WCHA Tags Kessel and Brandt as Players of the Week

Go Gophers! Hannah Brandt
Go Gophers!
Hannah Brandt
Go Gophers!

Nov. 7, 2012

On Wednesday afternoon, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) tagged junior Amanda Kessel and freshman Hannah Brandt with weekly league honors. Kessel, who tallied four points last weekend against Minnesota Duluth, was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Brandt, who also garnered four points in the UMD series, earned Rookie of the Week honors.

Kessel shared the team lead for points with Brandt as each tallied four to help the Gophers sweep Minnesota Duluth. In the first game of the series, the Madison, Wis. native tallied two assists, including one on a power play, with both coming in the second period. In the final game against UMD, the junior forward tallied a breakaway goal in the second period, while also assisting senior Megan Bozek on the game-winning goal, which was acquired on a power play in the first period.

This is the second time that Kessel has received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week this season (Oct. 3), and it is the sixth time in her career that she has garnered the award.

Brandt played a large part in the Gophers' sweep of UMD this past weekend as she recorded four assists. In the first game, the Vadnais Heights, Minn. native assisted on two power-play goals to help the Gophers win, 4-1. The freshman matched that performance on Saturday with two more assists. Her first assist came on a Bozek power-play goal, which also served as the game winner.

This is the third time this season that Brandt has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week (Oct. 3 and Oct. 24). A Minnesota player has won this award five out of the six possible weeks this year with Maryanne Menefee (Oct. 10) and Milica McMillen (Oct. 31) each receiving the accolade once.

Wisconsin's goaltender Alex Rigsby was tagged as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for posting back-to-back shutouts in the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State.

The Golden Gophers are off this weekend due to the Four Nations Cup, which is taking place all week in Vantaa & Kerava, Finland. Bozek, Kessel and McMillen are playing with the U.S. Women's National Team in the annual tournament along with former Gophers Sarah Erickson and Anne Schleper.

Minnesota returns to action on Nov. 16 and 17 at home against Minnesota State.