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Quartet earns accolades for games of Feb. 5-10, 2019
UW's Curl And Shirley, OSU's Boyle And SCSU's Alder Named WCHA Players Of The Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Quartet earns accolades for games of Feb. 5-10, 2019

Goodwood BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 12, 2019 – Following Week 19 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. 5-10 are Wisconsin freshmen Britta Curl (Forward) and Sophie Shirley (Rookie), Ohio State senior Lauren Boyle (Defenseman) and St. Cloud State junior Janine Alder (Goaltender).

WCHA Forward of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

playerBritta Curl, Fr., Wisconsin (Bismarck, N.D.)

Wisconsin's Britta Curl enjoyed another great weekend for UW, scoring a pair of goals while adding two helpers in UW's sweep of Minnesota State at LaBahn Arena. Curl tied a career high with three points in UW's 7-2 win on Friday as she scored a goal while adding two assists and also tied a career-high with a +3 plus/minus rating. Curl collected another goal in UW's 4-1 win on Saturday to extend her goal streak to three games. Her four points last weekend were tied for second in the WCHA while her points-per-game average of 2.00 was tied for the league high with linemate Annie Pankowski.

Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, Sr., Bemidji State (scored the game-winning goal in Bemidji's upset of then-No. 9 Ohio State and is now tied for fifth on the BSU career goals list with 36); Corbin Boyd, Sr., Minnesota State (recorded three points on a goal and two assists in the Mavericks' series at Wisconsin); Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State (scored a goal and picked up two assists in the Buckeyes' series with St. Cloud State); Hannah Potrykus, Sr., St. Cloud State (posted four points on two goals and a pair of assists in three games last week with one game-winning goal).

WCHA Defenseman of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

playerLauren Boyle, Sr., Ohio State (Los Gatos, Calif.)

Ohio State's Lauren Boyle made the most of senior weekend in Columbus, scoring a goal in Friday's opener against Bemidji State, then notching a pair of assists on Senior Day to help the Buckeyes record a 5-1 win. The Los Gatos, Calif., native has nine points this season on two goals and seven assists and is +3 with 44 shots on goal.

Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, So., Bemidji State (scored a goal and blocked four shots with three shots on goal in the Beavers' split at Ohio State); Maggie Flaherty, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (recorded three assists, 13 shots on goal and averaged 6.50 shots and 1.50 assists per game to lead WCHA blueliners in all four categories); Anna Wilgren, Fr., Minnesota State (had an assist and 14 blocked shots for the Mavericks against Wisconsin); Mekenzie Steffen, Jr., Wisconsin (had a goal and two assists – all on the power play – in the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State).

WCHA Goaltender of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

playerJanine Alder, Jr., St. Cloud State (Zurich, Switzerland)

St. Cloud State's Janine Alder started in the Huskies Saturday game at Minnesota Duluth and stopped 51 shots in the Huskies' 3-2 win to surpass her previous season-high save game of 50. Alder ranks first in the WCHA and sixth in the nation in save percentage. She has allowed 42 goals on 696 shots in 17 games played this season, averaging a .940 save percentage. She also ranks seventh in WCHA goals against average at 2.47.

Honorable Mention: Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (stopped 63 shots in three games for the Mavericks last week); Amanda Zeglen, So., Ohio State (stopped 18-of-19 shots in the Buckeyes' 5-1 win over Bemidji State); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (was 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals against average with 22 saves on 25 shots in the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

playerSophie Shirley, F, Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Wisconsin's Sophie Shirley scored three of UW's 11 goals last weekend in its sweep of Minnesota State at LaBahn Arena. She scored her first goal of the series in UW's 7-2 win on Saturday before adding a two-goal effort in Sunday's 4-1 win. Her three goals last weekend were the most by any WCHA skater while her plus/minus rating was tied for the best by a WCHA rookie. In addition, Shirley's .500 shooting percentage was the best by any rookie in the league.

Honorable Mention: Maggie Flaherty, D, Minnesota Duluth (led all WCHA rookies with three assists, 13 shots, 6.50 shots per game and 1.50 assists per game); Claire Butorac, F, Minnesota State (recorded a goal, five shots on goal and five blocks against Wisconsin); Sophie Jaques, D, Ohio State (tallied a goal and two assists and was +2 in Ohio State's split with Bemidji State); Jenniina Nylund, F, St. Cloud State (scored twice in the Huskies' weekend split at Minnesota Duluth).

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