BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 27, 2018 – Following Week 9 of the 2018-19 season, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize five student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by
GoodWood Hockey. The honorees for games of Nov. 20-24, 2018 are: University of Wisconsin redshirt-senior Annie Pankowski and Minnesota redshirt-senior Kelly Pannek (Co-Forwards), Minnesota senior Sophie Skarzynski (Defenseman), Minnesota State University freshman Abigail Levy (Goaltender) and Gophers' freshman forward Taylor Heise (Rookie).
Annie Pankowski, Sr., Wisconsin (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
Pankowski had a weekend to remember for top-ranked Wisconsin, as she became the first player in program history to net game-winning goals in consecutive overtime contests. After scoring a shorthanded marker in the first period Friday that was the No. 3 play on ESPN's SportsCenter, the Badgers' co-captain netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift UW to a 3-2 victory over Harvard. On Saturday, the redshirt-senior from Laguna Hills, Calif. scored another beautiful, game-winning goal, this time with just 24 seconds left in OT that gave the Badgers a 2-1 triumph. Her goal on Saturday checked at No. 9 in SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays. Pankowski's two-game winning goals paced the WCHA and were tied for the NCAA lead, while her three goals ranked second in the conference. This is Pankowski's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and her seventh career honor.
Kelly Pannek, Sr., Minnesota (Plymouth, Minn.)
Pannek led the WCHA and tied for the NCAA lead with four goals, six points, 2.00 goals per game, 3.00 points per game, one shorthanded goal and one hat trick, earning Windjammer Classic MVP honors for the tournament-champion Gophers. In second-ranked Minnesota's 8-2 win over No. 8 St. Lawrence last Friday, Pannek scored her third career hat trick (including a shorthanded marker) and added an assist for a four-point effort. The 2018 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Gophers' captain then recorded two points (1g-1a) in a 6-2 victory over host Vermont to capture the Windjammer Classic title. The redshirt-senior from Plymouth, Minn. scored her four goals on 12 shots, while she added a +4 rating. This is Pannek's first WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and her seventh career honor.
Honorable Mention: Jordan McLaughlin, Sr., Minnesota State (factored in both goals of the Mavericks' 2-0 win Saturday at Lindenwood, scoring the game-winner and assisting on the other as Minnesota State completed its first road sweep since February 2014).
Sophie Skarzynski, Sr., Minnesota (Lake Forest, Ill.)
Skarzynski tied for the WCHA scoring lead among defensemen last week, helping No. 2 Minnesota win the 2018 Windjammer Classic with an 8-2 win over No. 8 St. Lawrence and a 6-2 victory over Vermont. Her two goals, three points and one game-winning goal were all tops among league blueliners, while her +5 rating matched teammate Patti Marshall for the best among all WCHA skaters (tied for third nationally). The senior from Lake Forest, Ill. opened the tournament by matching her career high with two goals, including the game-winner, in the Gophers' triumph over the Saints. Skarzynski then added an assist in the championship game victory over the host Catamounts. This is Skarzynski's first WCHA career weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Tristen Truax, So., Minnesota State (scored an unassisted goal Friday, the game's lone marker, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 win at Lindenwood en route to their first road sweep since February 2014).
Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (Congers, N.Y.)
Levy led Minnesota State to its first back-to-back shutout wins October 2006, and its first road sweep since February 2014, stopping all 35 shots she faced in two victories at Lindenwood. The only goaltender in the country with two shutouts last week, Levy made 18 saves in a 1-0 win Friday and 17 stops in Saturday's 2-0 triumph. The freshman, from Congers, N.Y. now has four shutouts in her first 14 collegiate starts – tied for the second-highest single-season total in Minnesota State history. Levy has also backstopped the Mavericks to their best 14-game record (7-5-2) since the 2005-06 campaign, earning four WCHA weekly awards thus far.
Honorable Mention: Janine Alder, Jr., St. Cloud State (pitched a 36-save shutout in the Huskies' 3-0, nonconference victory over Bemidji State last Tuesday at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (stopped 29-of-32 shots, leading the top-ranked Badgers to a pair of overtime wins and a sweep of visiting Harvard); Alex Gulstene, So., Minnesota (made a combined 35 saves, backstopping the second-ranked Gophers to the Windjammer Classic title with wins over No. 8 St. Lawrence and host Vermont).
Taylor Heise, F, Minnesota (Lake City, Minn.)
Heise matched her career high with three points (1g-2a) in second-ranked Minnesota's 6-2 win Saturday over Vermont in the championship game of the 2018 Windjammer Classic. The freshman from Lake City, Minn. earned all-tournament honors for the effort, which included a first-period, go-ahead goal, and assist on Amy Potomak's eventual game-winner and another helper later in the second stanza. Heise was tied for the WCHA rookie lead with two assists and three points, which also tied for the third-most nationally among freshmen. This is Heise's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Tatum Geier, D, St. Cloud State (assisted on the game-winning goal in the Huskies' 3-0 victory over Bemidji State in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic, while also blocking three shots and finishing with a +3 rating).
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