Athlete of the Week February 22, 2012

Taylor Nelson: The Torch sports staff will select a Bulldog student-athlete each week based on athletic performance. Nominations may be sent to Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor
Taylor Nelson


FSU Ice Hockey

Regina, Saskatchewan/Humboldt (SJHL)

Bulldog senior goaltender Taylor Nelson was selected as this issue’s “Athlete of the Week” following outstanding performances in FSU’s two-game sweep of Bowling Green State University (Feb. 17-18). In Friday’s game, Nelson nearly shutout the Falcons’ offense as the nationally top-ranked Bulldogs posted a 5-1 victory over visiting BGSU. He made 19 saves to earn the win. In Saturday night’s 4-1 win, Nelson notched 21 saves for FSU. With his help, the Bulldogs improved to 22-8-4 overall and 16-6-4 in CCHA play. As a result of Saturday’s victory, FSU clinched a share of the CCHA regular-season title. It is the first conference championship for the program since the 2002-03 season.

This season Nelson has appeared in 19 games for the Bulldogs. He has recorded 492 saves and allowed just 45 goals. In addition, Nelson has amassed a .916 overall saves percentage.

Come watch Nelson and the rest of the FSU ice hockey team as they host Western Michigan University Feb. 25 in the regular-season finale as the Bulldogs try to win sole possession of the CCHA Championship. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. n