North Dakota’s Brock Boeser, Wisconsin’s Ann-Renee Desbiens earn Player of the Week honors


It’s not often a team with a 22-3-3 record and ranked in the top three in the country can feel like it made a great escape with a sweep against an unranked 7-16-3 team.

Then again, North Dakota didn’t plan on playing much of the series against Western Michigan without four of its top five forwards, including Hobey Baker Award candidates Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz, and two of its top defensemen.

ASN-Brock-Boeser-POWWith most of the roster seemingly in the infirmary, freshman forward Brock Boeser stepped up and had a hand in all four goals in a 2-0 and 2-1 sweep in Kalamazoo.

His efforts earned him a share of ASN’s Hockey Player of the Week honors along with repeat winner Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens, who recorded her nation-leading 14th shutout in a 3-0 win against St. Cloud State.

Both players are having dominant seasons. Boeser scored both goals in Friday’s win and assisted on the first and scored the game winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win.

He now has 11 goals in his last 11 games and ranks third nationally among rookies with 31 points. His 18 goals are second in the NCAA among freshmen (to Michigan’s Kyle Connor) and eight more than any other NCHC rookie. He is the first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks.


ASN-Ann-Renee-Desbiens-POWDesbiens has been leading the second-ranked Badgers’ charge all season.

She now has 31 shutouts in her career as UW (26-1-1) earned its 20th consecutive home win with the victory over St. Cloud and ranks third on the NCAA’s all-time list for shutouts.

Desbiens leads the nation with a .966 save percentage and a 0.62 goals-against average. The only other women’s goalie (or men’s) to have a sub 1.0 goals-against average is Sydney Rossman of Quinnipiac (.87).

Above: Brock Boeser had a hand in all four goals in North Dakota’s 2-0 and 2-1 sweep at Western Michigan. (Courtesy Tyler Ingham/UND Sports)
Middle: Ann-Renee Desbiens leads the nation with a .966 save percentage and a 0.62 goals-against average. (Courtesy University of Wisconsin Athletics)

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu