BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 23, 2018 – The league's talented group of underclassmen was on display this past weekend in the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), with a sophomore and three freshmen making up the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by
GoodWood Hockey. The honorees for games of Oct. 19-21, 2018 (Week 4) are: University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore Naomi Rogge (Forward of the Week), UMD freshman Lizi Norton (Defenseman of the Week), Ohio State University freshman Andrea Braendli (Goaltender of the Week) and University of Wisconsin freshman forward Sophie Shirley (Rookie of the Week).
Naomi Rogge, So., Minnesota Duluth (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Rogge shook off her scoreless streak in a big way, exploding for an NCAA-best four goals and tying for the national lead with five points (one assist) to power No. 5 Minnesota Duluth to a WCHA sweep of visiting Bemidji State. The sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minn. had a season-best, three-point effort in a 6-1 win Friday, with a pair of goals and a helper. Rogge then scored both Bulldogs goals in a 2-0 victory Saturday, lighting the lamp at 3:42 and 18:53 of the first period. Her four goals came on nine shots, while she tied for second nationally with a +6 rating. This is Rogge's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Rebekah Kolstad, Sr., Minnesota State (had the tying goal and added an assist in the Mavericks' 3-1 over St. Cloud State on Friday); Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State (scored a second-period goal and assisted on the third-period game-winner, helping the No. 4 Buckeyes to a 3-2 win Saturday and split at No. 3 Minnesota); Hallie Theodosopoulos, Jr., St. Cloud State (scored the game-winning goal Saturday at Minnesota State, lighting the lamp just 38 seconds into the third period to give the Huskies their first league victory); Taylor Williamson, Sr., Minnesota (had a three-goal weekend, with two Friday – including the game-winner – as the No. 3 Gophers split with No. 4 Ohio State).
Lizi Norton, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (Orono, Minn.)
Norton led all NCAA skaters with a +7 rating last week, while tying for the WCHA defenseman lead with two points (both coming on assists) as No. 5 Minnesota Duluth earned a league sweep of Bemidji State. The freshman from Orono, Minn. had both helpers in Friday's game, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, in a 6-1 Bulldogs victory. Norton added three blocked shots during the series to earn her first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Grace Bowlby, So., Wisconsin (recorded an assist in each game and posted a +4 rating as the now-No. 1 Badgers swept visiting Princeton); Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State (blocked two shots in each game, while tallying a pair of assists in Saturday's win, as the No. 4 Buckeyes earned a road split at No. 3 Minnesota); Patti Marshall, Jr., Minnesota (assisted on the game-winning goal Friday and blocked three shots on the weekend as the No. 3 Gophers earned a split with No. 4 Ohio State); McKenzie Sederberg, Jr., Minnesota State (scored her first goal of the season Saturday, while helping the Mavericks kill all five St. Cloud State power-play opportunities in a split with the Huskies).
Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Braendli had another fantastic weekend in net, leading the country with 84 saves and backstopping No. 4 Ohio State to a WCHA road split at No. 3 Minnesota. The freshman from Zurich, Switzerland helped hold the Gophers offense, averaging over four goals-per-game coming into the weekend, to five goals total in the series. She made a career-high 44 saves in Friday's opener, yielding only two goals in an eventual 3-0 loss. Braendli was masterful Saturday, stopping 40 shots as the Buckeyes rallied to win, 3-2 and earn the split. This is Braendli's second-consecutive WCHA weekly award, following Rookie honors last week.
Honorable Mention: Alex Gulstene, So., Minnesota (earned her first career shutout, an 18-save effort Friday as the No. 3 Gophers blanked No. 4 Ohio State, 3-0); Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (had another fantastic weekend, posting a 1.52 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in the Mavericks' split with St. Cloud State); Emma Polusny, So., St. Cloud State (stopped 38-of-39 shots Saturday in her lone start, leading the Huskies to a 2-1 win at Minnesota State); Maddie Rooney, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (led WCHA goalies that made multiple starts with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage, while posting a shutout and 51 saves as the No. 5 Bulldogs swept Bemidji State).
Sophie Shirley, F, Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Shirley enjoyed a career-best weekend, tying for the NCAA rookie lead with three goals and four points, while pacing all skaters with two game-winning goals as now-No. 1 Wisconsin swept Princeton. The freshman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan had a three-point game Friday with two goals, including the third-period game-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 UW victory. She then opened the scoring with a second-period tally in Sunday's 3-0 Badgers win. Shirley's four points on the weekend were tied for second-most in the WCHA, while her three goals ranked second in the league and country. This is Shirley's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Brooke Bryant, F, Minnesota State (first collegiate goal was the game-winner Saturday, giving the Mavericks a 2-1 lead en route to a 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State); Catie Skaja, F, Minnesota (scored the Gophers' second goal in a 3-0 win Friday and finished the series with a +3 rating, helping No. 3 UMN to a split with No. 4 Ohio State).
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