Dani Cameranesi - Sophomore, Forward
University of Minnesota
Cameranesi earned her second straight honor after leading Minnesota with four points (tied for most in the WCHA) in a road sweep at Bemidji State. The sophomore from Plymouth, Minn. was on the ice for five of the Gophers' seven goals, while recording two goals, two assists, nine shots on goal, one blocked shot and a +1 rating. In Friday's 3-2 win, Cameranesi scored the game-tying goal in the second period, and assisted on the go-ahead score just 3:17 later. Saturday, she set up Maryanne Menefee's game-winning goal at 1:24 of the third period before sealing the victory with an empty-netter. Cameranesi ranks fourth in the nation with 55 points and is third with 34 assists.
Also nominated: Josefine Jakobsen, Sr., F, North Dakota
Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Jr., G, North Dakota
Julie Friend, Sr., G, St. Cloud State
Amsley-Benzie remained perfect between the pipes for North Dakota last weekend against Minnesota State, recording her third- and fourth-consecutive shutouts as UND clinched third place and home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The junior from Warroad, Minn. turned away all 24 shots she faced, helping UND go a perfect six-for-six on the penalty kill. Amsley-Benzie ends the regular season as the WCHA's leading goaltender with a save percentage of .955 and goals against average of 1.17 in league play. She enters the playoffs riding a program-record shutout streak of 267 minutes and 11 seconds.
Friend, a senior from Minnetonka, Minn. was the backbone to St. Cloud State's 2-1, upset road victory at No. 3 Wisconsin last Friday. She stopped 52 of the 53 shots Wisconsin attempted to lead the Huskies to their first win against the Badgers since 2010. Friend's season-high 52 saves included 18 in the first period, 22 in the second and 12 more in the third. She blanked the Badgers, who entered the game with the nation's fifth-ranked offense, for the first 59:44 of the contest.
Also nominated: Ann-Renée Desbiens, So., G, Wisconsin; Brigette Lacquette, Sr., D, Minnesota Duluth
Jessica Healey - Freshman, Defenseman
University of Minnesota Duluth
Healey picked a great time to score the first and second goals of her young Bulldog career, including the game-winner Friday night in Minnesota Duluth's 3-1 victory over Ohio State. The freshman from Edmonton, Alberta put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 at the 17:26 mark of the second period, scoring on her lone shot of the game. Healey again had a clutch goal Sunday, drawing UMD even 2-2 at the 8:59 mark of the third. That score was the first of a four-goal, third period outburst that gave the Bulldogs a 5-2, comeback victory.
Also nominated: Annie Pankowski, F, Wisconsin; Summer Thibodeau, F, Bemidji State