BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 1, 2019 – Following Week 1 of the 2019-20 season, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as the season's first set of WCHA Players of the Week. The honorees for games of Sept. 27-28 are Minnesota State junior Mariah Gardner (Forward) and freshman Kelsey King (Rookie), Minnesota junior Olivia Knowles (Defenseman) and Wisconsin senior Kristen Campbell (Goaltender).
Mariah Gardner, Jr., Minnesota State (Eagle Lake, Ont.)
Minnesota State's Mariah Gardner led the Mavericks in goals scored and tied for the most points on the team in the road series sweep against Rensselaer. In the first game, Gardner assisted on the game-winning goal and then scored the third goal of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the second period. In the second game, Gardner scored a career-high two goals, including the game-winning goal, and tied a career-high with two points. Gardner scored the most goals in the WCHA over the weekend, tied for third in points and tied for eighth in plus/minus.
Honorable Mention: Taylor Heise, So. Minnesota (recorded two goals and two assists in Saturday's contest for a career-high four points and posted the most faceoff wins in the league with 27); Tatum Skaggs, Jr., Ohio State (contributed assists on both the game-tying and game-winning goals in Ohio State's 3-2 defeat of St. Lawrence); Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin (enjoyed a five-point weekend en route to leading the Badgers to a sweep of Lindenwood, recording three assists in UW's 4-0 win over Lindenwood on Friday before adding a goal and assist in UW's 6-2 win on Saturday); Haley Mack, Sr., Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with two points (1g-1a) in a 5-1 exhibition win over Regina); Anna Klein, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (netted a go-ahead goal Saturday night against the MinnesotaWhitecaps and had the third most shots on goal on the night).
Olivia Knowles, Jr., Minnesota (Campbell River, B.C.)
Minnesota's Olivia Knowles scored two goals in Minnesota's 8-1 win over Colgate on Saturday as the Gophers earned the series sweep. She scored the eventual game-winner early in the first period and gave the Gophers a 7-0 lead five minutes into the third period. Knowles led WCHA defensemen with her two-goal effort, which also tied her career-high. She was a league-best +4 over the weekend as well.
Honorable Mention: Charlotte Akervik, Fr., Minnesota State (was the only defenseman to score a goal for the Mavericks and is tied for second in the WCHA and NCAA for defenseman in the category); Sophie Jacques, So., Ohio State (had a two point game on Friday as she scored the opening goal of the weekend on the power play and assisted OSU's third goal of the game); Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin (posted two assists in each game against Lindenwood and finished the weekend with a +3 plus/minus rating. Her two power-play points were tied for the most among NCAA blueliners); Kara Werth, Jr., Bemidji State (led the Beavers with two goals scored in the 5-1 exhibition win over Regina and tied for the WCHA lead for goals by a defenseman at two).
Kristen Campbell, Sr., Wisconsin (Brandon, Man.)
Wisconsin's Kristen Campbell started her senior campaign where she left off last year with a shutout against Lindenwood on Friday night. She saw her shutout streak of 281:28 end on Saturday but still got the win against the Lions. She was one of three goalies in the NCAA to post multiple wins last weekend while her 1.00 GAA ranked second in the league among goalies with multiple appearances. She was also only one of three goaltenders in the WCHA to post a shutout last week.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr. Minnesota (tied for third in the league with a .962 save percentage and 0.60 goals against average); Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State (posted a shutout win in her first collegiate start, stopping all 13 shots on net); Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State (posted two wins this weekend and ranks fifth in the conference in save percentage (.932).
Kelsey King, Fr., Minnesota State (Elk River, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Kelsey King made her name known early and often as she collected four assists (two in each game) over the weekend to lead the team and tie for the team lead in points. King assisted on Charlotte Akervik's game-winning goal and Mariah Gardner's goal in game one. King also assisted on Gardner's game-winning goal and power-play goal in game two. Her four assists and points led all freshman over the weekend in the WCHA and was second in plus/minus at +3. The four assists and points was tied for first among all freshman over the weekend in the NCAA and was tied for third in plus/minus. The seven shots on goal was second among freshman in the WCHA and tied for fifth in the NCAA.
Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr. Minnesota (scored Minnesota's first goal of the year, her first collegiate goal, and the eventual game-winner in the Gophers' 2-0 win over Colgate); Brooke Bink, Fr., Ohio State (had a two point game on Saturday as she assisted OSU's opening goal and the game tying goal and lead the team with 7 shots in her first career game).