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Kyle Rau keeps collecting awards.
The Gophers freshman, for the second week in a row and third time this season, was named the WCHA's rookie of the week. Sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt, another Gopher, was picked co-defensive player of the week.
Rau, a 5-8, 175-pound left winger on the Gophers' top line, scored two power-play goals as they beat Nebraska Omaha 3-2 last Saturday at CenturyLink Center. The night before, in a 3-2 overtime victory, he had the key assist on Nick Bjugstad's game-tying goal in the third period.
The Gophers were the first team to sweep UNO at home since Jan 11-12, 2008.
Rau, of Eden Prairie, ranks second nationally in rookie scoring with 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points. He also is tied for second among all Division I players with a plus-23 rating. He has six game-winning goals and seven goals on power plays.
Schmidt had assists on three of the Gophers' six goals against Nebraska Omaha. He also blocked a team-high five shots.
His three assists pushed his season total to 30. Schmidt is 5-11, 194 pounds, and played high school hockey for St. Cloud Cathedral.
The other co-defensive player of the week is sophomore defenseman Frankie Simonelli of Wisconsin, the Gophers opponent this weekend.
Simonelli had a goal and two assists as the Badgers beat Bemidji State twice by 4-2 scores last weekend for their first road sweep of the season.
UMD FORWARD BEST ON OFFENSE
Sophomore forward J.T. Brown of Minnesota Duluth was named the WCHA's offensive player of the week.
After missing two games with an upper body injury, Brown scored three minutes into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 victory over Colorado College last Friday. He also had the game-winning goal and an assist when UMD beat CC 5-2 the next night.
Brown, of Burnsville, had 19 shots on goal in the series, including a team single-game high of 10 this season the second night.
Brown has a plus-27 rating, the highest in Division I hockey. He is tied for fifth among WCHA players in overall scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points.
Rau and defenseman Justin Schultz of Wisconsin were among the other nominees for this award.
For the third time this season, senior Kent Patterson of the Gophers is the WCHA defensive player of the week. He also earned that honor on Oct. 11 and Nov. 1.
Patterson was in the nets as the Gophers beat Bemidji State 3-0 on Friday -- he got his seventh shutout this season in that game -- and 4-1 on Saturday. He stopped 13 shots the first night, 20 the second. The only goal he gave up came on a Beavers' power play. His save percentage was .971 last weekend.
The 6-1, 195 Patterson is from Plymouth and is a Colorado Avalanche draft pick. He leads the nation in victories with 21 and shutouts, too. He is first WCHA games with a 2.00 goals-against average and second with a .922 save percentage.
Among the other nominees for this award were Bemidji State defenseman Brad Hunt, who had the lone Beavers goal last weekend; Colorado College defenseman Gabe Guentzel, the son of Gophers associate head coach Mike Guentzel, and Nebraska Omaha defenseman Andrej Sustr, who the Gophers will see this weekend.
Patterson's teammate, freshman forward Kyle Rau, is the conference's rookie of the week for the second time. He received that honor the first time on Oct. 18.
Rau, a left winger from Eden Prairie, had two assists on Friday and one on Saturday. He had six shots in the series and was a plus-2.
Rau, a 2011 third-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, is the WCHA's second highest scoring freshman with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. Nationally, he is tied for third in goals, and tied for second in points.
UND FORWARD ALSO RECOGNIZED
Junior Corban Knight of North Dakota is the WCHA's offensive player of the week. He had three goals and an assist as UND beat Michigan Tech 4-2 the first night and tied the Huskies 1-1 in overtime the second night.
Knight has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points this season.
Forwards Erik Haula of the Gophers and Jason Zucker of Denver were others considered for this award.
Haula, a sophomore center, had two goals and an assist in the Gophers' second game against BSU. Zucker, a Wild prospect, had a goal for Denver in each game at Wisconsin last weekend.
Zucker, of course, was injured on a big hit from Rau in Denver two weekends ago. He missed Saturday's game that weekend. But he came back quickly.
Among the 30 nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is presented to the top women's hockey player in Division I hockey, are three Gophers.
They are junior defenseman Megan Bozek of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; sophomore forward Amanda Kessel of Madison, Wis., junior goalie Noora Raty of Espoo, Finland, and senior forward Jen Schoullis of Erie, Pa. Raty was one of 10 finalists a year ago.
Two other nominees are former Gophers. They are twin sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls of Grand Forks, N.D. They transferred to North Dakota after one season with the Gophers. Both are juniors. Lamoureux is a forward, Monique plays foward and on the blue line.
Wisconsin and Cornell have three nominees.
The top 10 finalists will be announced March 1 and the winner will be named March 17 at a banquet in Duluth, Minn. The WCHA had the most nominees, 12.
There are players from eight states on the list of nominees, but none from Minnesota. That seems pretty strange. Is it unprecedented? Don't know. The list:
Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and North Dakota, all 2
Idaho, Ohio and Pennsylvania, all 1
Three Canadian provinces and three European countries also have finalists:
Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland, all 1
The list of nominees:
2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominees
Name Pos Yr School Hometown
Christine Bestland F So. Mercyhurst College Brunkild, Man.
Blake Bolden D Jr. Boston College Stow, Ohio
Megan Bozek D Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Bailey Bram F Sr. Mercyhurst College Ste. Anne, Man.
Alex Carpenter F Fr. Boston College Reading, Mass.
Kendall Coyne F Fr. Northeastern Univ. Palos Heights, Ill.
Brianna Decker F Jr. Univ. of Wisconsin Dousman, Wis.
Jillian Dempsey F Jr. Harvard Univ. Winthrop, Mass.
Laura Fortino D Jr. Cornell Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Thea Imbrogno F So. Robert Morris Univ. Etobicoke, Ont.
Haley Irwin F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Thunder Bay, Ont.
Brianne Jenner F So. Cornell Univ. Oakville, Ont.
Rebecca Johnston F Sr. Cornell Univ. Sudbury, Ont.
Amanda Kessel F So. Univ. of Minnesota Madison, Wis.
Hilary Knight F Sr. Univ. of Wisconsin Sun Valley, Id.
Jocelyne Lamoureux F Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls F/D Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Josephine Pucci D Jr. Harvard Univ. Pearl River, N.Y.
Jamie Lee Rattray F So. Clarkson Univ. Kanata, Ont.
Noora Raty G Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Espoo, Finland
Alex Rigsby G So. Univ. of Wisconsin Delafield, Wis.
Lauriane Rougeau D Jr. Cornell Univ. Beaconsfield, Que.
Kelly Sabatine F Jr. St. Lawrence Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Florence Schelling G Sr. Northeastern Univ. Oberengstringen, Switz.
Jen Schoullis F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Erie, Pa.
Natalie Spooner F Sr. Ohio State Univ. Scarborough, Ont.
Kelley Steadman F Jr. Mercyhurst College Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Zuzana Tomcikova G Sr. Bemidji State Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia
Rebecca Vint F Fr. Robert Morris Univ. Caledon, Ont.
Jenn Wakefield F Sr. Boston Univ. Pickering, Ont.
Three members of the Gophers women's hockey and six members of the men's hockey team have been named to the WCHA scholar-athletes.
To earn the award, student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution before the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or their overall GPA has to be at least 3.50 for all terms at their present institution.
Gophers women's hockey
Bethany Brausen, so., F, Little Canada
Alyssa Grogan, sr., G, Eagan
Nikki Ludwigson, sr., F, Bloomington ... repeat
Gophers men's hockey
Zach Budish, so., F, Edina
Nate Condon, so., F, Wausau, Wis
Jake Kremer, sr., G, Eden Prairie ... repeat
Nick Larson, sr., F, Stillwater
Taylor Matson, sr., F, Mound
Nico Sacchetti, sr., F, Virginia, Mn. .... repeat
Altogether a record 96 hockey players were named WCHA scholar-athletes. Here is the list from other schools:
2011-12 WCHA Scholar-Athletes
****four-time recipient; ***three-time recipient; **two time recipient
University of Alaska Anchorage
Matt Bailey (So., F, Winnipeg, MB); Brett Cameron (So., F, Spruce Grove, AB); Chris Crowell** (Jr., F, Williams Lake, BC); Andrew Pickering (So., F, West Vancouver, BC); Jade Portwood (Sr., F, Victoria, BC); Dusan Sidor*** (Jr., G, Poprad, Slovakia).
Bemidji State University
Molly Arola** (Jr., F, Walker, MN); Allie Duellman (So., D, Maplewood, MN); Darcy Findlay** (Sr., F, Bristol, QC); Drew Fisher** (Sr., F, International Falls, MN); Sadie Lundquist** (Jr., F, Cloquet, MN); Jamie MacQueen** (Sr., F, St. Thomas, ON); Alana McElhinney*** (Sr., G, Calgary, AB); Montana Vichorek*** (Sr., D, Moose Lake, MN); Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, MN); Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, MN).
David Civitarese*** (Sr., F, Calgary, AB).
University of Denver
Beau Bennett (So., F, Gardena, CA); Daniel Olszewski (So., F, Janesville, WI); Shawn Ostrow** (Jr., F, Calgary, AB); Paul Phillips** (Jr., D, Darien, IL).
Michigan Technological University
Corson Cramer*** (Jr., G, Colorado Springs, CO); Kevin Genoe** (Jr.,G, Qualicum Beach, BC); Patrick McCadden (So., F, Chesterfield, MO); Brad Stebner (So., D, Fort McMurray, AB).
University of Minnesota Duluth
Kacy Ambroz (Sr., F, New Prague, MN); Audrey Cournoyer** (Jr., F, Montreal, QC); Aaron Crandall** (So., G, Lakeville, MN); Jamie Kenyon (So., F, Sparta, WI); Luke McManus (So., D, Apple Valley, MN); Mariia Posa (Jr., D, Helsinki, Finland); Kenny Reiter**** (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, PA); Lana Steck (Sr., G, Winnipeg, MB); Vanessa Thibault** (Jr., F, Lachine, QC).
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Alli Altmann** (Sr., G, Eagan, MN); Emilia Andersson (Jr., D, Stockholm, Sweden); Cameron Cooper (Sr., D, Lakeville, MN); Tyler Elbrecht** (Jr., D, Edwardsville, IL); Elisabeth Hewett (So., D, Oak Bluff, MB); Evan Karambelas (Fr., G, Fort St. John, BC); Melissa Klippenstein (So., F, Neubergthal, MB); Austin Lee**** (Sr., G, Bloomington, MN); Ariel Mackley** (Sr., F, Burnsville, MN); Erika Magnusson** (Jr., D, Fergus Falls, MN); Evan Mosey (Jr., D, Downers Grove, IL); Jackie Otto*** (Sr., D, Lake Zurich, IL); Kathleen Rogan (So., F, Vancouver, BC); Joe Schiller*** (Sr., F, Detroit Lakes, MN); Lauren Smith** (Jr., F, Burnsville, MN).
University of Nebraska Omaha
Bryce Aneloski (Jr., D, Pekin, IL); Fredrik Bergman** (Jr., G, Vienna, VA); Terry Broadhurst (Jr., F, Orland Park, IL); Kyle Ensign (Sr., D, New Richmond, WI); Zahn Raubenheimer (So., F, Smoky Lake, AB); Johnnie Searfoss (So., F, Colleyville, TX); Alex Simonson (So., F, Grand Forks, ND).
University of North Dakota
Taylor Dickin (So., F, Winnipeg, MB); Brad Eidsness*** (Sr., G, Chestermere, AB); Jocelyne Lamoureux** (Jr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Monique Lamoureux-Kolls** (Jr., F/D, Grand Forks, ND); Mary Loken** (Jr., F, Roseau, MN); Allison Parizek** (Jr., F, Minot, ND); Margot Miller** (Sr., F, West Bloomfield, MI); Michelle Bonapace-Potvin (Fr., G, Royn-Noranda, QC); Dillon Simpson (So., D, Edmonton, AB); Jordan Slavin** (Jr., D, Erie, CO).
Ohio State University
Madison Marcotte (So., D, White Bear Lake, MN); Minttu Tuominen (Jr., F, Espoo, Finland); Kelly Wild** (Sr., D, Mendota Heights, MN).
St. Cloud State University
Sydney Burghardt (So., F, Medicine Hat, AB); Jordy Christian*** (Sr., F, Moorhead, MN); Callie Dahl** (Jr., F, Stillwater, MN); Anna Donlan*** (Jr., G, Hillsboro, WI); Nic Dowd (So., F, Huntsville, AL); Kevin Gravel (So., D, Kingsford, MI); Julia Gilbert (So., F, Hermantown, MN); Ben Hanowski (Jr., F, Little Falls, MN); Nick Jensen (So., D, Rogers, MN); Drew LeBlanc*** (Sr., F, Hermantown, MN); Mike Lee** (Jr., G, Roseau, MN); Lisa Martinson (Jr., D, St. Louis Park, MN); Travis Novak*** (Sr., F, Lethbridge, AB); Amy Olson (So., F, Roseau, MN); Brittany Toor*** (Sr., F, Hartland, MI).
University of Wisconsin
Natalie Berg (So., D, Minnetonka, MN); Gavin Hartzog (So., F, Pewaukee, WI); Carolyne Prévost*** (Sr., F, Sarnia, ON).
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.
TWO UND PLAYERS HONORED
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.
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