Condon and Kessel named WCHA Offensive Players of the Week

Apr 5, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Gophers left wing Nate Condon (16) skates with the puck as Boston College Eagles defensive man Brian Dumoulin (2) defends in the third period during the semifinals of the 2012 Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Boston College won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There are quite a few similarities between the men’s and women’s hockey teams at the University of Minnesota. To start, both are ranked No. 1 — and this week, both teams have the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on the roster.

Nate Condon was named the top men’s offensive player following a weekend in which he recorded two goals and three assists in a home series against rival North Dakota.

Condon also had a ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 play when he dangled his way around two UND defenders to put up a goal on the breakaway.

Amanda Kessel was named the top offensive player for the second consecutive week after she notched seven points — three goals and four assists — in a weekend sweep of Minnesota State.

What’s even more remarkable for the junior is that she surpassed 200 points in her career, becoming only the 24th player in NCAA women’s hockey history to do so.

The women will travel to Madison this weekend for a series against the Badgers with a chance to extend their winning streak to 33 games. They are currently tied with the all-time record held by, coincidentally, the University of Wisconsin.

The men have not lost a game since November and will play a home-and-home series against Minnesota State.

Topics: Gophers, Hockey, Minnesota, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Womens

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