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November 13, 2013
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UM's Davis, BSU's Mowat, SCSU's Hespenheide Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Sarah Davis - Senior, Forward
University of Minnesota

photo University of Minnesota forward Sarah Davis, a senior from Paradise, Newfoundland, has been named WCHA Women's Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 13, 2013.

Davis led the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Golden Gophers with a career series-best five points (3g, 2a) in a WCHA road series sweep over St. Cloud State Nov. 8-9. Named the First Star of the Game both days, she finished with weekend with three goals on seven shots, a +4 plus/minus rating, and won 22 of 38 face-offs.

Last Saturday, Davis was on the ice for all four Gopher goals in a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Huskies. She scored Minnesota's first two goals at 3:56 and 6:45 of the second period to tie the score at 2-2 after the Gophers trailed 2-0. She then assisted on UM's third goal to knot the game at 3-3 with 2:02 remaining in the third and was on the ice for the game-winner at 18:51.

Davis also led the Gophers with two points in last Friday's 4-1 win at SCSU. She scored the Gophers' first goal in the sixth minute of the game and assisted on the team's third tally.

On a four-game point streak, Davis is tied for fifth in the WCHA with 14 points (7g, 7a) in 12 games and tied for third in goals.


WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Brittni Mowat - Freshman, Goaltender
Bemidji State University

photo Bemidji State University goaltender Brittni Mowat, a freshman from Glenboro, Manitoba, has been named the WCHA Women's Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 13, 2013.

Mowat collected 81 saves over last weekend with a .953 save percentage and a 1.92 goals-against average while leading Bemidji State to a five-point road weekend at WCHA-rival Ohio State. She also blanked the Buckeyes on all nine power-play opportunities in the series.

Mowat made 50 saves against OSU last Saturday (Nov. 9) in a 2-2 overtime tie. She blanked the Buckeyes for the final 13:25 of the contest including the overtime period to get the Beavers an opportunity in the shootout, which they won.

In the series opener last Friday (Nov. 8), Mowat earned her fourth victory of the season in a 3-2 BSU win over Ohio State, stopping 31 of 33 shots on goal.

Mowat has appeared in all 12 of BSU's games this season, starting 11. She has a 2.32 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout over 647:10 of action, the second most minutes between the pipes in the WCHA. She is 4-5-2.

Also nominated this week: Milica McMillen, D, UM; Katie Fitzgerald, G, SCSU.


WCHA Rookie of the Week
Lauren Hespenheide - Freshman, Forward
St. Cloud State University

photo St. Cloud State forward Lauren Hespenheide, a freshman from Shakopee, Minn., has been named the WCHA Women's Rookie of the Week for Nov. 13, 2013.

Hespenheide had points in both games on Nov. 8-9, despite two losses for the Huskies against unbeaten and top-ranked Minnesota and recorded some collegiate personal firsts.

In the series opener last Friday, Hespenheide put up an assist on St. Cloud State's lone goal last Friday for an all freshman scoring line in a 4-1 loss.

Then in game two against the Gophers last Saturday, she gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead in the third period, scoring just :49 seconds into the period, before Minnesota scored twice in the final 2:02 to escape with a 4-3 victory. Hespenheide, who was named the Second Star of the Game, finished the weekend with three shots on goal and also had one blocked shot.

As a rookie, Hespenheide has played in 10 of St. Cloud State's first 12 games this season.

Also nominated this week: Dani Cameranesi, F, UM.