BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 1, 2019 – With the fifth 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 February 2019 are Minnesota redshirt junior Sarah Potomak (Forward), Minnesota Duluth freshman Maggie Flaherty (Defenseman), Ohio State freshman Andrea Braendli (Goaltender) and Wisconsin freshman forward Sophie Shirley (Rookie).
Sarah Potomak, RS-Jr., Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Minnesota's Sarah Potomak tied for the WCHA lead with nine points, 1.50 points per game and 0.67 goals per game in February. She also ranked in the top five in the league in goals (four) and assists (five) and finished with a +6 rating, which was ninth in the league. Potomak scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the overtime game-winning score in 3-2 victory over Minnesota State on Feb. 16. The Aldergrove, B.C., native had a season-high three points on a goal and two assists in the Gophers' 6-3 win at Bemidji State on Feb. 23 – including a helper on the game-winning goal – and finished the weekend with four points as the Gophers clinched the WCHA regular season title. This is Potomak's fourth career player of the month award (Offensive- Oct. 2016; Rookie- Oct. & Nov. 2015).
Honorable Mention: Abby Halluska, Jr., Bemidji State (tied for the WCHA lead with five goals scored); Corbin Boyd, Sr., Minnesota State (led the Mavericks in scoring with five points on a goal and four assists in February); Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State (led the Buckeyes, and tied for the WCHA lead, in February with nine points); Kayla Friesen, Jr., St. Cloud State (finished the month with seven points on three goals and four assists); Annie Pankowski, Sr., Wisconsin (shared the WCHA February scoring lead with nine points on two goals and seven assists).
Maggie Flaherty, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (Lakeville, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Maggie Flaherty led all WCHA defensemen in February in points (8), goals (3), assists (5), shots on goal (30) and blocks (30). The rookie's eight points also ranked third in the NCAA for month and tied for the freshman scoring lead nationally in February. The Lakeville, Minn., native's five assists shared the rookie lead for the month. Flaherty had a career-high three points against Minnesota State on Feb. 22, (2g, 1a) and enters the WCHA Quarterfinals as the Bulldogs' leading scorer among UMD blueliners with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists. This is Flaherty's first career WCHA Player of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, So., Bemidji State (led BSU's blueliners with four points on a goal and three assists in February); Anna Wilgren, Fr., Minnesota State (recorded a team-high 29 blocked shots for the month); Sophie Jaques, Fr., Ohio State (tied for second among WCHA defensemen in scoring for the month with six points on a pair of goals and four assists); Emily Brown, So., Minnesota (led all WCHA defenders with three power play assists in February); Mekenzie Steffen, Jr., Wisconsin (led the WCHA and tied for seventh nationally with a +10 rating in February).
Andrea Braendli, Fr., Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Ohio State's Andrea Braendli led the WCHA with a .979 save percentage and 0.72 goals-against-average in February. The rookie did not suffer a loss in the month that saw her notch a pair of shutouts and post a 2-0-2 record. She backstopped the Buckeyes as they tied No. 1 Wisconsin twice in Madison on the final weekend of the regular season, finishing with 92 saves in the series. The Zurich, Switzerland, native's .979 save percentage also led the NCAA for the month, while her two shutouts tied for the WCHA lead for the month. This is her first career Player of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-So., Bemidji State (posted a 4-2-0 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in February); Maddie Rooney, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (led the WCHA and ranked fourth in the NCAA with 243 saves in February); Abigail Levy, Fr., Minnesota State (stopped 30 or more shots in four of her six starts in February); Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (played in a league-high eight games, finishing the month with a 5-1-2 record and shared the WCHA lead with two shutouts for the month).
Sophie Shirley, F, Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Wisconsin's Sophie Shirley dominated in the month of February for Wisconsin, tying for the conference scoring lead with eight points on a league-high five goals and three assists to help lead the Badgers to a 5-1-2 mark for the month. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native shares the highest +/- rating for the month of February with a +7. Shirley finished the regular season as the WCHA's freshman scoring leader in league games with a line of 13-13-26 that ranked No. 3 overall in the WCHA. For the full season, she has tallied 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists in 34 games. This is her second WCHA Player of the Month honor this season (Oct. 2018).
Honorable Mention: Amy Potomak, F, Minnesota (tied for the scoring lead among WCHA rookies with eight points on three goals and five assists); Gabbie Hughes, F, Minnesota Duluth (tallied eight points on three goals and five assists to share the league scoring lead for the month); Madison Oelkers, F, Minnesota State (recorded the first multi-goal game of her career with a pair of scores against Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 23); Andrea Braendli, G, Ohio State (led the WCHA with a .979 save percentage and an 0.72 goals against average in February).
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