BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 16, 2018 – The league's points leader for the weekend, the NCAA's top-scoring blueliner of the week and a pair of stellar goaltending efforts highlight our WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by
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Taylor Heise, Fr., Minnesota (Lake City, Minn.)
Heise led all WCHA skaters and was second among NCAA rookies with four points (2g-2a), leading No. 3 Minnesota to a home-and-home sweep of St. Cloud State in league play. The freshman scored two goals (back-to-back, first-period markers, including the game-winner) and added an assist in the Gophers' 6-2 win Friday in St. Cloud, an effort that marked her first collegiate multi-point game. Heise than followed by picking up an assist on fellow rookie Emily Oden's game-winning goal during a 4-1 triumph Saturday. This is the first career WCHA weekly award for the Lake City, Minn. native.
Honorable Mention: Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State (ran her season-opening point streak to six-straight games with a one-goal, two-assist weekend as the now-No. 4 Buckeyes swept Minnesota State); Annie Pankowski, Sr., Wisconsin (earned a pair of game-winning assists and scored the tying goal Saturday as the No. 2 Badgers swept then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth); Tristan Truax, So., Minnesota State (scored her first goal of the season Sunday in Columbus, forcing overtime for the Mavericks at now-No. 4 Ohio State).
Natalie Buchbinder, So., Wisconsin (Fairport, N.Y.)
Buchbinder tied for the WCHA and NCAA Division I scoring lead among blueliners with three points, tallying a goal and two assists as No. 2 Wisconsin swept No. 4 Minnesota Duluth. After earning an assist in UW's 4-2, series-opening win Saturday, the sophomore scored her first goal of the season Sunday to tie the game 1-1 and get the Badgers going in a 3-1 win. Buchbinder then earned an assist on UW's final goal 1:47 into the third period. The Fairport, N.Y. native added two blocks on the weekend and finished with a +2 rating. This is Buchbinder's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (recorded a pair of power-play assists as the No. 3 Gophers earned a 6-2 road win Friday at St. Cloud State); Lisa Bruno, So., Ohio State (scored her first collegiate goal and added an assist Friday, then blocked three shots Saturday as the now-No. 4 Buckeyes swept Minnesota State); Jordan Jackson, Jr., Minnesota State (tied for second in the WCHA with seven blocked shots and added six shots on goal in the Mavericks' series at now-No. 4 Ohio State); Taylor Wemple, So., St. Cloud State (factored in all three Huskies' scores against No. 3 Minnesota with a goal and two assists, while tying for second with seven blocked shots).
Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (Congers, N.Y.)
Levy was sensational facing the high-powered offense of now-No. 4 Ohio State, leading the WCHA with 84 saves (on 90 shots) – the second-most among all NCAA Division I goaltenders and tops among the country's D-I rookies. She finished the series with a .933 save percentage (second-best in the WCHA), logged 124:07 in net and made 42 stops both games, including during the Mavericks' 2-1, overtime loss in Saturday's series finale. This is Levy's second WCHA weekly award of the season, as the Congers, N.Y. native earned Rookie of the Week accolades Oct. 2.
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with two wins, while posting a 1.51 goals-against average to help the No. 2 Badgers sweep then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth).
Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Braendli looked like a seasoned veteran in her first career WCHA series, as the freshman backstopped the now-No. 4 Buckeyes to a sweep of Minnesota State with a league-best 0.48 goals-against average and .982 save percentage. The Zurich, Switzerland native stopped all 22 shots she faced Friday, including a spectacular stick save in the third period, for her first collegiate shutout in a 4-0 victory. Making her third collegiate start Saturday, Braendli made a career-high 33 saves as OSU prevailed in overtime, 2-1.
Honorable Mention: Britta Curl, F, Wisconsin (recorded her first collegiate game-winning goal, converting on the power play late in the third period Saturday to lift the No. 2 Badgers to a 4-2 win over then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth).
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