EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 3, 2015 – Following a month of several outstanding individual and team performances, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today recognized its award winners for November 2015: Minnesota junior forward Dani Cameranesi (Offensive Player of the Month), St. Cloud State senior goaltender Katie Fitzgerald (Defensive Player of the Month) and Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Potomak (Rookie of the Month).
Dani Cameranesi, Jr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minn.)
Cameranesi was the nation's most prolific playmaker in November, leading the NCAA with 18 points in just six games. Her NCAA-best 3.00 points per game included eight goals and 10 assists, while she recorded at least one point in all six contests – including five multi-point performances. The junior from Plymouth, Minn. ranked second in the WCHA for goals, goals per game (1.33), assists and assists per game (1.67), while her +14 rating trailed only Gophers' linemates Hannah Brandt and Sarah Potomak. Additionally, Cameranesi's eight goals during November came on just 22 shots, good for a league-best .364 shooting percentage. She found the back of the net in five games, including a hat trick Nov. 20 against Yale.
Cameranesi also led the WCHA with six power-play points and four power-play goals in November, leading a Minnesota unit that paced the league with a 55.6 power play percentage last month (10-for-18).
Also nominated: Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Jr., F, Minnesota Duluth; Emily Clark, So., F, Wisconsin; Molly Illikainen, Sr., F, St. Cloud State; Amy Menke, Jr., F, North Dakota; Kaitlyn Tougas, Sr., F, Bemidji State
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 Fitzgerald backstopped St. Cloud State to a program-record six-game winning streak, as the Huskies swept a pair of WCHA series and were a perfect 6-0-0 overall in November. The senior from Des Plaines, Ill. paced WCHA goaltenders and tied for the NCAA lead with six wins, while she ranked second in the league for goals-against average (1.33), save percentage (.950) and minutes (360:00), and was third for saves (152). Fitzgerald allowed two-goals-or-fewer in all six games, including a shutout and two contests in which she allowed just a single score.
Fitzgerald made at least 20 saves in each game during November, while she led the WCHA with 54 stops in the third period. Those efforts helped St. Cloud State close out two one-goal wins and a pair of two-goal victories.
Also nominated: Ivana Bilic, Sr., D, Bemidji State; Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G, Wisconsin; Tanja Eisenschmid, Sr., D, North Dakota; Dani Sadek, So., D, Ohio State; Brianna Quade, Jr., G, Minnesota State
Sarah Potomak, Fr., F
Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Potomak continued to stake her claim as college hockey's top freshman, once again leading all NCAA rookies with 14 points on three goals and a national-best 11 assists. The Aldergrove, British Columbia native tallied at least one point in five of her six games, helping nationally third-ranked Minnesota to a perfect 6-0-0 record. Her 14 points ranked third in the WCHA behind only Gophers' linemates Dani Cameranesi and Hannah Brandt, while her +15 rating was good for second in the league. Among WCHA freshmen, Potomak was tops in assists, points, assists per game (1.83), points per game (2.33), power-play assists and points (four), game-winning goals (one), shots on goal (25), shots per game (4.17) and on-ice rating.
Potomak twice earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors during November, including after an epic performance Nov. 27 in which she tied the Minnesota program record with seven points (two goals, five assists).
Also nominated: Julia Tylke, Fr., F, St. Cloud State