EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 16, 2016 – For their efforts in helping their teams go undefeated last weekend – including a pair of teammates who celebrated the league's regular season title – the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Feb. 8-14, 2016 are: Minnesota junior forward Dani Cameranesi (Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin senior defenseman Courtney Burke (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Sophia Shaver (Rookie of the Week).
Dani Cameranesi, Jr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Cameranesi led Minnesota with five points as the third-ranked Gophers earned a road sweep at Minnesota Duluth. The junior from Plymouth, Minn. collected two assists and tied for the WCHA lead with three goals, while her 1.50 goals per game mark tied for tops in the NCAA. She opened the weekend with a one-goal, one-assist effort in Minnesota's 7-3 win on Friday, then helped set the tone for the Gophers in a 6-2 win Sunday. Cameranesi assisted on Kelly Pannek's marker just 1:28 into the game, before scoring back-to-back goals just 30 seconds apart in the second period to put Minnesota ahead, 5-1. For the season, Cameranesi ranks third in goals (28) and goals per game (1.32), fourth in points (59) and points per game (1.90), and sixth in assists (31) and assists per game (1.00) among NCAA players. Her 12 power-play goals and .255 scoring percentage lead the nation as well. This Cameranesi's second WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and tenth career honor (including four Rookie of the Week accolades).
Also nominated: Alexis Joyce, So., D, Bemidji State (led No. 7 BSU with three goals as the Beavers earned a home sweep of visiting Ohio State); Becca Kohler, Sr., F, North Dakota (scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in No. 9 UND's victory over St. Cloud State last Saturday, while finishing the weekend with a .638 mark in the face-off circle and five blocked shots); Annie Pankowski, So., F, Wisconsin (tallied four points on a goal and three assists as No. 2 UW swept visiting Minnesota State).
Courtney Burke, Sr., D
Wisconsin (Albany, New York)
After recording an assist in UW's 4-0 win on Saturday, Burke enjoyed a milestone-filled day on Sunday during the second-ranked Badgers' 8-1 win over Minnesota State. After being recognized during Senior Day festivities, Burke scored a first-period goal to become the third UW defenseman to reach 100 career points and the 19th player in program history to reach the milestone. The UW captain went on to add four assists for a career-high five points, helping the Badgers clinch the WCHA regular season title for the fifth time in program history. Her six points were a conference-best mark over the weekend, while her +5 plus/minus rating was tied for the conference lead. The Albany, New York native ranks third in the country in scoring and tops in the conference in points per game among defensemen, averaging 0.97 points per game. Burke also leads the conference in plus/minus with a +46 plus/minus rating. This is Burke's first WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and her second career honor (including one Rookie of the Week accolade).
Also nominated: Ivana Bilic, Sr., D, Bemidji State (assisted on both game-winning goals and recorded an NCAA-best 14 blocks during No. 7 BSU's home sweep of visiting Ohio State); Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Sr., G, North Dakota (stopped 28-of-29 shots on the weekend, including an 18-save shutout of St. Cloud State on Saturday for No. 9 UND); Katie Fitzgerald, Sr., G, St. Cloud State (logged a 39-save shutout Saturday in SCSU's 1-0 win at No. 9 UND).
Sophia Shaver, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Wayzata, Minnesota)
Shaver tallied a career high three assists in Wisconsin's 8-1 win over Minnesota State on Sunday, helping the nationally second-ranked Badgers to clinch the fifth WCHA regular season title in program history. Her three assists last weekend were the most by a WCHA rookie and her +5 plus/minus rating was also a league-best mark by a freshman. The Wayzata, Minn., native now has six goals and six assists this season and her season +19 plus/minus rating is the third-best mark among WCHA rookies. This is Shaver's first career WCHA weekly award.
Also nominated: Anna Kilponen, Fr., D, North Dakota (recorded her sixth-career assist in No. 9 UND's 3-0 win against St. Cloud State on Saturday, while helping the Fighting Hawks' penalty kill go a perfect 5-for-5 on the weekend); Maddie Rooney, Fr., G, Minnesota Duluth (set a UMD program record with 61 saves Friday evening against No. 3 Minnesota, tied for the third-highest single-game total in WCHA history).