BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 19, 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 eighth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Nov. 15-17 are Wisconsin senior Abby Roque (Forward), St. Cloud State senior Abby Thiessen (Defenseman) and freshman forward Klára Hymlárová (Rookie) and Minnesota Duluth senior Maddie Rooney (Goaltender).
Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Wisconsin's Abby Roque enjoyed a pair of multi-point games in the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State at LaBahn Arena. Roque scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in UW's 3-2 win over the Mavericks on Saturday before adding two goals, including the game-winning effort and two assists in UW's 6-1 win on Sunday. Her six points tied for the most among WCHA players last week while her two game-winning goals shared the league lead and her +6 plus/minus rating was tied for the best mark by a WCHA skater. In addition, Roque now has 12 goals this year, which is a career-high mark 14 games into the season, while she is only two assists away from 100 career assists.
Honorable Mention: Sarah Potomak, RS-Sr., Minnesota: Led Minnesota with six points on three goals and three assists as the Gophers earned a home sweep over Bemidji State. Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State: Recorded a goal and an assist on the weekend against Minnesota Duluth. Klára Hymlárová, Fr., St. Cloud State: Tallied four points in the weekend series against Lindenwood.
Abby Thiessen, Sr., St. Cloud State (Red Deer, Alta.)
St. Cloud State's Abby Thiessen notched four assists in the two-game series against Lindenwood over the weekend. In game one, Thiessen had one assist on the game-tying goal, one blocked shot and four shots on goal. In game two, Thiessen notched an assists on each of the three power-play goals, two blocked shots and two shots on goal. Overall this season, Thiessen leads the Huskies in goals with four total and is tied for first in points with nine on four goals and five assists. She also leads the Huskies in blocked shots with 21.
Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr., Minnesota: Assisted both game-winning goals and had a career-high three-point series against Bemidji State. Sophie Jaques, So., Ohio State: Scored the equalizer in Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth to force overtime. Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin: Recorded three assists during the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State in Madison.
Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney had a league-best 68 saves on a league-high 71 shots over the weekend against Ohio State, including two in a shootout after playing the Buckeyes into double overtime. Rooney had 38 saves on 40 shots faced in Friday's setback before making 30 on 31 shots Saturday. Rooney's save total also ranked as the fifth most in the NCAA on the weekend.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Tallied 30 saves on 31 shots faced to lead Minnesota to a home sweep over Bemidji State. Lynsey Wallace, Jr., Ohio State: Recorded 33 saves in the contest against Minnesota Duluth for a new career-high.
Klára Hymlárová, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (Opava, Czech Republic.)
St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová tallied four points in the weekend series against Lindenwood. All four points came in game two in which the Huskies defeated the Lions 5-1. Hymlárová's one shot on goal in Saturday's game scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies. She tallied three assists on the three power-play goals scored. In total, Hymlárová contributed to four of the five goals. Hymlárová is tied for first for leading the Huskies in points this season (2g-7a).
Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota: Assisted both game-winning goals and had a career-high three-point series against Bemidji State. Brooke Bink, Fr., F, Ohio State: Had the primary assist on Sophie Jaques' equalizing goal on Saturday