Dec. 5, 2012
WCHA Players of the Week | AHCA Players of the Month
A pair of University of Minnesota women’s hockey players were tagged by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the American Hockey Coaches Association this week for not only their efforts this past weekend in sweeping Wisconsin, but also for what they accomplished the whole month of November. Senior goaltender Noora Räty was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Hannah Brandt was titled the WCHA Player of the Month.
Räty recorded 41 saves and allowed just one goal on the weekend to help the Gophers sweep Wisconsin for the first time since 2005. In the first game of the series (Dec. 1), Räty allowed one goal in the third period and denied 22 Badger shots, including a remarkable glove save while lying on the ice early in the second period when the score was still knotted 0-0. The Finnish native came back on Sunday (Dec. 2) and shutout UW while making 19 saves. It was her seventh shutout of the season and 33rd of her career, which is six behind the NCAA record of 39. The sweep gives Räty 92 career victories, which is eight from tying the NCAA record of 100.
This is Räty’s second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season and the 11th of her career.
Brandt was named the WCHA Player of the Month by the American Hockey Coaches Association for her play during the month of November. The Hill-Murray graduate recorded six goals and eight assists to total 14 points during the month. She currently leads all freshmen in the nation with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) and is second amongst all players, just three points behind teammate Amanda Kessel.
The Maroon & Gold, who are on an NCAA record 26-game winning streak, have one series left before closing out the first half of the 2012-13 season. The top-ranked squad travels to Bemidji State this weekend for games on Friday and Saturday night. The Gophers are currently tied with the NCAA streak of consecutive road wins at 15 games.