EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 1, 2016 – For their roles in helping their teams to perfect weekends in league play, including a sweep that vaulted one team back into the national rankings, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Oct. 27-29, 2016 are: Minnesota senior forward Dani Cameranesi (Offensive Player of the Week), North Dakota senior goaltender Lexie Shaw (Defensive Player of the Week) and North Dakota freshman defenseman Abbey Stanley (Rookie of the Week).
Dani Cameranesi, Sr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minn.)
Cameranesi had a six-point series – matching teammate Sarah Potomak for the NCAA's best – in helping No. 2 Minnesota to a sweep of visiting St. Cloud State. The senior from Plymouth, Minn. had three goals, three assists, 11 shots on goal, one blocked shot and a +5 rating. Cameranesi recorded four points in a series-opening win Thursday, assisting on the Gophers' first two goals, scoring the fourth and adding a helper that pushed the final margin to 5-2. She then netted two of Minnesota's goals in a 3-0 win Friday, tallying back-to-back scores in the third period. All told, Cameranesi was on the ice for six of the Gophers' eight goals during the series. This is Cameranesi's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her 11th career honor (including four Rookie of the Week accolades).
Honorable Mention: Amy Menke, Sr., F, North Dakota (led the Fighting Hawks with three points on two goals and assist, helping UND to a sweep of then-No. 10 Bemidji State); Katherine McGovern, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth (had a career-high four points on two goals and two assists Friday as the No. 3 Bulldogs opened a road sweep at Ohio State with a 6-0 victory); Baylee Wellhausen, Jr., F, Wisconsin (scored twice, including the game-winning goal, as the No. 1 Badgers swept host Minnesota State with a 3-1 win Saturday).
Lexie Shaw, Sr., G
North Dakota (Troy, Mich.)
Shaw backstopped North Dakota to a home-and-home sweep over then-No. 10 Bemidji State, a pair of victories that lifted the Fighting Hawks up to ninth in the national polls. The senior from Troy, Mich. stopped 47-of-49 shots on the weekend, posting a .959 save percentage with one shutout and a 1.00 goals-against average. She opened the series by saving 27-of-29 shots in a 5-2 home win, then logged a 21-save shutout in UND's 2-0 road victory. The blank slate included nine saves in the third period, much of which was played with just a 1-0 lead before an empty-net goal with 59 seconds remaining sealed the outcome. Shaw also was a major part of the Fighting Hawks finishing the series a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, as 15 of her saves came in this fashion. This is Shaw's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her third career honor (including one Rookie of the Week accolade).
Honorable Mention: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Sr., G, Wisconsin (stopped 27-of-28 shots in the top-ranked Badgers' road sweep at Minnesota State, while earning her 42nd career shutout); Sidney Peters, RS-Jr., G, Minnesota (was the only WCHA goaltender to not allow a goal last weekend, stopping all 15 shots she faced as the No. 2 Gophers swept visiting St. Cloud State).
Abbey Stanley, Fr., D
North Dakota (St. Louis, Mo.)
Stanley was a factor on both ends of the ice, finishing with a career-high three points – tied for the team-high and most by a WCHA rookie last weekend – as North Dakota earned a home-and-home sweep of then-No. 10 Bemidji State. The freshman from St. Louis, Mo. scored one goal and recorded one assist in Friday's 5-2 win, then assisted on the game-winning goal in the Fighting Hawks' 2-0 road victory. Stanley was a key factor in UND's penalty-kill unit that finished a perfect 8-for-8, while she recorded three blocked shots, two shots on net and a team-high +4 rating.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Brodt, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (tallied three points in the opening period Friday, helping the No. 3 Bulldogs to a 6-0 win as part of a road sweep at Ohio State); Demi Gardner, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored her second career goal Saturday, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead against No. 1 Wisconsin).