EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 1, 2015 – For their efforts in helping their teams to a pair of road sweeps, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Nov. 23-29, 2015 are: Minnesota junior forward Dani Cameranesi (Offensive Player of the Week), St. Cloud State senior goaltender Katie Fitzgerald (Defensive Player of the Week) and Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Potomak (Rookie of the Week).
Dani Cameranesi, Jr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minn.)
Cameranesi helped third-ranked Minnesota to a WCHA road sweep in two very different ways, tying for third in the country with six points over the course of a rout and a tightly-contested contest. The junior from Plymouth, Minn. recorded five points on two goals and three assists in the Gophers' 11-1 win Friday at Minnesota State, before breaking a 1-1 tie with the second-period, game-winning strike Saturday. Cameranesi scored twice on just four shots Friday, giving Minnesota a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game before netting her NCAA-best eighth power-play goal of the season. Saturday, her strike at the 14:32 mark of the second period proved to be the difference in the game. Cameranesi finished the weekend tied for the WCHA lead with three goals, while logging eight shots and a +7 rating. She was on the ice for nine of Minnesota's 13 goals.
Also nominated: Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Jr., F, Minnesota Duluth; Emily Clark, So., F, Wisconsin; Molly Illikainen, Sr., F, St. Cloud State; Becca Kohler, Sr., F, North Dakota
Katie Fitzgerald, Sr., G
St. Cloud State (Des Plains, Ill.)
Fitzgerald backstopped St. Cloud State to a road sweep at Lindenwood, running the Huskies' winning streak to a program-record six-straight games. The senior from Des Plains, Ill. repeated as the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Week after posting a 1.00 goals-against average and stopping 45-of-47 shots on the weekend for a .957 save percentage. Fitzgerald stopped all 21 shots she faced Saturday, leading the Huskies to a 2-0 victory with her first shutout of the season (third career blanking). Sunday, she turned aside 24-of-26 shots as SCSU held on for the 3-2 win. Fitzgerald's efforts also helped the Huskies hold Lindenwood scoreless in three power-play opportunities.
Also nominated: Ann-Renee Desbiens, Jr., G, Wisconsin; Megan Wolfe, Jr., D, Minnesota
Sarah Potomak, Fr., F
Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Potomak matched a Minnesota program record with seven points in the Gophers' 11-1 win on Friday, tallying two goals and five assists to equal the standard set by Nadine Muzerall and Hannah Brandt. The freshman from Aldergrove, British Columbia assisted on Minnesota's first, third, fourth, eighth and tenth goals, while potting the Gophers' seventh and ninth scores herself. In Saturday's 2-1 win to seal the sweep, Potomak was on the ice for the Gophers' game-winning score. She finished the series with a +7 rating and was on the ice for nine of Minnesota's 13 goals. There have only been four other games in WCHA history where a player has tallied more points than Potomak's seven on Friday (three nine-point efforts and one eight-point outing).
Also nominated: Sam Cogan, Fr., F, Wisconsin; Julia Tylke, Fr., F, St. Cloud State