. 7-8 in
St. Cloud. He opened the weekend with a career performance, charting his first
collegiate three-goal hat trick, contributing four points and putting six shots
on goal in a 6-5 loss after SCSU trailed 6-3 in the third period. It was the
first hat trick by a St. Cloud State freshman since Drew LeBlanc against
Colorado College in 2008-09. Last Saturday, Morley had three more shots on goal
and was a perfect 6-0 on face-offs in the Huskies’ 2-1 win over UNO, giving him
nine shots on goal for the series. Morley now has