BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 28, 2020 – 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 16th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Jan. 24-25 are Minnesota Duluth sophomore Gabbie Hughes (Forward), junior Ashton Bell (Defenseman), Wisconsin senior Kristen Campbell (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Olivia Cvar (Rookie)
Gabbie Hughes, So., Minnesota Duluth (Lino Lakes, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes led the WCHA with five points and figured in five of UMD's seven goals on the weekend, as well as the double-overtime game-winner on Friday. In the first game, Hughes had a goal and an assist in the 2-2 tie before netting the game-winner. Saturday, Hughes set up three of the Bulldogs five goals and tallied the game-winning assist. Besides leading the league in points (five), assists (four), points per game (2.50) power-play goals and assists (one) and power-play points, Hughes tied for the third most points in the NCAA on the weekend. The Lino Lakes, Minn. native is in the midst of a seven-game scoring streak and has compiled four goals and nine assists for 13 points over those last seven games.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Jr., Bemidji State: Led the Beavers with two goals to help the Bemidji State women's hockey team earn four points (1-0-1) against Minnesota State this past weekend. Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota: Led the Gophers with three points in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Wisconsin. Rebecca Freiburger, Sr., Ohio State: Posted a team-high three points on the weekend from one goal and two assists. Klára Hymlárová, Fr., St. Cloud State: Collected four points (1g-3a) in the weekend series against Minnesota Duluth. Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin: Recorded her second career hat trick in the Badgers' 5-4 overtime win over rival No. 2/2 Minnesota.
Ashton Bell, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Deloraine, Man.)
Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell led league defensemen and was tied for the NCAA lead in scoring among blueliners over the weekend, putting up four points and playing a part in four of UMD's seven goals. Bell posted helpers on both goals Friday night, before adding a game-winning power-play goal, in addition to an assist, on Saturday. Bell is tied for fourth with all NCAA defensemen in points and has taken over the WCHA's top-scoring defenseman slot with two games in hand. Averaging 1.08 ppg, Bell is also in the midst of a five-game scoring streak and has posted four goals and five assists for nine points in her last five skates.
Honorable Mention: Kara Werth, Jr., Bemidji State: Blocked six shots to lead Bemidji State and tied for fourth in the WCHA. Madison Bizal, So., Ohio State: Posted a team-high two defensive points on the weekend.
Kristen Campbell, Sr., Wisconsin (Brandon, Man.)
Wisconsin's Kristen Campbell was one of only two WCHA goaltenders over the weekend to record a pair of wins as the senior netminder led No. 1/1 Wisconsin to a sweep of No. 2/2 Minnesota. After leading UW to a OT win on Friday, Campbell earned her fourth shutout of the year on Saturday, stopping all 22 Gopher shots she faced as UW blanked Minnesota, 3-0. Campbell was the only WCHA netminder to record a shutout over the weekend and her save percentage of .915 ranked third among league netminders.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State: Helped the Beavers earn four points against Minnesota State after posting a 1-0-1 record, led the WCHA with a 0.96 goals against average and was second in the league with a .959 save percentage. Abigail Levy, So., Minnesota State: Made 30 saves in game one and then tied a career high with 43 saves in game two. Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Started and played in both games on the weekend. Her overall record is now 13-5-4 and 6-1-1 against non-conference opponents.
Olivia Cvar, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (Stonewall, Man.)
St. Cloud State's Oliva Cvar tallied two goals for the Huskies in this weekend's series versus Minnesota Duluth. Cvar scored one goal in each game, one of them being a power-play goal. Cvar is on a four-game scoring streak and also leads all WCHA freshmen in goals scored this season with seven total. Cvar tallied two blocked shots against the Bulldogs and ended up +1 on the weekend. In total, Cvar has collected 10 points this season on seven goals and three assists.
Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Led all BSU freshmen by posting one point off of one assist to help the Beavers earn four points (1-0-1) against Minnesota State. Jenn Gardiner, Fr., F, Ohio State: Tallied her assist on Gabby Rosenthal's game-winning goal on Friday and ranks second in the league in freshman scoring.