BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 11, 2018 – Following Week 11 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 Dec. 7-8, 2018 are: University of Wisconsin redshirt-senior Annie Pankowski (Forwards), Minnesota State sophomore Tristen Truax (Defenseman), University of Minnesota junior Sydney Scobee (Goaltender) and University of Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Anneke Linser (Rookie).
Annie Pankowski, RS-Sr., Wisconsin (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
Pankowski tied for the NCAA lead with a WCHA-best three goals and extended her goal-scoring streak to seven-straight games, the third-longest in Wisconsin history, in leading the top-ranked Badgers to a league road sweep at St. Cloud State. The redshirt-senior from Laguna Hills, Calif. scored a pair of second-period goals in UW's 8-2 win Friday, before adding an empty-net, power-play goal in the final seconds of Saturday's 3-1 victory. Pankowski, who has nine goals (and 12 points) during her seven-game run, now has a WCHA-high 14 goals this season despite missing two games due to the Four Nations Cup. This is Pankowski's second WCHA weekly award of the 2018-19 season and her eighth career honor.
Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, Sr., Bemidji State (moved into a tie for 10th in BSU history with her 33rd career goal, the game-winner, while adding an assist in the Beavers' 3-1 nonconference road win Saturday at Mercyhurst); Brittyn Fleming, So., Minnesota State (sparked the Mavericks' Friday comeback to a 2-2 tie with a third-period goal, while adding an assist in Saturday's contest at Minnesota Duluth); Laura Kluge, So., St. Cloud State (netted her first goal of the season, lighting the lamp against No. 1 Wisconsin); Taylor Wente, So. Minnesota (tied for the WCHA scoring lead with four points on a goal and three assists, helping the No. 2 Gophers to a nonconference sweep of Robert Morris).
Tristen Truax, So., Minnesota State (Shakopee, Minn.)
Recently converted from a forward into a defenseman, Truax made her presence felt on both ends of the ice during Minnesota State's series at Minnesota Duluth. The sophomore from Stillwater, Minn. scored the equalizer Friday, lighting the lamp with 6:15 remaining to lift the Mavericks to a 2-2 road tie. She also added an assist in Saturday's contest, while tying for the team lead with six blocked shots (tied for third in the WCHA). Although the Mavericks dropped Saturday's game, Truax finished the series with a plus-3 rating. This is Truax's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (tied for the WCHA blueliner scoring lead with three points, netting the game-winning goal in Friday's 7-1 win and collecting two assists Saturday as the No. 2 Gophers completed a nonconference sweep of Robert Morris); Tina Kampa, So., Bemidji State (posted an assist and blocked two shots in the Beavers' nonconference road split at Mercyhurst); Maddie Rolfes, Sr., Wisconsin (scored her first goal of the season and added two assists in Friday's 8-2 to tie for the WCHA defenseman scoring lead, helping the No. 1 Badgers to a road sweep at St. Cloud State).
Sydney Scobee, Jr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Scobee was perfect in her lone appearance making 30 saves for her second Gophers shutout and backstopping No. 2 Minnesota to a 5-0, sweep-clinching nonconference win over Robert Morris. The junior from Minnetrista, Minn. made seven saves in the first period, 11 in the second and 12 more in the third, while also keeping the Colonials scoreless on three power plays. Scobee earned the only shutout of the weekend by a WCHA goaltender and was one of three NCAA netminders to record a perfect 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average. This is the first WCHA weekly award for Scobee, who transferred to the Gophers from the University of Vermont.
Honorable Mention: Janine Alder, Jr., St. Cloud State (collected a season-high 46 saves Saturday, keeping the Huskies deadlocked at 1-1 with top-ranked Wisconsin deep into the third period of a 3-1 setback); Lauren Bench, RS-So., Bemidji State (held Mercyhurst scoreless for the first 41:42 of Friday's game to set Bemidji State's all-time shutout streak at 161:32); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (only WCHA goaltender with two wins last week, while posting a 1.50 goals-against average in the No. 1 Badgers' road sweep at St. Cloud State); Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (led the WCHA with 53 saves on the weekend, helping the Mavericks to a Friday road tie at Minnesota Duluth).
Anneke Linser, F, Minnesota Duluth (Lino Lakes, Minn.)
Linser tied for second among WCHA rookies with three points (most by a freshman in league games), helping Minnesota Duluth to a five-point weekend against Minnesota State. The Lino Lakes, Minn. native collected an assist in Friday's 2-2 tie, before factoring in both UMD goals in Saturday's 2-1 victory. Linser helped set up fellow rookie Gabbie Hughes in the second period for the Bulldogs' first goal Saturday, then delivered an unassisted tally later in the stanza for the eventual game-winner. Linser tied for third among NCAA rookies in scoring last weekend, earning the first WCHA weekly award of her freshman season.
Honorable Mention: Britta Curl, F, Wisconsin (had an assist Friday and scored a goal of her own Saturday, while posting a WCHA rookie-best plus-3 rating as the No. 1 Badgers earned a road sweep at St. Cloud State); Abigail Levy, G, Minnesota State (led the WCHA with 53 saves on the weekend, helping the Mavericks to a Friday road tie at Minnesota Duluth); Amy Potomak, F, Minnesota (tied for the NCAA rookie lead with four points and four assists, while tying for the WCHA overall scoring lead after consecutive two-helper games in the No. 2 Gophers' nonconference sweep of Robert Morris).
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