BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 20, 2018 – Following Week 8 of the 2018-19 season, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by
GoodWood Hockey. The honorees for games of Nov. 16-18, 2018 are: Ohio State University sophomore Tatum Skaggs (Forward), redshirt-junior Jincy Dunne (Defenseman) and freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli (Rookie), along with University of Wisconsin junior Kristen Campbell (Goaltender).
Tatum Skaggs, So., Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)
Skaggs paced the WCHA with three goals and tied for the league lead with four points, helping now-No. 6 Ohio State to a league sweep of then-No. 7/8 Minnesota Duluth. The sophomore from Hartland, Wis. notched an assist on the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 OSU victory, then burned the Bulldogs for a hat trick in Saturday's sweep-clinching, 4-1 triumph. Skaggs brought the Buckeyes even at 1-1 with a first-period, power-play goal, then turned a 2-1 OSU lead into the 4-1 final with a pair of third-stanza markers. One of three players nationally with a hat trick, Skaggs tied for the NCAA lead with her three goals and tied for third with four points. This is Skaggs' first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and her sixth career honor.
Honorable Mention: Corbin Boyd, Sr., Minnesota State (scored two goals and recorded an assist in Friday's 4-4 tie at Robert Morris, helping the Mavericks to an undefeated nonconference road weekend); Brooke Kidurka, Jr., St. Cloud State (netted an unassisted goal Saturday, opening the scoring for the Huskies in a 4-3 overtime loss to No. 2 Minnesota); Kelly Pannek, Sr., Minnesota (tied for the WCHA lead with four points, including a power-play goal and short-handed marker, helping the No. 2 Gophers sweep St. Cloud State); Sophie Shirley, Fr., Wisconsin (scored two goals and added an assist in the No. 1 Badgers' 5-0 win Friday, finishing the sweep of Bemidji State with a league rookie-best three points).
Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Dunne was all over the ice for now-No. 6 Ohio State in its league sweep of then-No. 7/8 Minnesota Duluth, tying for the NCAA lead with three assists, leading WCHA defensemen with three points and topping all league skaters with a +4 rating. The redshirt-junior from O'Fallon, Mo. had a helper in Friday's 3-1 victory, then set up two of Tatum Skaggs' three goals in Saturday's 4-1 triumph. Dunne also added five shots on goal and three blocked shots. This is Dunne's second-consecutive WCHA weekly award and her third career honor.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (tied for second among WCHA blueliners with two points, collecting a pair of assists in Saturday's 4-3, overtime win as the No. 2 Gophers swept St. Cloud State); Mikaela Gardner, Sr., Wisconsin (dished out two assists in the No. 1 Badgers' 5-0 win Friday, tying for second among WCHA defensemen and helping UW sweep Bemidji State); Anna Wilgren, Fr., Minnesota State (led the nation with 12 blocked shots, while also adding an assist as the Mavericks went 1-0-1 in a nonconference series at Robert Morris).
Kristen Campbell, So., Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Campbell increased her scoreless streak to 191 minutes, 32 seconds with back-to-back shutouts as No. 1 Wisconsin swept visiting Bemidji State. The sophomore from Brandon, Manitoba stopped all 15 shots she faced in UW's 5-0 win on Friday, before making 12 saves in a 3-0 triumph Saturday. Campbell was one of two goalies nationally last week to post two shutouts. This is Campbell's second WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and her fifth career honor.
Honorable Mention: Kerigan Dowhy, So., Bemidji State (was second in the WCHA with 80 saves, while posting a .919 save percentage during the Beavers' series at No. 1 Wisconsin); Alex Gulstene, So., Minnesota (picked up two wins, making 30 saves and backstopping the No. 2 Gophers to a home-and-home sweep of St. Cloud State); Abigail Levy, Fr. Minnesota State (posted 73 saves, a .936 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average, backstopping the Mavericks to a 1-0-1 nonconference road weekend at Robert Morris); Emma Polusny, So., St, Cloud State (led NCAA Division I goaltenders with 88 saves, facing 99 shots and cresting the 40-stop mark both games during the Huskies' series with No. 2 Minnesota).
Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Braendli provided a steadying presence in net as now-No. 6 Ohio State swept then-No. 7/8 Minnesota Duluth, posting 48 stops, a .960 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average in the two wins. The freshman from Zurich, Switzerland made 27 saves in Friday's 3-1 OSU victory, then turned aside 21 shots in the Buckeyes' 4-1 triumph Saturday. Braendli ranked second in the WCHA last weekend for save percentage and GAA. This is Braendli's third WCHA weekly award of her rookie season.
Honorable Mention: Brooke Bryant, F, Minnesota State (scored her first two collegiate goals Friday at Robert Morris, helping the Mavericks to a 4-4 tie and undefeated nonconference road series at Robert Morris); Taylor Heise, F, Minnesota (netted the game-winning, overtime goal in Saturday's 4-3 victory, then had two assists Sunday to tie for the WCHA rookie scoring lead during the No. 2 Gophers' sweep of St. Cloud State); Jenniina Nylund, F, St. Cloud State (scored a goal and had an assist Saturday, as the Huskies dropped a 4-3, overtime decision to No. 2 Minnesota); Sophie Shirley, Fr., Wisconsin (scored two goals and added an assist in the No. 1 Badgers' 5-0 win Friday, finishing the sweep of Bemidji State with a league rookie-best three points).
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