Jan. 30, 2013
The WCHA announced Wednesday afternoon that Noora Raty and Hannah Brandt have received weekly league honors for helping the University of Minnesota women's hockey team sweep Wisconsin this past weekend.
Räty was tagged WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after allowing just one goal in a weekend sweep of the Badgers and garnering her NCAA record tying 100th victory. The senior goaltender recorded a total of 47 saves in the two conference games. In Friday's contest, she held UW scoreless to receive the 36th shutout of her career, which is just four away from breaking the NCAA record (39, Jessie Vetter). On Sunday, the Finnish native garnered a 5-1 win to tally her 100th career victory, which is tied with Hillary Pattenden for the NCAA record.
This is Räty's third WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor this season and the 12th league honor of her career.
Brandt was named WCHA Rookie of the Week after tallying four points (2g-2a), including two game-winning goals, in the Gophers' sweep of Wisconsin this past weekend. In Friday's game, she netted the first goal of the game and eventual game-winning goal early in the first period. She followed that game up with one goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-1 victory. Her game -winner came near the end of the first period to put the Gophers up 2-1.
The Hill-Murray graduate has now received the Rookie of the Week honor six times this year. Brandt is second in the nation in points (25g-37a-62pts) behind fellow teammate Amanda Kessel (34g-41a-75pts).
Räty, Brandt and the rest of the Gopher squad look to clinch the WCHA regular season title this weekend as they welcome intra-state rival Minnesota Duluth. The Maroon & Gold need just two points to claim sole possession of their first league crown since the 2009-10 season.
Friday's game against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 6 p.m., while Saturday's game will be live on the Big Ten Network and begins at 2:30 p.m.