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All-WCHA and All-Academic teams honored

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 28, 2019 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize the 23 student-athletes represented on its 2018-19 All-WCHA Teams along with the 105 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees. Each of the five All-WCHA Teams are Powered by GoodWood Hockey.

"We are proud of all of our All-WCHA honorees for their athletic and academic success," WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million said. "Once again, our student-athletes have shown on and off the ice why the WCHA is the premier league in women's college hockey."

Showcasing the league's depth and youth, freshmen and sophomores account for two of six All-WCHA First Team selections, and 9 of 18 spots overall.

The 2018-19 WCHA Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goaltender, Rookie, Outstanding Student-Athlete and Coach of the Year will be announced March 4. The overall WCHA Player of the Year will be recognized on March 7.


All-WCHA First Team, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

The All-WCHA first team forward trio features Wisconsin senior Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and a pair of sophomore returnees from the 2018 league first team – Ohio State's Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ontario) and Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.). Maltais finished the regular season with 40 points on 14 goals and 26 assists in 32 games and tallied 27 points (10-17) in WCHA play to tie for the league lead in points and assists. Zumwinkle scored more goals than any other WCHA player (23), including 13 in league play to tie for the WCHA lead. Pankowski finished the campaign with 37 points (17-20) and had 22 points (9-13) in league play.

The All-WCHA blueliners are juniors Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.) of Ohio State and Wisconsin's Mekenzie Steffen (Centerville, Minn.). Dunne tied for the league scoring lead among defensemen with 25 points (3-22), 17 (2-15) of which she tallied in WCHA play. Steffen equaled Dunne's WCHA point total as she contributed five goals and 12 assists to the Badger attack in league play. Her full season numbers included 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists.

Wisconsin junior Kristen Campbell (Brandon, Manitoba) returns as the All-WCHA goaltender in 2019. For the second year in a row she started all 24 league games and led the WCHA in wins (18), goals against average (1.08) and shutouts (6). Her 28 wins in all games leads the NCAA as does her 1.15 GAA while her seven shutouts are the second-most in the country.


All-WCHA Second Team, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

The All-WCHA second team front line includes Minnesota senior Nicole Schammel (Red Wing, Minn.), Wisconsin freshman Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Badger junior Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.). Schammel tied for the WCHA scoring championship with 27 points (10-17) in league play with her 17 assists also sharing the league lead. Shirley was the top rookie scorer in league contests with 26 points (13-13). Her 35 total points (19-16) ranks fourth nationally among freshmen. Roque (5-16-21) tied for the WCHA lead in power play goals in league lay with four and won a league-best 254 faceoffs this season in WCHA play.

The All-WCHA second team defenders are Wisconsin senior Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Minnesota sophomore Emily Brown (Blaine, Minn.). Brown excelled on the power play for the top-ranked Gophers, leading the WCHA with 10 points and nine assists on the man advantage in league play. Rolfes recorded 15 points on three goals and 12 assists for the Badgers in WCHA contests this season.

Minnesota State freshman Abigail Levy led all WCHA netminders with 690 saves in league play this season on a WCHA-high 753 shots faced. The Congers, N.Y., native stopped a total of 914 shots in 2018-19, which ranks No. 3 in the NCAA and is tops among all freshmen nationally.


All-WCHA Third Team, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

Minnesota senior Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) and Minnesota Duluth freshman Gabbie Hughes (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and sophomore Naomi Rogge (Eden Prairie, Minn.) make up the forward group on the All-WCHA third team. Pannek finished her senior campaign with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists in WCHA play. Hughes finished fifth in the league in scoring with 23 points (11-12) in WCHA games. Hughes' scoring total ranked No. 2 among all WCHA freshmen and she led league rookies in faceoffs won with 217. Rogge tied for eighth in the WCHA with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists.

Minnesota junior Patti Marshall (Thief River Falls, Minn.) and Bemidji State sophomore Mak Langei (East Grand Forks, Minn.) are the All-WCHA third team defensemen. Just a sophomore, Langei already ranks among the top-10 BSU defenders in career points and career assists. Marshall was the Gophers' second-leading scorer among defensemen this season, tallying 14 points on a goal and 13 assists. Her +24 rating was also second among all WCHA blueliners this season.

Bemidji State sophomore Lauren Bench (Eagan, Minn.) earns All-WCHA third team honors after pitching four shutouts for the Beavers this season, which ranks No. 5 in school history in a single season. In just two campaigns, she is already climbing the BSU goaltending charts, ranking in the top-10 in career games, wins, shutouts, goals against average and saves. She recorded a shutout streak of 161:32 this season that is the longest in school history.


WCHA All-Rookie Team, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

The WCHA All-Rookie Team features a quartet of forwards that includes Wisconsin's Sophie Shirley and Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes and Minnesota's Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.). Curl finished fourth among WCHA rookies in scoring with 21 points (11-10) in league play. Her 83 shots on goal and 3.88 shots per game was a freshman high this season. Heise led all newcomers in assists (15), power play assists (six), power play points (seven) and game-winning goals (3).

Defensively, the All-Rookie Team includes Ohio State's Sophie Jaques (Toronto, Ontario), Minnesota Duluth's Maggie Flaherty (Lakeville, Minn.) and Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren (Hudson, Wis.). Jaques (5-7) and Flaherty (3-9) tied for the league lead in scoring by freshmen defenders with 12 points each. Wilgren led the WCHA with 82 blocked shots in league play and enters the postseason second in the NCAA with 119 blocks in all games.

Minnesota State goaltender Abigail Levy rounds out the All-Rookie Team.


About the 2018-19 All-WCHA Teams, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

WCHA Women's League member head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the All-WCHA Teams. The All-WCHA First, Second and Third Teams are determined by tabulating votes on a sliding 5-3-1 scale for First, Second and Third Team, respectively. The WCHA All-Rookie Team is determined by tabulating the number of votes each player receives.

2018-19 All-WCHA Teams, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
First Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Annie Pankowski F Sr. Wisconsin Laguna Hills, Calif.
Emma Maltais F So. Ohio State Burlington, Ontario
Grace Zumwinkle F So. Minnesota Excelsior, Minn.
Jincy Dunne D Jr. Ohio State O'Fallon, Mo.
Mekenzie Steffen D Jr. Wisconsin Centerville, Minn.
Kristen Campbell G Jr. Wisconsin Brandon, Manitoba

Second Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Nicole Schammel F Sr. Minnesota Red Wing, Minn.
Sophie Shirley F Fr. Wisconsin Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Abby Roque F Jr. Wisconsin Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Maddie Rolfes D Sr. Wisconsin West Des Moines, Iowa
Emily Brown D So. Minnesota Blaine, Minn.
Abigail Levy G Fr. Minnesota State Congers, N.Y.

Third Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Gabbie Hughes F Fr. Minnesota Duluth Lino Lakes, Minn.
Kelly Pannek F Sr. Minnesota Plymouth, Minn.
Naomi Rogge F So. Minnesota Duluth Eden Prairie, Minn.
Patti Marshall D Jr. Minnesota Thief River Falls, Minn.
Mak Langei D So. Bemidji State East Grand Forks, Minn.
Lauren Bench G So. Bemidji State Eagan, Minn.

WCHA All-Rookie Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Sophie Shirley F Fr. Wisconsin Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Gabbie Hughes F Fr. Minnesota Duluth Lino Lakes, Minn.
Britta Curl F* Fr. Wisconsin Bismarck, N.D.
Taylor Heise F* Fr. Minnesota Lake City, Minn.
Sophie Jaques D Fr. Ohio State Toronto, Ontario
Maggie Flaherty D* Fr. Minnesota Duluth Lakeville, Minn.
Anna Wilgren D* Fr. Minnesota State Hudson, Wis.
Abigail Levy G Fr. Minnesota State Congers, N.Y.
*- Denotes a tie in the voting

2018-19 WCHA All-Academic Team, Powered by GoodWood Hockey

The League also released the 2018-19 WCHA All-Academic Team, comprised of 105 student-athletes representing all seven WCHA Women's League member institutions.

To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

Following, by team, are the 2018-19 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees.

Bemidji State University (19)
Paige Beebe (So., F, Blaine, Minn.); Lauren Bench (So., G, Eagan, Minn.); Emily Bergland (Sr., F, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Clair DeGeorge (So., F, Anchorage, Ak.); Kerigan Dowhy (So., G, The Pas, Manitoba); Abby Ecker (So., D, Grey Eagle, Minn.); Lindsey Featherstone (So., F, Woodbury, Minn.); Abby Halluska (Jr., F, Delano, Minn.); Melissa Hunt (Sr., D, Hartney, Manitoba); Briana Jorde (Jr., D, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Jacqueline Kaasa (Jr., F, North Hudson, Wis.); Tina Kampa (So., D, Maple Grove, Minn.); Mak Langei (So., D, East Grand Forks, Minn.); Haley Mack (Jr., F., East Grand Forks, Minn.); Sylvia Marolt (Sr., F, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Heather Olson (Jr., D, Bemidji, Minn.); Lydia Passolt (So., F, Chanhassen, Minn.); Kiki Radke (Jr., F, Hastings, Minn.); Kara Werth (So., D, Moorhead, Minn.)

University of Minnesota (17)
Emily Brown (So., D, Blaine, Minn.); Alex Gulstene (So., G, Vancouver, B.C.); Tianna Gunderson (Sr., F, Roseau, Minn.); Olivia Knowles (So., D, Campbell River, B.C.); Patti Marshall (Jr., D, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Emma May (Sr., G, Eagan, Minn.); Kelly Pannek (Sr., F, Plymouth, Minn.); Jackie Pieper (Sr., F, Edina, Minn.); Sarah Potomak (Jr., F, Aldergrove, B.C.); Katie Robinson (Jr., D, Kasson, Minn.); Nicole Schammel (Sr., F, Red Wing, Minn.); Sophie Skarzynski (Sr., D, Lake Forest, Ill.); Sierra Smith (Sr., F/D, Stillwater, Minn.); Taylor Wente (So., F, Plymouth, Minn.); Taylor Williamson (Sr., F, Edina, Minn.); Alex Woken (Jr., F, Fargo, N.D.); Grace Zumwinkle (So., F, Excelsior, Minn.)

University of Minnesota Duluth (9)
Ashton Bell (So., F, Deloraine, Manitoba); Sydney Brodt (Jr., F, North Oaks, Minn.); Reagan Haley (Sr., F, Red Wing, Minn.); Ryleigh Houston (Jr., F, Winnipeg, Manitoba); Anna Klein (So., F, Edina, Minn.); McKenzie Revering (So., D, Alexandria, Minn.); Naomi Rogge (So., F, Eden Prairie, Minn.); Brooklynn Schugel (Jr., F, New Ulm, Minn.); Emma Yanko (Sr., F, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Minnesota State University (14)
Emily Antony (Sr., F, Plymouth, Minn.); Kathryn Bidulka (Sr., G, Oakville, Ontario); Corbin Boyd (Sr., F, Minnetonka, Minn.); Chloe Crosby (Jr., G, Lakeville, Minn.); Lena Dusterhoft (Sr., D, Munich, Germany); Brittyn Fleming (So., F, Oregon, Wis.); Taylor Gulenchyn (Jr., F, Stillwater, Minn.); Megan , Hinze (Sr., D, Carver, Minn.); Jordan Jackson (Jr., D, Maplewood, Minn.); Rebekah Kolstad (Sr., F, Mankato, Minn.); Jessica Kondas (So., D, Calgary, Alberta); Jordan McLaughlin (Sr., F, Grand Rapids, Minn.); Sofia Poinar (Jr., F, Chanhassen, Minn.); McKenzie Sederberg (Jr., D, Andover, Minn.)

Ohio State University (14)
Samantha Bouley (Jr., F, Stittsville, Ontario); Lauren Boyle (Sr., D, Los Gatos, Cailf.); Charly Dahlquist (Sr., F, Eden Prairie, Minn.); Jincy Dunne (Jr., D, O'Fallon, Mo.); Madison Field (Sr., F, Oakville, Ontario); Rebecca Freiburger (Jr., F, Rochester, Minn.); Erin Langermeier (Sr., F, Westlake, Ohio); Emma Maltais (So., F, Burlington, Ontario); Jacyn Reeves (Sr., F/D, Holmen, Wis.); Elise Riemenschneider (Jr., D, Rocky River, Ohio); Liz Schepers (So., F, Mound, Minn.); Tatum Skaggs (So., F, Hartland, Wis.); Olivia Soares (Jr., F, Hanover, Mass.); Lynsey Wallace (So., G, Seven Hills, Ohio)

St. Cloud State University (14)
Janine Alder (Jr., G, Zurich, Switzerland); Hannah Bates (So., D, Trenton, Mich.); Katie Detert (Jr., F, Rhinelander, Wis.); Ivy Dynek (Sr., F, Northfield, Ill.); Janna Haeg (Jr., F, Lakeville, Minn.); Laura Kluge (So., F, Berlin, Germany); Brooke Kudirka (Jr., F, Omaha, Neb.); Suvi Ollikainen (Sr., F, Klaukkala, Finland); Emma Polusny (So., G, Mound, Minn.); Hannah Potrykus (Sr., F, Brighton, Mich.); Megan , Roe (So., F, Woodhaven, Mich.); Hallie Theodosopoulos (Jr., F/D, Brookings, S.D.); Abby Thiessen (Jr., D, Red Deer, Alberta); Kenzie Wylie (So., D, Ham Lake, Minn.)

University of Wisconsin (18)
Breanna Blesi (So., G, Maple Grove, Minn.); Grace Bowlby (So., D, Edina, Minn.); Natalie Buchbinder (So., D, Fairport, N.Y.); Kristen Campbell (Jr., G, Brandon, Manitoba); Emily Clark (Sr., F, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan); Samantha Cogan (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario); Mikaela Gardner (Sr., D, Plainfield, Ill.); Kyleigh Hanzlik (So., F, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.); Alexis Mauermann (Jr., F, Janesville, Wis.); Presley Norby (Jr., F, Minnetonka, Minn.); Annie Pankowski (Sr., F, Laguna Hills, Calif.); Brette Pettet (So., F, Kentville, Nova Scotia); Maddie Posick (So., F, Stoughton, Wis.); Maddie Rolfes (Sr., D, West Des Moines, Iowa); Abby Roque (Jr., F, Sault Ste. Marie, Mic.); Caitlin Schneider (So., F, Glenview, Ill.); Sophia Shaver (Sr., F, Wayzata, Minn.); Mekenzie Steffen (Jr., D, Centerville, Minn.)


About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is celebrating 20 Years of Excellence during 2018-19 anniversary season. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 16 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 15 of a possible 18 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 98 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division 1 conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit www.wcha.com.


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