Oct. 31, 2012
Freshman defenseman Milica McMillen was tagged by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association as the Rookie of the Week on Wednesday afternoon. McMillen tallied three points (two goals, one assist) to help the top-ranked University of Minnesota sweep North Dakota on the road last weekend.
The St. Paul, Minn. native notched her first goal in the opening game of the series with a blast from the blue line to help the Gophers defeat UND, 5-1. Earlier in the contest, she also assisted senior Megan Bozek on her game-tying goal in the second period. MCMillen added her second goal of the series in the third period of Sunday's 4-2 win by converting a Hannah Brandt rebound and poking it under UND's goaltender. As a blueliner, she also played a huge roll on the defensive end by helping limit North Dakota to 40 shots on goal and only one power-play goal in seven opportunities.
It is the first time that McMillen has received a WCHA honor, but it is the fourth time a Gopher freshman has been named Rookie of the Week with Brandt receiving the award twice (Oct. 3 and Oct. 24) and Maryanne Menefee winning once (Oct. 10).
McMillen and the Golden Gophers take their perfect 10-0-0 record on the road again this weekend to face Minnesota Duluth on Friday and Saturday.
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