Feb. 18, 2009


Courtesy of Minnesota

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has announced that freshman defenseman Kelly Seeler (Eden Prairie, Minn.) has been named the conference’s defensive player of the week after her three-point performance against North Dakota last weekend. It is the first defensive honor for the Gophers and the 13th weekly award for a Minnesota Golden Gopher.


Defenseman Kelly Seeler, a freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., scored two goals and added an assist in Minnesota’s two-game WCHA sweep over visiting North Dakota. Seeler scored a career-high two goals in the Golden Gophers’ 4-1 win last Friday (Feb. 13) and helped key a defensive corps that limited UND to just 18 shots on goal and blanked them on all six of their power-play chances. Seeler then followed Friday’s performance when she assisted on teammate Jocelyne Lamoureux’s shorthanded goal at 6:00 of the second period as Minnesota skated to a 5-0 victory over the Sioux while again holding them scoreless in five power-play opportunities and to just 16 shots on goal. In addition to her three scoring points in the series, Seeler tied for the team-best +3 rating and put five shots on goal from her blueline position. Overall this season, Seeler holds a +30, ranking second among defensemen, and has produced 12 points on five goals and seven assists. She has played in 31 of No. 1-ranked Minnesota’s 32 games.


Seeler and the rest of the Golden Gophers will look to win the WCHA regular season championship this weekend during a home-and-home game against St. Cloud State. Friday’s game is set for 7:07 p.m. at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Saturday’s game is also at 7:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena. The Gophers hold a one-point lead in the WCHA standings. If the Gophers win, they become the regular season champions and hold the No. 1 seed for the post-season tournament.


Minnesota and WCHA Offensive Players of the Week
Oct. 22: Jen Schoullis, So., F (vs OSU)
Nov. 5: Gigi Marvin, Sr., F (vs SCSU)
Dec. 10: Gigi Marvin, Sr., F (@ UND)
Jan.  7: Gigi Marvin, Sr. F (@Niagara)
Jan. 21: Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, Fr., F (vs BSU)
Feb. 4: Monique Lamoureux, Fr., F (@ MSU)
Feb. 11: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Fr., F (vs UW)


Minnesota and WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 18: Kelly Seeler, Fr., D (vs OSU)

Minnesota and WCHA Rookies of the Week
Oct. 15: Monique Lamoureux, Fr., F (@ UMD)
Oct. 22: Monique Lamoureux, Fr., F (vs OSU)
Nov. 26: Monique Lamoureux, Fr., F (vs MSU)
Dec. 10: Monique Lamoureux, Fr., F (@ UND)
Jan. 14: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Fr., F (@ OSU)