EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 8, 2015 – For the first time since the week of Jan. 5, 2011, a single team has swept the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week awards, with three Badgers earning accolades after helping undefeated and top-ranked Wisconsin to a pair of victories over No. 3 Minnesota – UW's first sweep of the Gophers since the 2009-10 season. The WCHA Players of the Week for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2015, all from Wisconsin, are: sophomore forward Annie Pankowski (Offensive Player of the Week), junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens (Defensive Player of the Week) and freshman forward Sam Cogan (Rookie of the Week).
Annie Pankowski, So., F
Wisconsin (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
Pankowski tied for the national lead with three goals, including an NCAA-best two game-winners, during the No. 1 Badgers' sweep of Minnesota at LaBahn Arena. The sophomore from Laguna Hills, Calif. ended Friday's series opener with the game-winning strike with just 55 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Badgers to a 3-2 victory and snapping UW's 18-game winless skid against Minnesota. On Saturday, Pankwoski scored on a breakaway before adding the game-winner in the second period as Wisconsin completed the sweep with a 3-1 triumph. Pankowski extended her point streak to 21-straight games, which is the fifth-longest in program history and seventh-longest in WCHA annals.
Also nominated: Michela Cava, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth; Kristin Huber, Sr., F, Bemidji State
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G
Wisconsin (La Malbaie, Québec)
Desbiens was spectacular in the Badgers' net, limiting the high-powered Minnesota offense to only three goals in two games. On Friday, she stopped 21-of-23 shots – including all 11 she faced during the third period and overtime – as UW earned the 3-2 win, its first over the Gophers in 19 tries. On Saturday, Desbiens turned aside 23 of the 24 shots she encountered in the sweep-clinching, 3-1 Badgers' victory. The one goal scored by Minnesota marked the fewest this season for the Gophers, who lead the NCAA with an average of 5.56 per game. Desbiens, the only WCHA goalie to win both starts this past weekend, also helped hold the nation's top power-play unit scoreless on four chances.
Also nominated: Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Sr., G, North Dakota; Brittni Mowat, Jr., G, Bemidji State
Sam Cogan, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Ottawa, Ont.)
Cogan was the only WCHA rookie with a multi-point weekend, tallying a goal and an assist during No. 1 Wisconsin's 3-2, overtime victory over No. 3 Minnesota on Friday. The freshman from Ottawa, Ontario tied the contest 1-1 with a goal at the 8:21 mark of the second period, before she added an assist on the Badgers' second strike less than four minutes later. Cogan finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a +1 rating.
Also nominated: Emily Bergland, Fr., F, Bemidji State