BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 21, 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 fantastic on-ice performances in the 15th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Jan. 17-18 are Minnesota Duluth sophomore Gabbie Hughes (Forward), junior Ashton Bell (Defenseman), senior Maddie Rooney (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Olivia Cvar (Rookie)
Gabbie Hughes, So., Minnesota Duluth (Lino Lakes, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes posted two points in each game on the weekend, and figured in half of UMD's eight goals. The Lino Lakes, Minn. native led all WCHA forwards with four points on a goal and three assists, and was tied for fifth among all forwards in the NCAA. Hughes notched the game-winning assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over Bemidji State and is currently in the midst of a five-game scoring streak during which the sophomore has put up three goals and five assists for eight points. In 21 games this season, Hughes has only gone two contests without contributing a point for UMD.
Honorable Mention: Emily Oden, So., Minnesota: Scored the game-winning goal to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 win over No. 5/5 Ohio State in game two of the weekend's series. Emily Antony, Sr., Minnesota State: Collected three assists in the 5-3 win over St. Cloud State in the first game of the series. Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State: Tied for a team-high three points on the weekend on a team-leading three assists.
Ashton Bell, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Deloraine, Man.)
Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell figured on both ends of the ice for the Bulldogs over the weekend, tying Gabbie Hughes in points output and leading the WCHA in points for all players, not just defenseman. Additionally, she led the NCAA in points from the blueline with four (2g- 2a). The junior blueliner convert scored a goal and added an assist in each game, and had both game-winning goals on the weekend. In the midst of a three-game scoring streak consisting of three goals and two assists for five points, Bell has now scored three-straight game-winning goals for the Bulldogs. She has already scored more goals (nine) than any Bulldog defensemen since the 2011-12 season.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, Jr., Minnesota: Recorded a pair of assists in Minnesota's series split with No. 5/5 Ohio State over the weekend. McKenzie Sederberg, Sr., Minnesota State: Scored two goals in the 5-3 win and collected an assist in the 2-1 loss against St. Cloud State this weekend. Sophie Jaques, So., Ohio State: Tied for a team-high three points on the weekend and a team-high two goals.
Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney led the WCHA with a save percentage of .967 and was the only netminder who picked up two wins, as well as a shutout, in competition this weekend. The product of Andover, Minn., had 30 saves Saturday en route to her 12th career shutout. In that skate, Rooney also became UMD's all-time career saves leader when she hit 2,999 saves. Rooney finished the weekend with a total of 3,030 career stops after making 59-of-62 saves. The senior netminder was also one of only four goaltenders in the nation to win two games this weekend
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Combined for 51 saves on 56 shots in Minnesota's series split with No. 5/5 Ohio State over the weekend. Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Held then-No. 1/1 Minnesota to three goals on the weekend including a power-play goal.
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 State. In game one, Cvar scored on the power play as she plays a vital role on St. Cloud State's special teams. In game two, the freshman forward scored the first goal of the 2-1 win over the Mavericks. Cvar has played in all 25 games this season collecting eight points total (5g-3a). She is tied for first place for most goals scored this season among all freshmen in the WCHA.
Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota: Led WCHA rookies with six blocked shots on the weekend and helped the Gophers hold Ohio State scoreless on its nine power-play attempts. Kelsey King, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored a goal in the 5-3 win over St. Cloud State in the first game of the series. Brooke Bink, Fr., F, Ohio State: Posted one assist in the 4-1 win over then No. 1/1 Minnesota on Friday.