So what will Nick Widing do for an encore act? His first three weeks as a college hockey player have been a big success. Widing, a freshman forward from Somerset, Wis., is the recipient of the MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete Of the Week. Widing was honored for his total of three goals and three assists as the Pipers started defense of their conference crown with an overall record of 4-2 and a league mark of 2-0.
But it was more than just the raw numbers that sent the tide in Widing's direction. It was when he got the goals and assists that counted the most. he scored the winner in Overtime for a 3-2 win against Augsburg, October 30, at the MIAC Showcase. Last weekend, he was at it again in the sweep of St. Mary's. On Friday, the Cardinals had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game eight seconds into the second period. A minute later, Widing untied it with a stuff shot and HU went on to a 6-4 victory. In Winona on Saturday, he set up the second period goal that gave HU a 3-2 lead. St. Mary's tied the game and forced overtime. In the first minute of the extra session, Widing shot up the middle and fired a shot that SMU goalie Andy Scheib barely stopped. Ryan McElhone swooped in for the rebound winner and sent the Pipers home in a happy mood.
Widing and the Pipers return to action this weekend against St. Olaf. They play Friday night in Northfield and Saturday night at their new home rink, the Vadnais Heights Sports Complex. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Saturday