BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 3, 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 tenth week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Nov. 29-30 are Ohio State junior Liz Schepers (Forward), Bemidji State junior Mak Langei (Defenseman), Minnesota senior Sydney Scobee (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman goaltender Calla Frank (Rookie).
Liz Schepers, Jr., Ohio State (Mound, Minn.)
Ohio State's Liz Schepers assisted on all three goals in Friday's 3-1 win over No. 3/3 Cornell and scored the lone Ohio State goal on Saturday on the power play. The junior forward is second on the team in points (23), goals (12) and assists (11). She is tied for fifth in the conference in goal scoring with .58 GPG, and she is tied for second in the conference in game-winning goals at three.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Jr., Bemidji State: Tied for the team lead with three points off of one goal and two assists to help the Beavers earn their second consecutive road series sweep at RPI. Sarah Potomak, RS-Sr., Minnesota: Led the Gophers with three points at the Country Classic, tallying an assist in Minnesota's 2-2 OT tie with No. 8/8 Boston College and scoring two goals to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Harvard. Brooke Kudirka., Sr., St. Cloud State: Tallied three goals for her first career hat trick in Friday night's game against Lindenwood. Sophie Shirley, So., Wisconsin: Enjoyed a four-point weekend, which was tied for the best mark in the WCHA, while leading the then-No. 2/2 Badgers to a pair of wins at the Country Classic.
Mak Langei, Jr., Bemidji State (East Grand Forks, Minn.)
Bemidji State's Mak Langei led all WCHA defensemen and tied for the team lead with three points on one goal and two assists to help the Beavers earn their second consecutive road series sweep at RPI. She began the series by assisting on both goals in the Beavers 2-0 win over the Engineers on Friday. The junior blueliner followed by scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday's 5-1 victory. She posted one point on the power play and was +3 on the ice with two shots on goal. She also blocked two shots.
Honorable Mention: Anna Wilgren, So., Minnesota State: Led the team in scoring after being involved on both goals scored in the 2-0 win over Vermont. Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin: Led the WCHA last weekend with a +4 plus/minus rating while leading the then-No. 2/2 Badgers to a pair of wins at the Country Classic
Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Minnesota's Sydney Scobee went 48-of 50 in net as Minnesota tied Boston College 2-2 in overtime and defeated Harvard 4-0 at the Country Classic. Scobee made 27 saves on 29 shots faced in 65 minutes against No. 8/8 Boston College before following up with a 21-save shutout in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Harvard. Her 48 saves and 50 shots faced both were tops among WCHA goaltenders over the weekend. Scobee's 0.96 goals against average and .960 save percentage led the way among WCHA goaltenders who played more than one game; among all WCHA goaltenders, her .960 save percentage was fifth and her 0.96 goals against average was fourth. Scobee was one of four league netminders to earn a shutout over the weekend.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State: Earned her eighth career shutout and second of the season after stopping 6-of-6 shots against RPI on Friday. Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State: Collected the 2-0 shutout victory over host Vermont in the third-place game of the Windjammer Classic, making all 23 saves in the contest. Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Started both games over the weekend and improved her overall record to 7-4-4. Emma Polusny, Jr., St. Cloud State: Tallied her fifth career shutout after making 27 saves for the Huskies in Friday's game against Lindenwood.
Calla Frank, Fr., G, Minnesota State (Hugo, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Calla Frank collected the 2-0 shutout victory in the third-place game of the Windjammer Classic over the host Vermont after making all 23 saves in the contest. This was Frank's second career shutout after gaining one in her first start earlier this season against RPI. Frank made six saves in the first period, eight in the second and nine in the final period. Frank and the Mavericks special teams killed off all six penalties taken in the third-place game. This includes one at the end of the third period from the 17:12 to 19:12 minute marks where the Catamounts had a six-on-four advantage after pulling the goaltender. Frank had the best GAA and save percentage on the weekend and also collected one of three shutouts among NCAA freshman goaltenders. On the season, Frank is tied for the most shutouts, has the third best winning percentage (.562), the fourth best GAA (2.82) and the sixth best save percentage (.908) among NCAA freshman goaltenders.
Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Posted one assist to tie for third among league rookies for points on the weekend. Annika Fazokas, Fr., D, St. Cloud State: Notched two assists over the weekend against Lindenwood.