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January 22, 2014
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UW's Ammerman, UM's Leveille, UND's Shaw Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Brittany Ammerman - Junior, Forward
University of Wisconsin

photo University of Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman, a junior forward from River Vale, New Jersey, has been named the WCHA Women's Offensive Player of the Week for Jan. 22, 2014.

Ammerman enjoyed a stellar weekend for the No. 2-ranked Badgers, producing four scoring points as Wisconsin swept host Bemidji State in a two-game WCHA series on Jan. 17-18.

In last Friday's 6-0 road win over the Beavers, Ammerman tallied two goals and an assist as she was one of three players to record three points for UW. She also put four shots on goal, earned a +2 plus/minus rating, and was the game's No. 2 star.

In last Saturday's 3-1 Wisconsin win at Bemidji State, Ammerman scored the game-winning goal at 15:48 of the second period while the Badgers were shorthanded , fired five more shots on goal, earned a +1 rating and was the No. 1 star. It was her second shorthanded goal of the year and third game-winner.

Ammerman's four points on the weekend was a team-high mark, and she scored on three of her nine shots on goal. The Badgers' top scorer this season with 31 points (16g, 15a) in 24 games, Ammerman ranks 14th nationally averaging 1.29 points per game, and her 0.67 goals per game average is the second-best mark in the conference and sixth-best mark in the country.

Also nominated: Sarah Davis, F, UM; Josefine Jakobsen, F, UND.


WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Amanda Leveille - Sophomore, Goaltender
University of Minnesota

photo University of Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille, a sophomore from Kingston, Ontario, has been named the WCHA Women's Defensive Player of the Week for Jan. 22, 2014.

Leveille recorded back-to-back shutout victories last weekend in the No. 1-ranked Gophers home-and-home series against league-rival Minnesota State. She combined for 38 saves in the two shutouts, making 19 stops in each game, had six shutout periods and held the Mavericks scoreless on five series power-play chances.

Last Friday (Jan. 17) saw Leveille make 19 saves as the Gophers outshot MSU 51-19 in a 4-0 win before 6,623 on the outdoor ice at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in the Hockey City Classic. She followed that effort up with 19 more saves as Minnesota went on the road and earned a 5-0 win in the series finale at All Seasons Arena in Mankato on Sunday. Leveille is now riding 126:41 of shutout hockey, including 6:41 of the

Gophers' 2-2 (ot) tie with Ohio State on Jan. 11 and the back-to-back shutouts over the Mavericks. Leveille, who sports a 22-1-1 record over 1416:44, ranks fourth in the nation and third among WCHA goaltenders with a 1.19 goals-against average and third in the league and fourth nationally in save percentage at .948. She also leads the WCHA and is second in the NCAA with eight shutouts.

Also nominated: Kayla Black, G, UMD; Halli Krzyaniak, D, UND; Lisa Steffes, G, OSU; Alex Rigsby, G, UW.


WCHA Rookie of the Week
Lexie Shaw - Freshman, Goaltender
University of North Dakota

photo University of North Dakota goaltender Lexie Shaw, a freshman from Troy, Michigan, has been named the WCHA Women's Rookie of the Week for Jan. 22, 2014.

Shaw recorded her first collegiate shutout last Friday (Jan. 17) night, stopping all 16 shots on goal against conference opponent St. Cloud State in No. 3/4-ranked North Dakota's 4-0 victory at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. She was also instrumental in holding the Huskies scoreless on all six of their power-play opportunities in the game, making four saves while shorthanded.

The Jan. 17 win for Shaw was her sixth of the 2013-14 season and third straight. She owns a 6-2 record over 504:50 of action between the pipes in her rookie season for North Dakota, with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

Also nominated: Paige Haley, F, UM; Claudia Kepler, F, OSU.