Rivera named WCHA Rookie of the Week

Minnesota State Men’s Hockey freshman forward Nick Rivera has been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for his performance in two Maverick games last weekend.

A native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a product of Omaha of the United States Hockey League, Rivera contributed two goals and two assists as Minnesota State split a two-game league series at Alaska last weekend. Rivera scored the first two goals of his career and assisted on Max Coatta’s goal as the Mavericks skated to a 7-1 victory over the Nanooks Friday. His first goal, scored at 11:00 of the first period, was the first of his college career and proved to be the game-winner. He also drew an assist on a goal by Ian Scheid the next night in Saturday’s 4-2 loss. For the year, the 5-10, 190-lb., winger has two goals and three assists with six shots on goal and is +3 in six games played.

Rated #9 in this week’s USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, the Mavericks are 5-1-0 for 2016-17. Minnesota State continues WCHA action this week with a pair of league contests vs. Ferris State Friday and Saturday.

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