Nov. 20, 2012
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced on Tuesday that senior Megan Bozek and freshman Hannah Brandt were tagged with Player of the Week honors. Bozek, who tallied five points, was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Brandt, who also recorded five points, is the Rookie of the Week.
Bozek continues to be a dominate blueliner for the Gophers as she tallied five points (two goals, three assists) while also leading a defensive group that allowed only one goal, which came when Minnesota was two players down. In the first game against the Mavericks, she assisted on each of Brandt’s goals in the Gophers’ 3-0 win. In game two of the series, the Buffalo Grove, Ill. native added two goals of her own with one coming on a power play. She also assisted Brandt on the game-winning goal. Bozek posted a plus/minus ratio of +6, which was only matched by Brandt and Amanda Kessel.
This is the third time in Bozek’s career that she has received a WCHA honor. She shares the weekly honor with North Dakota defenseman Monique Lamoureux.
Brandt assisted Minnesota in sweeping Minnesota State by tallying five points (three goals, two assists) over the weekend. The Vadnais Heights, Minn. native played a huge role in the opening game of the series by having a hand in all three of the Gophers’ goals. She would score the first two goals and then assist on the final goal. Brandt was tagged as the 1 Star Player of the Game. She followed her performance from Friday with another game-winner on Saturday as she started the Gophers’ scoring spree, which led to a 9-1 victory over MSU. The freshman also assisted Bozek on one of her goals. Brandt posted a plus/minus ratio of +6, which was only matched by Bozek and Kessel.
This is the fourth time Brandt has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week.
Bozek, Brandt and the rest of the Gophers hit the road this holiday weekend for a trip to New Hampshire. Minnesota takes on the Wildcats Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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