BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – April 16, 2019 – With the final 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 March 2019 are Wisconsin seniors Annie Pankowski (Forward) and Maddie Rolfes (Defenseman), junior Kristen Campbell (Goaltender) and freshman forward Britta Curl (Rookie). The Badgers captured the league's 17th national championship in March.
Annie Pankowski, Sr., Wisconsin (Laguna Hills, Calif.)
Wisconsin's Annie Pankowski enjoyed an historic March, scoring 11 goals for the Badgers while leading UW to its fifth NCAA title and its eighth WCHA tournament crown. Pankowski scored a goal in each game in March, matching her career best goal streak of seven games, which is the third-longest streak in program history. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native was the only player in the WCHA to record a hat trick in the month while her 11 goals and 13 points paced the NCAA. Pankowski also recorded an NCAA-best plus/minus rating of +14 during the month. The senior co-captain broke the school record for most career short-handed goals with her final tally as a Badger in UW's 2-0 win against Minnesota in the NCAA title game. That goal appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top-10 plays, her fifth appearance of the season. Pankowski was named the WCHA Final Faceoff MOP and was named to the WCHA All-Tournament Team and the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.
Honorable Mention: Sarah Potomak, RS-Jr., Minnesota: Potomak led Minnesota with six points in five postseason games in March and ranked fifth in the WCHA with 1.20 points per game for the month. She tallied four points (2g-2a) in the Golden Gophers' 5-2 win over Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinals and sealed UM's 2-0 win over Cornell in the NCAA semifinals with an empty net goal.
Maddie Rolfes, Sr., Wisconsin (West Des Moines, Ia.)
Wisconsin's Maddie Rolfes enjoyed a stellar March as she led a stout UW defense that allowed only three goals during its run to the WCHA Final Faceoff title and the NCAA championship. Rolfes' +11 plus/minus rating was tied for the best mark in the NCAA among blueliners and ranked second among all skaters behind fellow senior Annie Pankowski. Rolfes also dished out a pair of assists during the Badgers' championship run and leaves UW as the all-time plus/minus leader among defenders. Rolfes was also selected to the WCHA All-Tournament Squad and the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, So., Minnesota: Brown led all WCHA defenders in power play scoring in March with two points on a pair of man-advantage assists. She assisted on Grace Zumwinkle's power play goal against Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinals and on Minnesota's power play goal in the Final Faceoff championship game to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. The Blaine, Minn., native also led a UM penalty-kill unit that was six-for-six in the postseason.
Kristen Campbell, Jr., Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Wisconsin's Kristen Campbell shined during the postseason for the Cardinal & White as she became the first goaltender in NCAA women's hockey history to not allow a single goal in NCAA tournament play while leading UW to its fifth NCAA title. Campbell was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player after stopping all 56 shots she faced in the NCAA tournament and posting three shutouts along the way. Her best performance came in the NCAA title game against Minnesota when she stopped all 27 shots she faced from the Golden Gophers. Campbell led the NCAA in March in wins (seven), save percentage (.975), shutouts (four), and goals against average (0.45) and was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team and the WCHA All-Tournament Team.
Honorable Mention: Alex Gulstene, So., Minnesota: Gulstene finished second in the WCHA with a .946 save percentage and a 1.01 goals against average in March, finishing with two wins and a shutout. The Vancouver, B.C., native stopped 15 shots in Minnesota's 2-0 win over Cornell in the NCAA semifinals and turned away 30 of 32 shots in the NCAA championship game against Wisconsin.
Britta Curl, F, Wisconsin (Bismarck, N.D.)
Wisconsin's Britta Curl enjoyed a stellar March as she scored six goals while leading UW to its eighth WCHA Final Faceoff title and its fifth NCAA crown. Curl was named to the WCHA Final Faceoff All-Tournament Team after scoring a pair of goals at the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff. Curl's six goals are tied for the most among rookie skaters in the NCAA during March and led all WCHA newcomers while her seven points paced WCHA rookies and ranked second in the NCAA.
Honorable Mention: None
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