Right winger Amanda Kessel of the Gophers is the WCHA offensive player of the week.

She had three goals and five assists as the Gophers swept St. Cloud State 8-1 and 7-0 last weekend. She had two goals and four assists in the first game, and had one goal and one assist the second game.

Kessel has 24 goals and 34 assists this season for 58 points in 30 games. Her 58 points are the fourth most in the WCHA.


Junior defenseman Monique Lamoureux-Kolls is the defensive player of the week. She had two assists, including one on the game-winner, as the Fighting Sioux beat Bemidji State 5-2 in the first game, and then had two goals, including the winning goal, as UND edged the Beavers 3-1 in the second game.

She helped hold BSU to zero-for-18 on the power play.

Lamoureux-Kolls has 24 goals, 39 assists for 63 points, which ranks third in the conference.

Michelle Karvinen, her teammate, was the rookie of the week. Karvinen, a sophomore from Rodovoe, Denmark in her first season at UND, had a hat trick and an assist last Friday, and two assists the next night.

She has 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points, sixth in the league.

Two Gophers also were nominated for these two awards. Goalie Noora Raty's name was submitted for defensive player of the week and forward Rachael Bona's for rookie of the week.