BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 5, 2019 – The women's league of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Week after their incredible on-ice performances in the sixth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. Two schools split this week's awards as Minnesota and Minnesota State each boast a duo of honorees. The Players of the Week for games of Nov. 1-3 are Minnesota junior Grace Zumwinkle (Forward) and senior Sydney Scobee (Goaltender) as well as Minnesota State sophomore Anna Wilgren (Defenseman) and freshman forward Kelsey King (Rookie).
Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota (Excelsior, Minn.)
Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle led the Maroon and Gold with four points on two goals and two assists as the Gophers took five of six WCHA points from top-ranked Wisconsin at home last weekend. In Minnesota's 4-2 win in game one, Zumwinkle scored the go-ahead goal for the Gophers, making it 2-1 midway through the second period, and netted the eventual game-winner with her 11th goal of the season at the 4:51 mark of the third period. In the team's 2-2 overtime tie in game two, Zumwinkle assisted both of Minnesota's goals and led all players with eight shots on goal. For the weekend, Zumwinkle tied for third in the league with four points and led the league with 14 shots on goal. Her two-goal effort tied for second in the league while her two-assist performance tied for seventh. Zumwinkle's four-point effort brought her to 99 career points (53g-46a). Zumwinkle is on a team-best six-game point streak, and she leads Minnesota with eight multi-point games on the season. She has had two points in each of the Gophers' last four games.
Honorable Mention: Anneke Linser, So., Minnesota Duluth: scored three goals and figured in four of Minnesota Duluth's nine goals on the team's first sweep of St. Cloud State since 2017. Mariah Gardner, Jr., Minnesota State: scored two goals in game one and had two assists in game two of the nonconference sweep over Merrimack. Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State: tallied four points on the weekend and reached her 100th career point in the first period of Saturday's game.
Anna Wilgren, So., Minnesota State (Hudson, Wis.)
Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren recorded five points on two goals and three assists in the Mavericks' non-conference sweep of Merrimack. She posted a career-high four-point game in the game two win, which is tied for second-most points in a game in Minnesota State history. Wilgren gave the Mavericks the 2-1 lead at the 8:07 mark in the first period of game two after beating the goaltender to her stick side. Wilgren then scored the game-winning goal later in game two after going top shelf. Wilgren collected one assist in game one and then two more in game two. The two goals and two assists for four points were all single-game career-high marks for Wilgren. Her two goals and three assists for five points during the series led all WCHA defenseman on the weekend. Wilgren also led all NCAA blueliners in goals and points, while being second in assists on the weekend. Now leading Minnesota State defenseman in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points on the season, Wilgren has the sixth-most points among WCHA defenseman this season. Wilgren also had three blocked shots on the weekend and now totals 37 on the season, which in second in the NCAA. Wilgren scored the lone game-winning among WCHA defenseman over the weekend and is tied for the most on the season.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, Jr., Minnesota: recorded one assist as the Gophers took five of six WCHA points from top-ranked Wisconsin at home last weekend. Madison Bizal, So., Ohio State: tallied one assist on the weekend on the opening power-play goal in Saturday's win.
Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Minnesota's Sydney Scobee made a career-high 63 saves on 67 shots faced as Minnesota took five of six WCHA points from top-ranked Wisconsin at home last weekend. Scobee tied her season high with 31 saves on 33 shots faced in the Gophers' 4-2 win in game one. She followed up with a season-high 32 saves on 34 shots faced in the team's 2-2 overtime tie in game two. She made one save in the shootout to help the Gophers to a 1-0 shootout win and extra point in the league standings. Scobee ranked third in the WCHA with a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average over the weekend. Her 63 saves were second in the league and her 67 shots faced were tied for second. Scobee and the Gophers held the Badgers to just four goals in two games after Wisconsin entered the series averaging 6.00 goals per game.
Honorable Mention: Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: was the only goaltender in the WCHA to nab two wins and led the league with a .947 saves percentage after helping the Bulldogs sweep St. Cloud State for the first time since November 2017. Just one of only six netminders to win two games this weekend, she also helped the Bulldogs nab their second shutout of the season in Saturday's 6-0 triumph.
Kelsey King, Fr., F, Minnesota State (Elk River, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Kelsey King scored two goals and recorded three assists for five points in the Mavericks' non-conference sweep over the weekend. King scored her first career collegiate goal and recorded a career-high three points in a game. King's first career goal came in game one at the 7:49 mark in the third period, going top shelf from the right dot. King also assisted on Mariah Gardner's game-winning goal in game one. King recorded two more assists in game two on Claire Butorac's goal and Anna Wilgren's game-winning goal, along with scoring an empty net goal in the third period. King led all WCHA rookies in goals, assists, points and plus/minus on the weekend. King also tied for the most assists and points in all of the WCHA and had the best plus/minus rating on the weekend. Among NCAA rookies, King tied for the most points and had the best plus/minus rating over the weekend. On the season, King has the most assists (nine), points (11) and shots on goal (40) among WCHA rookies and is also tied for the second most goals (two). King has the second-most assists, third-most shots on goal and fourth-most points among NCAA rookies.
Honorable Mention: Jenn Gardiner, Fr., F, Ohio State: scored her second and third career goals in the OT win at Bemidji State on Friday. She scored the opening goal to put the OSU up 1-0 and then scored the second goal to take the lead again, 2-1. She has scored all three of her career goals in two games, with her first against Minnesota on Oct. 26. She leads the conference in freshman scoring with 0.60 PPG.