BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 30, 2018 – Following another weekend of intense league games in the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), along with an important nonconference road series, we are proud to honor the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by
GoodWood Hockey, for games of Oct. 26-28, 2018 (Week 5). The honorees are: Ohio State University senior Charly Dahlquist (Forward of the Week), University of Minnesota sophomore Emily Brown (Defenseman of the Week), Minnesota State University freshman Abigail Levy (Goaltender of the Week) and University of Wisconsin freshman forward Britta Curl (Rookie of the Week).
Charly Dahlquist, Sr., Ohio State (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Dahlquist provided a huge spark Saturday for fourth-ranked Ohio State, tallying four points (2g-2a) to help the Buckeyes earn a nonconference road split at No. 10 St. Lawrence. The senior from Eden Prairie, Minn. factored in four of six OSU goals in a 6-1 victory, lighting the lamp twice in the first period (including the eventual game-winner), while assisting on the Buckeyes' first and sixth markers. Dahlquist's effort was good enough to lead the WCHA in scoring last weekend, while she also added a league-best 28 face-off wins. This is the first WCHA weekly award for Dahlquist, who began her collegiate career at the University of North Dakota.
Honorable Mention: Rebekah Kolstad, Sr., Minnesota State (had a three-point effort in the Mavericks' 4-1 win Friday at Bemidji State, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, while adding an assist); Emily Oden, Fr., Minnesota (one of five WCHA rookies to score a goal last weekend, she tallied a marker Sunday at No. 1 Wisconsin); Julia Tylke, Sr., St. Cloud State (scored a goal Friday, then netted the tie-breaking, third-period game-winner Saturday to lift the Huskies to a 3-2 victory over then-No. 5 Minnesota Duluth).
Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (Blaine, Minn.)
Brown scored the game's only goal Saturday, a third-period, power-play marker as then-No. 3 Minnesota upset previously unbeaten and top-ranked Wisconsin in the opener of a weekend series in Madison. The 1-0 Gophers' victory helped Minnesota rise to No. 2 in the rankings and snapped UW's 35-game home unbeaten streak. The sophomore from Blaine, Minn. then assisted on the Gophers' only goal Sunday, tying the game 1-1 in the first period before Minnesota eventually fell, 4-1. Defensively, Brown helped the Gophers go five-for-five on the penalty kill, while she added four blocked shots. This is Brown's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State (posted a WCHA-best +5 rating, along with three points on a goal and two assists as the No. 4 Buckeyes earned a road split at No. 10 St. Lawrence); Megan Hinze, Sr., Minnesota State (helped the Mavericks earn five league points at Bemidji State by leading a penalty-kill unit that was a perfect seven-for-seven, while adding four blocked shots and a +3 rating); Maddie Rolfes, Sr., Wisconsin (recorded a career-high three assists for a career-best three points Sunday, leading the No. 1 Badgers to a 4-1 victory over now-No. 2 Minnesota).
Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (Congers, N.Y.)
Levy was again outstanding in leading Minnesota State to a five-point league weekend at Bemidji State, playing all 125 minutes of the Mavericks' win and tie (with a shootout victory). The freshman from Congers, N.Y. stopped 55 of the 56 shots she faced, good for a .982 save percentage that led WCHA goaltenders with two starts last weekend. Levy posted 30 stops in Friday's 4-1 Minnesota State victory, then logged a 25-save effort Saturday in a scoreless tie. She then made two more saves in the shootout attempts, while the Mavericks scored twice to earn the extra league point. Levy has started all eight games for Minnesota State, which, at 4-3-1, is off to its best start since the 2012-13 season. For her efforts during that start, Levy has now captured three WCHA weekly awards.
Honorable Mention: Andrea Braendli, Fr., Ohio State (conceded only one even-strength goal, while making 61 saves overall at No. 10 St. Lawrence – including 42 stops in a 6-1 win Saturday for the No. 4 Buckeyes); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (held the high-flying Minnesota offense in check, stopping 52-of-54 shots for a 1.01 goals-against average and .963 save percentage as the top-ranked Badgers earned a split with now-No. 2 Minnesota); Alex Gulstene, So., Minnesota (earned her second-consecutive shutout, making 27 saves in Minnesota's 1-0 victory Saturday at top-ranked Wisconsin, a win that vaulted the Gophers to No. 2 in the latest polls); Emma Polusny, So., St. Cloud State (played a sensational game Saturday in her lone appearance, stopping a career-best 48-of-50 shots to lead the Huskies to a 3-2 win over then-No. 5 Minnesota Duluth).
Britta Curl, F, Wisconsin (Bismarck, N.D.)
Curl tallied a two-point game Sunday to lead No. 1 Wisconsin to a 4-1 win over now-No. 2 Minnesota. After assisting on Sophie Shirley's game-opening, first-period goal, the freshman scored her own in the third stanza to put the Badgers ahead, 3-1 with just 5:06 remaining. The Bismarck, N.D. native tied for the WCHA rookie scoring lead last weekend. This is Curl's first WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (conceded only one even-strength goal, while making 61 saves overall at No. 10 St. Lawrence – including 42 stops in a 6-1 win Saturday for the No. 4 Buckeyes); Emily Oden, F., Minnesota (one of five WCHA rookies to score a goal last weekend, she tallied a marker Sunday at No. 1 Wisconsin); Anna Wilgren, D, Minnesota State (led all WCHA rookies and was third overall with seven blocked shots, while adding an assist, five shots on goal and a +1 rating to the Mavericks' five-point road weekend at Bemidji State).
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