EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 17, 2015 – A record-breaking night for one of the league's all-time greats, an all-around performance by a defenseman and a NCAA-leading effort by a rookie highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Nov. 9-15, 2015. The honorees are: Minnesota senior forward Hannah Brandt (Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin junior defenseman Jenny Ryan (Defensive Player of the Week) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Julia Tylke (Rookie of the Week).
Hannah Brandt, Sr., F
Minnesota (Vadnais Heights, Minn.)
Brandt continued to cement her place in WCHA lore during a five-goal effort Saturday, one which included several individual milestones and helped No. 3 Minnesota to a sweep over No. 5/4 Bemidji State. Her five goals, which included one power-play strike and a natural hat trick, matched Nadine Muzerall's 15-year-old program record and tied for the second-highest single-game total in WCHA history. The league's first five-goal performance since 2008 included the first three goals of the game and the final two scores, leading the Gophers to an 8-3 victory.
Brandt's first goal Saturday was the 100th of her career, making her the fourth player in Minnesota history to reach the milestone (since 1997-98) and the 13th in WCHA annals (since 1999-2000). Her fifth goal marked her 247th career point, pushing her past Natalie Darwitz (246 career points on 102 goals and 144 assists) as the Gophers' all-time career points leader (fifth in WCHA history).
Also nominated: Molly Illikainen, Sr., F, St. Cloud State; Amy Menke, Jr., F, North Dakota; Annie Pankowski, So., F, Wisconsin
Jenny Ryan, Jr., D
Wisconsin (Victor, N.Y.)
Ryan excelled on both ends of the ice, helping the top-ranked Badgers extend their all-time NCAA record scoreless streak and earn a WCHA road sweep at Minnesota Duluth. The junior from Victor, N.Y. tallied a career-high three assists Friday, picking up the helper on all three Wisconsin goals in a 3-0 triumph – the Badgers' ninth-straight shutout. She also recorded an assist on UW's first goal in a 4-2 victory Saturday, as the Badgers' assistant captain led all NCAA defensemen last week with four helpers overall.
Also nominated: Sydney Baldwin, So., D, Minnesota; Katie Fitzgerald, Sr., G, St. Cloud State; Halli Krzyzaniak, Jr., D, North Dakota
Julia Tylke, Fr., F
St. Cloud State (Delafield, Wis.)
Tylke put on a show during St. Cloud State's sweep, leading all NCAA rookies with three goals and 2.00 points per game, while tying for the week's high-water mark with four overall points (matching a freshman who had one additional game). The freshman from Delafield, Wis. scored SCSU's first and fourth goals on Friday night in a 4-1, series-opening victory. On Saturday, the Huskies scored three times in the first period en route to a 4-2 win, and Tylke chipped in with an assist on the opening goal before scoring the third herself. She finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a +3 rating.
Also nominated: Maddy Field, Fr., F, Ohio State; Anna Kilponen, Fr., D, North Dakota; Taylor Williamson, Fr., F, Minnesota