Matson, Condon snag WCHA honors

by Austin Cumblad

On the heels of a 13-goal weekend, the Minnesota men’s hockey team had two players honored with weekly WCHA awards. Junior Taylor Matson was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Nate Condon was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Matson, who missed large chunks of his freshman and sophomore seasons with injury, entered this year with just three career goals. He matched that total against Colorado College last weekend, scoring twice on Friday in the Gophers’ 4-1 win and once more Saturday as part of a 9-4 drubbing of the Tigers.

Condon, meanwhile, was quiet Friday but broke out Saturday in a big way. He was the only Minnesota skater to score twice during the team’s nine goal romp and also had three assists. Condon is the fourth highest scoring player on the Gophers, but, perhaps surprisingly, is not the most prolific freshman. Erik Haula has two goals and eight assists this season. Of course, if Condon makes five-point games a habit, he’ll blow past just about everyone in a hurry.