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Quartet recognized for games of Oct. 11-12
Wisconsin's Watts, Steffen And Campbell And St. Cloud State's Hymlárová Selected As WCHA Players Of The Week
Quartet recognized for games of Oct. 11-12

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 15, 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 third week of competition in the 2019-20 season. The honorees for games of Oct. 11-12 are Wisconsin junior Daryl Watts (Forward), senior Mekenzie Steffen (Defenseman), senior Kristen Campbell (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State freshman Klára Hymlárová (Rookie).

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Daryl Watts, Jr., Wisconsin (Toronto, Ont.)

Wisconsin's Daryl Watts recorded an NCAA-best seven points during UW's sweep of the No. 8 Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio. On Friday, Watts scored a goal and added two assists in the Badgers' 3-0 win over OSU before she scored a goal and chipped in three assists in UW's 7-3 blitzing of the Buckeyes. Her seven points led all NCAA skaters over the weekend while her five assists were also tied for the national lead. Watts has scored a goal in each of her six games as a Badger and her six-game goal streak is tied for the 10th-longest streak in school history. She also paces the country with 18 points through six games this year.

Honorable Mention: Klára Hymlárová, Fr., St. Cloud State University: Scored her first collegiate goal this weekend and also tallied two assists in the first game against RIT. Liz Schepers, Jr., Ohio State: Scored two goals in the 7-3 loss to No. 1 Wisconsin Saturday and ranks second on the team in points (7) and goals (4) this season. Claire Butorac, So., Minnesota State: Scored a goal in the series opener against Duluth to open the scoring for the series in her only shot attempt of the weekend and had six blocked shots in the series and helped the Mavericks kill nine out of ten penalties in the series. Sydney Brodt, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: Figured in five of UMD's seven goals on the weekend, including every single tally Friday night in the Bulldogs 3-2 overtime win and netted UMD's second and overtime winner Friday, as well as assisted on the opening strike), Amy Potomak, RS So., Minnesota: Led Minnesota with four points as the Gophers earned a non-conference road sweep at Robert Morris last weekend and led the league with 17 shots on goal and a +6 rating for the weekend. She was the lone WCHA player to score a short-handed goal over the weekend. Haley Mack, Sr., Bemidji State: Led the Beavers with two goals in a loss and tie versus Providence as well as posted two points (2g-0a), 11 shots on goal, and the game-tying goal in Saturday's 2-2 tie with the Friars.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin (Centerville, Minn.)

Wisconsin's Mekenzie Steffen posted an NCAA-high three goals while adding three assists in the Badgers' sweep of No. 8 Ohio State. Steffen scored the Badgers' final goal in their 3-0 win over OSU on Friday before enjoying a career-high five-point game in the Badgers' 7-3 win on Saturday. She tallied the game-winning goal in Saturday's contest that gave UW its first sweep at OSU since the 2016-17 season. Steffen's six points were the most last weekend among an NCAA defenseman and ranked second in the country behind teammate Daryl Watts.

Honorable Mention: Briana Jorde, Sr., Bemidji State: Posted an assist and four shots on goal versus Providence and blocked two shots. Patti Marshall, Sr., Minnesota: Recorded a pair of assists to help Minnesota to a non-conference road sweep at Robert Morris last weekend, marking her first points of the season. Charlotte Akervik, Fr., Minnesota State: Had two assists in the first game of the series for her first career multi-point game and is currently is tied for first among WCHA freshman in goals, second in points and third in assists. Jincy Dunne, RS Sr., Ohio State: Started both games against Wisconsin and registered three blocked shots on the weekend. Abby Thiessen, Sr., St. Cloud State University: scored a goal in both games this weekend against RIT and is currently on a 3-game scoring streak after this weekend's non-conference series.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Kristen Campbell, Sr., Wisconsin (Brandon, Man.)

Wisconsin's Kristen Campbell earned a pair of wins over a ranked team last weekend as she backstopped the No. 1/1 Badgers to a sweep of No. 8/8 Ohio State in Columbus. Campbell blanked the Buckeyes on Friday, stopping all 17 shots she faced to earn her league-leading third shutout of the year. On Saturday, she made 18 saves as UW earned a 7-3 win. She was one of only three WCHA goaltenders to earn two wins last weekend and posted the best save percentage and goals-against average among WCHA netminders with more than one start.

Honorable Mention: Lexi Baker, So., Bemidji State: Earned a tie in her first career start on Saturday, stopped 18-of-20 shots on Saturday and came in relief to play 28:53 in Friday's game where she allowed two goals on seven shots. Sydney Scobee, Senior, Minnesota: Made 55 saves on 60 shots faced in her first complete series of her career for the Maroon & Gold over the weekend, going a perfect 2-0-0 as the Gophers earned a non-conference road sweep at Robert Morris. Abigail Levy, So., Minnesota State: Started in the 3-2 overtime loss, making a career-high 43 saves and keeping Minnesota State in the game until overtime. She made the third-most saves in the WCHA over the weekend with only playing in one game and made the most in a single game. Janine Alder, Sr., St. Cloud State University: Led SCSU to a 3-0 victory and accounts for Alder's 5th career shutout and boasts a .919 save percentage so far this season. Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Had two starts this weekend and had a season-high 36 saves in Saturday's 7-3 loss.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Klára Hymlárová, Fr., St. Cloud State (Opava, Czech Republic)

St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová, scored her first collegiate goal this weekend and also tallied two assists in the first game against RIT. She leads the Huskies in points so far this season with five total, having recorded one goal and four assists in four games. She holds and overall +3 over those four games, which is second-best among St. Cloud Skaters, and has notched three blocked shots.

Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr. Minnesota: Scored the eventual game-winner in Minnesota's 6-2 game two win, putting the Gophers up 3-2 just 39 seconds after Robert Morris tied the game in the opening two minutes of the third period. Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State: Started in the 4-1 loss, making a career-high in saves for the second game in a row after making 34 saves and has made the fifth most saves (79) and has the sixth best GAA (3.67) among all NCAA freshman goaltenders. Brooke Bink, Fr., Ohio State: Scored her second career goal this weekend in the 7-3 loss on Saturday. The freshman put up 3 shots this weekend and has an overall +1.