Jan. 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has named sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) the league's Defensive Player of the Week.
Leveille recorded back-to-back shutout victories over Minnesota State last weekend, making 19 saves in each game. She held the Mavericks scoreless on five power-play opportunities in the series.
Last Friday saw Leveille make 19 saves as the Gophers outshot MSU 51-19 in a 4-0 win before 6,623 on the outdoor ice at TCF Bank Stadium in the Hockey City Classic. She followed that effort up with 19 more saves as Minnesota went on the road and earned a 5-0 win in the series finale at All Seasons Arena in Mankato on Sunday.
Leveille is now riding 126:41 of shutout hockey, including 6:41 of the Gophers’ 2-2 overtime tie with Ohio State on Jan. 11 prior to her back-to-back complete-game shutouts over the Mavericks.
Leveille and the Gophers are 22-1-1 overall. She ranks fourth in the nation and third among WCHA goaltenders with a 1.19 goals against average and a .948 save percentage. She also leads the WCHA and is second in the NCAA with eight shutouts.
This week's honor marks the second of the season for Leveille. She also picked up player of the week accolades on Oct. 16 after making a career-high 61 saves in Minnesota's series sweep over then-No. 4 Wisconsin.
Minnesota faces St. Cloud State at home at Ridder Arena this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT both Friday and Saturday nights. Live video, audio and stats are available at GopherSports.com.
WCHA Women’s Offensive Player of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week: Brittany Ammerman, F, Jr., Wisconsin
Defensive Player of the Week: Amanda Leveille, G, So., Minnesota
Rookie of the Week: Lexie Shaw, G, Fr., North Dakota
2013-14 Gopher WCHA Weekly Award Winners
Oct. 9: Rachael Bona, Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 16: Amanda Leveille, Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 23: Dani Cameranesi, Rookie of the Week
Oct. 30: Rachel Ramsey, Defensive Player of the Week
Nov. 6: Kelly Terry, Offensive Player of the Week
Nov. 13: Sarah Davis, Offensive Player of the Week
Nov. 27: Meghan Lorence, Offensive Player of the Week
Dec. 11: Rachael Bona, Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Dec. 11: Milica McMillen, Defensive Player of the Week
Dec. 11: Dani Cameranesi, Rookie of the Week
Jan. 15: Dani Cameranesi, Rookie of the Week
Jan. 22: Amanda Leveille, Defensive Player of the Week
Gophers Earn Road Sweep
Minnesota defeated Minnesota State, 2-1, in game two of this weekend's series to secure a WCHA sweep.
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. Minnesota State
Minnesota and Minnesota State face off at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.
Gophers Roll Past Mavericks, 11-1
Seven Gophers scored goals as Minnesota earned an 11-1 win over Minnesota State on the road Friday afternoon.