BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 26, 2019 – Following Week 21 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 Feb. 22-23 are Minnesota redshirt junior Sarah Potomak (Forward) and freshman Amy Potomak (Rookie), Minnesota Duluth freshman Maggie Flaherty (Defenseman) and Ohio State freshman Andrea Braendli (Goaltender).
Sarah Potomak, RS-Jr., Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Minnesota's Sarah Potomak tied for the WCHA lead with four points over the weekend. She led the league with four points, 2.00 points per game, and a +4 plus/minus rating. In Minnesota's series-opening 6-3 win over Bemidji State, Potomak scored her eighth goal of the season to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the game's opening five minutes. She added two assists, setting up Minnesota's go-ahead goal to make it 3-2 and then the Gophers' fifth goal to make it 5-2. Game two saw Potomak set up sister Amy Potomak's game-winning goal at 5:47 of the third period, which put Minnesota up 4-1. The Aldergrove, B.C., native's four-point series marked a season-high this year. She has six points (2g-4a) during a three-game point streak. For the weekend, Potomak's one goal was tied for sixth in the league and her three-assist effort was tied for second in the league. This is her first WCHA weekly honor of the season.
Honorable Mention: Abby Halluska, Jr., Bemidji State (led the Beavers in goals with three and scoring with three points against Minnesota); Brittyn Fleming, So., Minnesota State (posted three points on a goal and two assists with six shots on goal against Minnesota Duluth); Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State (contributed a goal and an assist in regulation play and a pair of shootout goals in OSU's four-point weekend at Wisconsin).
Maggie Flaherty, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (Lakeville, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Maggie Flaherty led all WCHA scorers with four points on three goals and an assist this past weekend. With a both a league rookie and defensemen-best four points, Flaherty also ranked second nationally among all defensemen in scoring as third among all NCAA rookie scorers. Flaherty's three goals led the nation's blueliners, and ranked second nationally among newcomers. With a +5 rating, the Lakeville, Minn., native also had a league-best two power play goals, and a league-high nine blocks, which ranked third nationally. With two goals and an assist in Friday night's game, Flaherty posted a career-high in both points and goals per game. Flaherty leads all UMD blueliners this season with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists. This is her first WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, So., Bemidji State (recorded an assist and six blocked shots against Minnesota); Patti Marshall, Jr., Minnesota (tied for the WCHA scoring lead with four points on four assists at Bemidji State); Anna Wilgren, Fr., Minnesota State (had a power play goal on nine shots with eight blocks in MSU's series with Minnesota Duluth); Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State (shared the league lead with nine blocked shots on the weekend); Mekenzie Steffen, Jr., Wisconsin (posted a pair of assists in the Badgers' series with Ohio State).
Andrea Braendli, Fr., Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Ohio State's Andrea Braendli put on a performance for the ages this weekend against No. 1 Wisconsin. After conceding a goal early in the first game of the series the rookie went 111:43 of game time before giving up another goal. Braendli notched a career-high 52 saves on Friday and 40 saves on Saturday to finish with an NCAA-leading 92 stops for the weekend. Her saves, 1.38 GAA and .968 save percentage all led the WCHA for the weekend and earned the Zurich, Switzerland, native NCAA First Star honors this week. The WCHA honor is Braendli's third Goaltender of the Week award and her sixth weekly honor overall. She has also been named Rookie of the Week three times.
Honorable Mention: Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (stopped 53 shots in the Mavericks' series with Minnesota Duluth).
Amy Potomak, F, Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Minnesota's Amy Potomak is the WCHA Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row. She tied for the WCHA scoring lead among rookies with four points and 2.00 points per game; she also led WCHA rookies with three assists, 1.50 assists per game, one game-winning goal, and a +4 plus/minus rating. In Minnesota's series-opening 6-3 win over Bemidji State, Potomak recorded three assists as she set up the Gophers' second, third, and fifth goals of the game. Potomak then scored the game-winning goal in Minnesota's 4-3 win in game two, scoring her 10th goal of the year early in the third period to put Minnesota up 4-1. The Aldergrove, B.C., native tied her career-best with her four-point series, and she has eight points (3g-5a) during a career-best five-game point streak. Potomak's three-assist effort and her +4 rating led NCAA rookies, and her four points were tied for third in the country among freshmen.
Honorable Mention: Maggie Flaherty, D, Minnesota Duluth (recorded four points on three goals and an assist against Minnesota State); Madison Oelkers, F, Minnesota State (scored two goals in the Mavericks' 3-3 tie with Minnesota Duluth on Saturday); Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (stopped an NCAA-best 92 shots against then-No. 1 Wisconsin); Sophie Shirley, F, Wisconsin (had a goal and an assist in the Badgers' series against Ohio State).
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