Kelly Pannek leads Minnesota to WCHA Final Face-off, earns Women's Player of the Week

Women's Player of the Week | Kelly Pannek, Minnesota

Scoring twice in game three of Minnesota's first-round WCHA series the junior center led the No. 4 Golden Gophers past Bemidji State and to their 18th consecutive WCHA Final Face-off this weekend in Minneapolis.

"It was a really hard fought series," head coach Brad Frost said. "We're certainly happy to be moving on in the playoffs here and facing Duluth next weekend."

"We were hoping to win in two, but that didn't happen, so we knew we had to win in three," Pannek said. "It's all about responding. This series kind of shows our season, just the ups and downs you can have and fighting back from adversity and finding a way. Bemidji is a great team. They're so tough to play against. They play such a disciplined style of hockey. Their season was on the line, too. I thought we prepared well for that today."

Pannek has stepped into a leadership role this season, leading the team and the NCAA with 60 points.

“I knew coming into this year that I needed to have more of a scoring presence than last year,” she said.

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