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Quartet recognized for games of Dec. 6-7
Bemidji State's Jorde And Bench, Wisconsin's Roque And St. Cloud State's Hymlárová Selected As WCHA Players Of The Week
Quartet recognized for games of Dec. 6-7

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 10, 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 outstanding on-ice performances in the tenth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Dec. 6-7 are Wisconsin senior Abby Roque (Forward), Bemidji State senior Briana Jorde (Defenseman) and redshirt junior Lauren Bench (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Klára Hymlárová (Rookie).

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)

Wisconsin's Abby Roque enjoyed a WCHA-best six points during the No. 1/1 Badgers sweep of No. 10/10 Minnesota Duluth in Wisconsin's final series of the 2019 calendar year. Roque had a part in all four of the Badgers' goals in their thrilling 4-3 win against UMD on Friday as she scored two goals and added two assists, including the primary helper on Alexis Mauermann's game-winning tally with 75 seconds to go. Roque added a pair of assists in UW's 5-3 win against the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Her six points over the weekend were tied for the most in the NCAA while her 30 faceoff wins ranked second in the country. Her four assists were tied for the most in the WCHA along with linemate Daryl Watts while her +4 plus/minus rating was the second-best mark in the league. Roque is only two points away from matching her career-high of 43 points from last year and ranks second in the country in scoring with 41 points

Honorable Mention: Kiki Radke, Sr., Bemidji State: Tied for the team lead by recording three points off of two goals and one assist to help the Beavers earn a WCHA series sweep over St. Cloud State and tie a program record with their sixth consecutive victory. Taylor Heise, So., Minnesota: Scored the game-winner for the Gophers and set up Minnesota's third goal.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Briana Jorde, Sr., Bemidji State (Thief River Falls, Minn.)

Bemidji State's Briana Jorde tied for the league lead among defensemen by posting two assists to help the Beavers earn a series sweep over St. Cloud State and tie a program record with their sixth consecutive victory. Jorde posted both of her assists in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Huskies including earning the primary assist on the game-winning goal. Jorde tied for the WCHA lead among defensemen after going +4 on the ice and also posted four shots on goal while blocking one shot defensively.

Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr., Minnesota: Scored her third career goal to put Minnesota up 2-0 in the second period of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Faceoff Classic on Saturday.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

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

Bemidji State's Lauren Bench tied for the league lead by posting a 2-0-0 record and was second in the league by posting a .930 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average. The Beavers netminder began the weekend by stopping 18-of-19 shots in BSU's 4-1 victory Friday and followed by stopping 22-of-24 shots in Saturday's 3-2 win.

Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Earned an 18-save shutout to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 non-conference win over Minnesota State.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

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

St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová tallied two goals in the Huskies weekend road-series against Bemidji State. She scored one goal in each game for SCSU. Over the weekend Hymlárová also had eight shots on goal, one blocked shot and also contributed heavily on the Huskies' special teams. The Opava, Czech Republic nativeleads the Huskies in points this season with 11 total (4g,-7a). Hymlárová 's two goals this weekend make her as the top scorer among WCHA freshmen with four goals total this season.

Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Tied for second among league rookies by recording one assist to help the Beavers' earn a series sweep over St. Cloud State. Madeline Wethington, Fr., Minnesota: Scored her third career goal to put Minnesota up 2-0 in the second period of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Faceoff Classic on Saturday.