Brandt, Kessel and Räty Receive WCHA Weekly Honors
Noora Räty

Feb. 6, 2013

WCHA Weekly Honors

Offensive Player of the Week

Oct. 3
Kessel 3g-3a, 1 GWG vs. Colgate
Nov. 7 Kessel 1g-3a vs. Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 15 Kessel 6g-4a, 1 GWG vs. North Dakota
Jan. 22 Kessel 3g-4a, 200th career point vs. Minnesota State
Feb. 6 Kessel 3g-5a, 1 GWG vs. Minnesota Duluth

Defensive Player of the Week

Oct. 24 Räty 2-0, 1 SHO, 35 saves, 83rd career win vs. Ohio State
Nov. 20 Bozek 2g-3a vs. Minnesota State
Dec. 5 Räty 2-0, 1 SHO, 41 saves vs. Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 30 Räty 2-0, 1 SHO, 47 saves, 100th career win vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 6 Räty 2-0, 1 SHO, 40 saves, NCAA career wins record vs. Minnesota Duluth

Rookie of the Week

Oct. 3 Brandt 5g-4a, 1 GWG vs. Colgate
Oct. 10 Menefee 3g-1a,1 GWG vs. St. Cloud State
Oct. 24 Brandt 2g-4a vs. Ohio State
Oct. 31 McMillen 2g-1a vs. North Dakota
Nov. 7 Brandt 0g-4a vs. Minnesota Duluth
Nov. 20 Brandt 3g-2a, 1 GWG vs. Minnesota State
Dec. 12 Brandt 1g-2a vs. Bemidji State
Jan. 30 Brandt 2g-2a, 2 GWG vs. Wisconsin
Fe. 6 Brandt 1g-4a vs. Minnesota Duluth

The University of Minnesota women's hockey team collected three WCHA Player of the Week honors on Wednesday as announced by the league office. Junior Amanda Kessel was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her eight-point weekend, while freshman Hannah Brandt was tagged Rookie of the Week for garnering five points. Senior Noora Raty received Defensive Player of the Week for posting two wins and becoming the NCAA's career wins record holder. The trio helped the Maroon & Gold sweep Minnesota Duluth this past weekend and claim their seventh WCHA regular season title.

Kessel notched eight points (3g-5a) the sweep of UMD. The junior forward began the series with a four-point Friday night (2g-2a) in the Gophers' 5-0 victory. On Saturday, she followed with another four-point game (1g-3a), including scoring the game-winning goal in the third period. Kessel, who leads the nation in scoring with 83 points, led the team with 11 shots on goal and a plus/minus ratio of +6.

Kessel shares the Offensive Player of the Week honor with North Dakota's Josefine Jakobsen. This is the fifth WCHA honor for the Madison, Wis. native this season and the ninth of her career.

Räty, who also received the Defensive Player of the Week accolade last week, garnered a pair of wins while also setting the NCAA career wins record. The senior goaltender made 24 saves on Friday night to post her 37th career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Bulldogs. Raty's win was the 101st of her career, which makes her the NCAA career wins record holder. On Saturday, the Finnish native had 16 saves in the Gophers' 6-2 win.

This is Räty's fourth WCHA Defensive Player of the Week this season and the 13th league honor of her career.

Brandt, who was Rookie of the Week last week, tallied five points (1g-4a) in the Gophers' sweep of Minnesota Duluth. The freshman notched a pair of assists in Friday night's 5-0 win over UMD. On Saturday, she recorded a power play goal in the second period and assisted on two other Gopher goals, including Kessel's game-winner. Brandt, who is second in the nation in scoring with 67 points, posted a plus/minus ratio of +5 on the weekend, which was only topped by Kessel.

The Vadnais Heights, Minn. native has now received Rookie of the Week honors seven times this year.

Minnesota hits the road this weekend as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State. Games are slated for Friday at 6 p.m. CT and Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.




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