Oct. 30, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Junior defenseman Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) was named this week's WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after recording two points on one goal and one assist in Minnesota's sweep of Bemidji State last weekend.
Ramsey and the Gophers remained perfect on the season, posting 4-0 and 4-3 victories over the Beavers on the road to improve to 8-0-0. In addition to recording two points, Ramsey led Minnesota's defensemen with nine shots, recorded a +1 rating and blocked one BSU shot in the series.
Unafraid to step up into the Gophers’ offense, Ramsey carried the puck end-to-end multiple times in the series against the Beavers. She recorded her third goal of the season to put Minnesota up 2-0 at 6:58 of the second period in Friday’s 4-0 win. She also picked up an assist on Kate Schipper’s power-play goal, which gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Ramsey was on the ice for three of Minnesota’s four goals on Friday. She added three shots in Saturday’s 4-3 win.
Ramsey’s goal moved her into ninth place all-time among Gopher defensemen with 16 career goals. She is one point and one assist shy of 10th all-time among Gopher defensemen with 60 career points and 44 career assists as well. Ramsey is tied for 15th in the country among defensemen with 0.75 points per game.
Minnesota faces Minnesota State in a home-and-home series this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena and 3:07 p.m. Saturday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.
WCHA Player of the Week Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Michelle Karvinen, Sr., F, North Dakota
Defensive Player of the Week: Rachel Ramsey, Jr., D, Minnesota
Rookie of the Week: Sydney Morin, Fr., D, Minnesota Duluth
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
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. North Dakota
Minnesota and North Dakota face off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ridder Arena.
No. 3 Gophers Shut Out No. 8 Fighting Hawks
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel led the Gophers with two points each in the 3-0 win at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Schipper Credits Gophers' Success to Passion
Junior Kate Schipper has already matched her season-high for points with 29 points in 27 games this season.