WCHA Press Releases

Quartet recognized for games of Nov. 22-23
Wisconsin's Watts, St. Cloud State's Herzog, Bemidji State's Bench And Minnesota State's King Honored As WCHA Players Of The Week
Quartet recognized for games of Nov. 22-23

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 26, 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 excellent on-ice performances in the ninth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Nov. 22-23 are Wisconsin junior Daryl Watts (Forward), St. Cloud State senior Rachel Herzog (Defenseman), Bemidji State redshirt junior Lauren Bench (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman forward Kelsey King (Rookie).

WCHA Forward of the Week

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

Wisconsin's Daryl Watts posted a WCHA-high seven points in the Badgers sweep of St. Cloud State last weekend on the road. Her 3.50 points per game average was the best mark by a NCAA skater last weekend while her three goals and seven points paced the league. Watts scored one goal and added two assists in UW's 5-3 win on Friday night before scoring two goals and adding two assists in UW's 6-2 win on Saturday. The Toronto native leads the NCAA with a 2.50 points per game average and 41 points. This is the second weekly honor this season.

Honorable Mention: Kiki Radke, Sr., Bemidji State: Led the Beavers in scoring by totaling four points off of two goals and two assists. Catie Skaja, So., Minnesota: Led the Gophers with a pair of goals as Minnesota earned four WCHA points. Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State: Scored two goals in Friday's 6-2 win over Colgate and the game-tying goal in Saturday's game to force overtime. Hallie Theodosopoulos, Sr., St. Cloud State: Tallied three goals against No. 2 Wisconsin over the weekend.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Rachel Herzog, Sr., St. Cloud State (Oakdale, Minn.)

St. Cloud State's Rachel Herzog tallied three assists for the Huskies over the weekend to tie for the scoring lead among WCHA blueliners. Two of her helpers came on the power play, giving Herzog the lead of all league defenders in man-advantage points on the weekend. The Oakdale, Minn. native also blocked three shots in the Huskies' series with No. 2/2 WIsconsin. The senior defenseman has played in all 14 games this season and contributes heavily on special teams for the Huskies.

Honorable Mention: Heather Olson, Sr., Bemidji State: Was the lone blueliner from the Beavers' defense to score a goal in their series sweep at Minnesota State and finished the weekend with two points (1g-1a). Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State: Assisted on both game-opening goals and finished the weekend with five blocked shots.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State (Eagan, Minn.)

Bemidji State's Lauren Bench led the Beavers to two wins at Minnesota State by stopping 50-of-52 shots. She began the series with a 30-save shutout in game one for her seventh career whitewash and followed by stopping 20-of-22 shots to earn the series sweep Saturday. Bench led the WCHA by posting a .962 save percentage and was second with a 1.00 goals against average. The Eagan, Minn. native finished fourth in the league with 50 saves and was the lone goaltender to post a shutout over the weekend.

Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Combined for a career-high 65 saves on 70 shots faced as Minnesota earned four WCHA points. Lynsey Wallace, Jr., Ohio State: Recorded her third start of the season and third career win in Friday's contest at Colgate.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Kelsey King, Fr., F, Minnesota State (Elk River, Minn.)

Minnesota State's Kelsey King scored her third goal of the season in the 5-2 loss to Bemidji State on Saturday. At the time of the goal, King had cut the deficit to the Beavers to 2-1 at the 5:31 mark in the first period. King took a pass from senior Emily Antony in the slot and beat the Beaver netminder top shelf for the goal. Leading the team in points on the season, King now has three goals and nine assists for 12 points in her freshman campaign. She was one of two WCHA rookies to score a goal on the weekend and one of nine to record a point. King also had the most shots on goal among those freshman with five. King is now tied for the most goals scored and has recorded the most assists, points and shots on net among WCHA rookies on the season. Throughout all NCAA rookies, King is tied for third in assists, fifth in points and fifth in shots on net this season.

Honorable Mention: Brooke Bink, Fr., F, Ohio State: Assisted the game-winning goal in Friday's win. In the conference, she is tied for fourth in freshman scoring. Dara Greig, Fr., F, Wisconsin: Scored her second goal of the year in the Badgers' 6-2 win against St. Cloud State on Saturday.