BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 22, 2019 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's league is proud to recognize four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Week after their outstanding performances in the fourth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The honorees for games of Oct. 18-20 are Bemidji State senior Haley Mack (Forward) and redshirt junior Lauren Bench (Goaltender), Minnesota junior Emily Brown (Defenseman) and Minnesota State freshman goaltender Calla Frank (Rookie).
Haley Mack, Sr., Bemidji State (East Grand Forks, Minn.)
Bemidji State's Haley Mack tied for the WCHA lead with four goals to lead the Beavers to a series sweep over then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth. The senior forward scored two goals in Friday's 4-2 win and continued her on-ice domination by scoring both goals in Saturday's 2-1 win. Mack finished the weekend with four points, 11 shots on goal, two power-play goals, one game-winning goal and was even on the ice
Honorable Mention: Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota: Contributed to all three goals in Minnesota's 3-0 win, scoring the team's second goal and assisting the other two and led Minnesota with four points as the Gophers earned six league points with a WCHA sweep over St. Cloud State at home last weekend. Brooke Bryant, So., Minnesota State: Collected her first two points of the season in the series against then-No. 9/9 Ohio State to help force two ties and gain the two extra conference points. Sophie Shirley, So., Wisconsin: Recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Saturday in the Badgers' 12 win over LIU at Nassau Coliseum.
Emily Brown, Jr., Minnesota (Blaine, Minn.)
Minnesota's Emily Brown tallied three points as the Gophers earned six league points with a WCHA sweep over St. Cloud State at home last weekend. Brown picked up an assist on Minnesota's third goal in game one before recording a pair of goals to lead the way in the team's 4-2 win in game two. Brown's two-goal effort marked her first career multi-goal game. She gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead and then regained the lead for the Gophers midway through the third period after the Huskies tied the game earlier in the frame. Brown was tied for the scoring lead among WCHA defensemen with her three-point series; she was one of two WCHA defensemen to score two goals on the weekend as well. Brown led the league's defensemen with a .500 shooting percentage, having four shots on target. Brown now has four goals on the season, matching her season total for goals in both her freshman and sophomore year in just eight games as a junior. Her three-point series also tied a career-best.
Honorable Mention: Tina Kampa, Jr., Bemidji State: Tied for the WCHA defensemen scoring lead with three points to help the Beavers earn a series sweep over then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth. Tristan Truax, Jr., Minnesota State: Scored the lone goal for the MSU blueliners this past weekend in game two against Ohio State and tied for third in the WCHA in goals over the weekend. Jincy Dunne, RS Sr., Ohio State: Scored two goals in Saturday's game against Minnesota State to force the contest into overtime. Natalie Buchbinder, Jr., Wisconsin: Recorded a pair of assists in UW's 10-2 win over LIU on Friday night while earning a +4 plus/minus rating.
Lauren Bench, RS Jr., Bemidji State (Eagan, Minn.)
Bemidji State's Lauren Bench backstopped the Beavers to two wins over then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth this past weekend in Bemidji, Minn. She posted a 1.50 goals against average and .940 save percentage to rank fourth in the WCHA and made the second-most saves in the conference with 47. Bench recorded 19 saves on 21 shots in the Beavers 4-2 victory in game one then stopped 28-of-29 shots to lead the Beavers to a 2-1 victory in game two.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Made 34 saves on 36 shots faced in her second complete series of her career for the Maroon & Gold as the Gophers earned six league points with a WCHA sweep over St. Cloud State. Abigail Levy, So., Minnesota State: Started in the 1-1 tie in game one against then-No. 9/9 Ohio State, making 34 saves through regulation and the first overtime.
Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State (Hugo, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Calla Frank started in the 3-3 tie with No. 9/9 Ohio State in game two of the series. Frank made a career high in saves for the third straight start, making 39 through regulation and the first overtime period. The freshman made seven saves in the opening period, 10 in the second period, 21 in the third period and one in the overtime period. She kept the Buckeyes scoreless through the second overtime period to force a shootout. In the shootout, Frank allowed the first goal, but made the final three saves until the Mavericks won in the fourth round. She made the fourth-most saves over the weekend among NCAA freshman goaltenders and tied for the second most in a single game. Frank has made the third most saves (118), has the sixth best GAA (3.43) and has the seventh best save percentage (.894) among all NCAA freshman goaltenders.
Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., Bemidji State: Posted two assists to help the Beavers earn a series sweep over No. 8 Minnesota Duluth and tied for second in the league among freshmen with two points.