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Quartet earns accolades for December 2018
UW's Pankowski, MSU's Wilgren And Levy, And UMN's A. Potomak Named WCHA Players Of The Month, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Quartet earns accolades for December 2018

Goodwood BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 3, 2018 – With the third month of the 2018-19 campaign completed, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize four student-athletes as its WCHA Players of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey. The honorees for December 2018 are: University of Wisconsin redshirt-senior Annie Pankowski (Forward), Minnesota State University freshmen Anna Wilgren (Defenseman) and Abigail Levy (Goaltender), and University of Minnesota freshman forward Amy Potomak (Rookie).

WCHA Forward of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey (December 2018)

playerAnnie Pankowski, RS-Sr., Wisconsin (Laguna Hills, Calif.)

Pankowski was fantastic in December, recording a WCHA-best eight points on a league-high five goals and three assists, helping nationally top-ranked Wisconsin to a perfect 4-0-0 month. She tied for second in the country for points and goals, while her 2.00 points-per-game and 1.25 goals-per-contest averages were third and second, respectively.

The redshirt-senior from Laguna Hills, Calif. scored a goal in each of the Badgers' four December contests, extending her goal-scoring streak to seven-straight games – the third-longest such streak in program history. Pankowski also tied the school record for most career shorthanded goals with her eighth such effort in UW's 9-1 victory over Syracuse on Dec. 2 (part of a four-point game). She also scored three goals in a Dec. 7-8 road sweep at St. Cloud State, helping UW finish the month with an NCAA-best 26 goals (6.50 per game).

Pankowski enters 2019 with a WCHA-best 14 goals this season, tied for the third-best mark nationally. This is Pankowski's first career WCHA monthly award.

Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, So., Minnesota State (tallied two goals and an assist in four games, including a goal in the Mavericks' win over then-No. 6 Ohio State); Tatum Skaggs, So. Ohio State (paced the No. 8 Buckeyes with six points, tallying two goals and four assists); Grace Zumwinkle, So., Minnesota (helped the No. 2 Gophers to a 3-0-0 month with four points and a plus-4 rating).

WCHA Defenseman of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey (December 2018)

playerAnna Wilgren, Fr., Minnesota State (Hudson, Wis

Wilgren sacrificed herself in helping Minnesota State yield just 1.50 goals per game, as she led the WCHA and ranked third nationally with 17 blocked shots. The freshman blueliner also added a pair of points, along with a plus-3 rating.

A native of Hudson, Wis., Wilgren's lone goal of the month was a big one, as she netted the third-period, game-winning marker in the Mavericks' 3-0 victory over then-No. 6 Ohio State on Dec. 1. A special teams contributor on both sides, she also helped Minnesota State kill 11 of 12 penalties over its four December contests. After adding an assist in a 2-2 tie Dec. 7 at Minnesota Duluth, Wilgren tied for sixth among WCHA defensemen in scoring last month.

This is the first career WCHA monthly honor for Wilgren, who leads the WCHA with 54 blocked shots this season (tied for fourth nationally).

Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (helped the No. 2 Gophers to a 3-0-0 month with three points on a goal and two assists, along with a plus-7 rating); Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State (tallied a pair of assists for the No. 8 Buckeyes to tie for sixth among WCHA blueliners with two points, while guiding an OSU defense that allowed just 1.50 goals-per-game); Maddie Rolfes, Sr., Wisconsin (tied for the NCAA lead with a plus-9 rating, while tallying three points on a goal and two assists as the top-ranked Badgers finished December a perfect 4-0-0).

WCHA Goaltender of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey (December 2018)

playerAbigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (Congers, N.Y.)

Levy, a true freshman, captured her third-consecutive WCHA monthly honor after pacing all NCAA goaltenders in December with 244:12 minutes, 132 saves and one shutout (tied). She also posted a 1.47 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage in four games.

The Congers, N.Y. native opened the month with a 3-0 shutout over then-No. 6 Ohio State, an effort that made her the first goaltender in Minnesota State program history with three-straight clean sheets. Levy made 41 stops in that contest, part of a 79-save weekend against the Buckeyes. She then turned aside 53-of-57 shots in a Dec. 7-8 road series at Minnesota Duluth, helping the Mavericks to a 2-2 tie before a 2-1 loss in the finale. Three of the rookie's four outings on the month were 30-plus save efforts.

Led by Levy's performance in net, Minnesota State (8-7-3) entered the holiday break with a winning record for the first time since the 2005-06 season (9-7-2). Levy is tied for the NCAA lead with five shutouts (matching the program single-season record), while ranking third with a .953 save percentage, sixth with a 1.42 GAA and second with 527 saves (most by a freshman).

Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-So., Bemidji State (started the month with a 2-0, 26-save shutout of St. Cloud State, then held host Mercyhurst scoreless for 41:42 to set the Beavers' all-time record with a 161:32 shutout streak); Andrea Braendli, Fr., Ohio State (went 3-1-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout for the eighth-ranked Buckeyes); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (posted an NCAA-best four wins, while leading the top-ranked Badgers to a perfect 4-0-0 month with a 1.20 goals-against average and .911 save percentage); Sydney Scobee, Jr., Minnesota (in her lone outing, logged a 30-save shutout against Robert Morris, wrapping up a perfect 3-0-0 month for the No. 2 Gophers).

WCHA Rookie of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey (December 2018)

playerAmy Potomak, F, Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)

Potomak led WCHA freshmen with four assists and a 1.33 assists-per-game mark, while ranking second with four points and 1.33 points-per-contest. Her four helpers and 1.33 assists-per-game both tied for tops among NCAA rookies.

A native of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Potomak helped second-ranked Minnesota end a perfect 3-0-0 month with a Dec. 7-8 nonconference sweep of Robert Morris. She picked up a pair of assists in both games, including setting up the game-winning goal in the series opener.

This is the first career WCHA monthly award for Potomak, who leads WCHA rookies and is fourth nationally with 12 assists this season.

Honorable Mention: Andrea Braendli, Fr., Ohio State (went 3-1-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout for the eighth-ranked Buckeyes); Britta Curl, F, Wisconsin (led WCHA rookies with four goals and five points, both tied for second-most nationally, helping the top-ranked Badgers to a perfect 4-0-0 month).

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