Feb. 12, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomores Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) have been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week following Minnesota's series sweep over Bemidji State last weekend. Brandt is the Offensive Player of the Week, and McMillen is the Defensive Player of the Week.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brandt
Brandt led the Gophers with five points in a conference sweep over Bemidji State last weekend at Ridder Arena. She scored four goals on six shots and also added one assist for a five-point series. Brandt earned a +3 plus/minus rating in the two games.
In Minnesota’s 10-0 win over the Beavers last Friday, Brandt scored two goals on four shots and was on the ice for three Gopher goals for a +3 rating. She followed up her two-goal effort with three points in the Gophers' 5-3 win last Saturday, scoring two goals on two shots and adding one assist. She netted the team’s first goal on the power-play at 7:15 of the first period, set up freshman Kate Flug’s first career goal for a 3-0 lead at 1:55 of the second, and then notched Minnesota’s fifth goal to seal the win at 18:54 of the second.
Brandt, who has 13 points (5g-8a) during her current eight-game point streak, leads the WCHA in scoring with 49 points (18g, 31a) and ranks second in the nation with 1.63 points per game.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Milica McMillen
McMillen led the Gopher blue line with five points on five assists in Minnesota’s sweep over Bemidji State last weekend. She recorded two assists in Minnesota’s 10-0 win before adding three more helpers in the Gophers’ 5-3 win in game two of the series. McMillen also helped the Gophers hold BSU to three goals on 42 shots for the weekend. She had five shots and two blocked shots and was +5 for the series.
In Minnesota’s 10-0 win, McMillen assisted the final two goals of the game. She was on the ice for four goals, including the game-winner at 9:26 of the first period. McMillen then recorded three more assists, setting up the first goal, the game-winner and the fifth goal in Minnesota’s 5-3 win. McMillen was on the ice for four Gopher goals, including two power-play tallies. She recorded four shots.
McMillen leads the league and ranks second in the nation in points per game among defensemen with 31 points (8g-23a) in 28 games for 1.11 points per game. She also ranks 10th in the nation with 0.82 assists per game.
Brandt, McMillen and the top-ranked Gophers travel to Madison, Wis., for a series at No. 2 Wisconsin this weekend.
Feb. 12, 2014 WCHA Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brandt, F, So., Minnesota
Defensive Player of the Week: Milica McMillen, D, So., Minnesota
Rookie of the Week: Lauren Hespenheide, F, Fr., St. Cloud State
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
Jan. 29: Meghan Lorence, Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 5: Amanda Leveille, Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 12: Hannah Brandt, Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 12: Milica McMillen, Defensive Player of the Week
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