EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 20, 2015 – Repeat winners with another round of standout performances, along with the first 2015-16 weekly honor for the two-time reigning league player of the year, highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Oct. 12-18, 2015. The honorees are: Minnesota senior forward Hannah Brandt (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State junior goaltender Brittni Mowat (Defensive Player of the Week) and Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Potomak (Rookie of the Week).
Hannah Brandt, Sr., F
Minnesota (Vadnais Heights, Minnesota)
Brandt tied for the NCAA lead with eight points last week, tallying three goals and five assists as top-ranked Minnesota swept a WCHA road series at Ohio State. The senior from Vadnais Heights, Minn. handed out a pair of assists in the Gophers' 7-2 win Friday, before tying the second-highest single-game scoring output in school history with a six-point performance Saturday. Brandt recorded her second hat trick of the season by scoring Minnesota's fourth, sixth and 10th goals of the game, while assisting on the Gophers' first, third (game-winner) and seventh scores of the contest. Overall for the weekend, she was on the ice for nine of Minnesota's 18 goals, finished with a +8 rating and won 29-of-38 face-offs (.763).
Also nominated: Michela Cava, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth; Sarah Nurse, Jr., F, Wisconsin; Kaitlyn Tougas, Sr., F, Bemidji State
Brittni Mowat, Jr., G
Bemidji State (Glenboro, Manitoba)
For the second-consecutive week, Mowat was nearly perfect between the pipes and, for the second-straight time, takes home WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors. This past weekend, the junior from Glenboro, Manitoba stopped 56-of-57 shots (.982 save percentage) as then-No. 8 Bemidji State went 1-0-1 against then-No. 6 North Dakota. The returning All-American opened the weekend with a 32-save shutout (13th career blanking) in a 0-0 tie, an effort that included 10 stops in the third period and five in overtime. Saturday, Mowat made 24 saves, including four in the third period and four in OT, allowing the Beavers to rally for a 2-1, extra-time victory.
Also nominated: Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Sr., G, North Dakota; Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G, Wisconsin; Brianna Quade, Jr., G, Minnesota State; Megan Wolfe, Jr., D, Minnesota
Sarah Potomak, Fr., F
Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Potomak repeats as WCHA Rookie of the Week after leading the country with eight assists during Minnesota's sweep at Ohio State. The freshman from Aldergrove, British Columbia recorded four assists in each game, including setting up both game-winners, as the Gophers won by scores of 7-2 and 11-2. The standout rookie was on the ice for 10 of Minnesota's 18 goals during the series, finishing with a +9 rating and three shots on goal. Potomak has at least one point in each of her first six collegiate games, and leads the Gophers, the WCHA and the nation with 18 points (3g-14a).
Also nominated: Emily Antony, Fr., F, Minnesota State; Emily Bergland, F, Bemidji State; Maddie Rooney, Fr., G, Minnesota Duluth