One is just starting to establish herself, the other has played more college hockey games than any current player. Both play on two of the top lines in college hockey and each led the charge for their respective teams to weekend sweeps to earn ASN College Hockey Players of the Week honors.
Sarah Potomak, Minnesota
A freshman for third-ranked Minnesota earns top honors after tying a school record with seven points in an 11-1 win over Minnesota State on Friday night. The Gophers swept the Mavericks as linemates Hannah Brandt and Dani Cameranesi each collected five points on Friday, including a hat trick by Brandt.
Potomak has five goals and 21 assists on the season, while Brandt has 16 goals and 16 assists and Cameranesi has 15 goals and 17 assists. Potomak, however, missed two games — the series split with North Dakota in late October which is Minnesota’s only loss — while training with Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2015 Four Nations Cup in Sweden. Canada took home silver.
Potomak is the preseason pick as the WCHA Rookie of the Year and has lived up to her billing.
Drake Caggiula, North Dakota
His four goals — two each night, and one assist — led fifth-ranked North Dakota to a weekend road sweep at Michigan State. He now has seven goals in UND’s last four games and has combined with linemates Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz — dubbed the “CBS” line — for 13 goals and 33 points over the last six games.
Caggiula is the most veteran player in college hockey, leading all active players with 138 games played. He enters this weekend’s home series against Denver with 97 career points.
His 11 goals and 10 assists rank second in the nation, as does his plus/minus rating of plus-21.