EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 3, 2016 – With the 2015-16 campaign entering the stretch run, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today recognized its award winners for January 2016: Minnesota junior forward Dani Cameranesi (Offensive Player of the Month), Wisconsin junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens (Defensive Player of the Month) and Minnesota State freshman forward Emily Antony (Rookie of the Month).
Dani Cameranesi, Jr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Cameranesi helped No. 3 Minnesota to a perfect 8-0-0 record in January, tying for the WCHA lead with 12 points and 1.50 points per game. The junior from Plymouth, Minn. paced the WCHA's top-ranked offense with six goals and six assists, finding the back of the net in six-of-eight games and logging four multi-point efforts. Cameranesi was an important member of the Gophers' NCAA-best power-play unit in January, leading the country with four markers as Minnesota was 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) during the month. She had a three-point series in the Gophers' sweep of Ohio State, logged two points in two wins over Minnesota State, tallied five in a pair of victories at St. Cloud State and finished the month with two points in a 2-0-0 weekend at No. 7 Bemidji State. Cameranesi finished January with 35 shots on goal and a +10 rating. For the season, Cameranesi leads the WCHA with 53 points (third NCAA), 25 goals (third), 0.93 goals per game (third), 12 power-play goals (first), 16 power-play points (second) and a .255 scoring percentage (first).
Also nominated: Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Jr., F, Minnesota Duluth (led UMD with eight assists and 10 points); Meghan Dufault, Sr., F, North Dakota (scored in four of her five games, with one goal and six assists to factor in 50 percent of No. 8 UND's scoring); Kristin Huber, Sr., F, Bemidji State (led No. 7 BSU with three goals); Julia McKinnon, Sr., F, Ohio State (tallied 11 points on five goals and six assists, scoring in six of her eight games); Sarah Nurse, Jr., F, Wisconsin (led the WCHA and ranked second nationally with eight goals for No. 2 UW).
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G
Wisconsin (La Malbaie, Québec)
Desbiens continued her sensational junior campaign with a perfect January for the second-ranked Badgers, going 8-0-0 for while earning a WCHA-high four shutouts. The junior from La Malbaie, Quebec led the nation with eight wins (tied), a .976 save percentage (166-for-170) and a 0.50 goals-against average, while logging all but 25 seconds of Wisconsin's 480:00 minutes in net. She recorded 1-0 shutouts in wins over No. 7 Bemidji State and No. 8 North Dakota, and allowed no more than one goal in any of her eight contests. On the season, Desbiens leads the country in save percentage (.966), goals-against average (0.62), wins (24) and shutouts (14). Her 14 shutouts this year are tied for the most in program history and are the third-most in NCAA history, while her 31 career blank slates are also the third-most in NCAA history.
Also nominated: Halli Krzyzaniak, Jr., D, North Dakota (led No. 8 UND with a +4 rating, while contributing two goals, two assists, 17 shots on goal and 13 blocked shots); Brittni Mowat, Jr., G, Bemidji State (went 4-4-0 for No. 7 BSU, with a 2.17 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout); Dani Sadek, So., D, Ohio State (tied for the NCAA lead with five power-play points, while contributing nine points overall and 19 blocked shots); Lee Stecklein, Jr., D, Minnesota (led WCHA defensemen with four goals, while contributing three assists and a +7 rating for No. 3 UMN).
Emily Antony, Fr., F
Minnesota State (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Antony emerged as one of the nation's top rookie playmakers in January, tying for the NCAA lead among freshmen with 11 points and eight assists, while ranking fourth (second in the WCHA) with 1.10 points per game. The freshman from Plymouth, Minn. recorded a point in five of her eight WCHA games, including a combined five points – and a +2 rating – against No. 3 Minnesota and No. 8 North Dakota. Antony helped Minnesota State to a nonconference win over Lindenwood and three WCHA ties, along with a fourth overtime contest in league play. She had a five-point series against Ohio State and capped the month with a career-high three assists in a 5-5 tie at UND. On the season, Antony is tied for second among freshmen with nine assists and 14 points in WCHA games.
Also nominated: Lauren Boyle, Fr., D, Ohio State (led WCHA freshmen with three power-play points among her five overall); Sam Cogan, Fr., F, Wisconsin (finished second among WCHA rookies with a +8 rating, while tallying four points for No. 2 UW); Dorci Medgyes, Fr., F, North Dakota (scored her first collegiate goal in a 4-3 win against Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 16); Sarah Potomak, Fr., F, Minnesota (led WCHA rookies with 1.25 points per game and a +10 rating, finishing with 10 points for No. 3 UMN); Julia Tylke, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (had three assists, while both her goals were game-winners – tied for tops among WCHA freshmen).