BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 7, 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 excellent on-ice performances in the 13th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Jan. 4-5 are Minnesota redshirt senior Sarah Potomak (Forward) and freshman defenseman Madeline Wethington (Rookie), Wisconsin senior Mekenzie Steffen (Defenseman) and St. Cloud State junior Emma Polusny (Goaltender).
Sarah Potomak, RS-Sr., Minnesota (Aldergrove, B.C.)
Minnesota's Sarah Potomak led the WCHA with four points and three assists over the weekend, leading the Gophers to a non-conference sweep over Yale with back-to-back two-point games. She scored the first goal of the game and picked up an assist on Minnesota's sixth goal in the team's 6-3 win in game one before recording assists on the Gophers' third and fourth goals in a 4-1 win in game two. With her four-point weekend, Potomak moved her career total to 162 career points (60g-102a) as a Gopher, now tied for 12th in program history with Laura Slominski (65g-97a). Potomak leads Minnesota with 10 multi-point games on the year. Nationally, Potomak's four-point weekend was tied for ninth.
Honorable Mention: Abby Halluska, Sr., Bemidji State: Scored the game-winning overtime goal to defeat St. Cloud State 1-0 in the first game of the Minnesota Cup. Daryl Watts, Jr., Wisconsin: Led Wisconsin to the Battle of the Burgh title thanks to a three-point weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin (Centerville, Minn.)
Wisconsin's Mekenzie Steffen posted a WCHA-defensemen-best three points while earning a spot on the all-tournament team at the Battle at the Burgh last weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. The senior blueliner posted two assists in the Badgers' 3-1 win against Robert Morris before adding another assist in UW's 4-3 win over No. 3/3 Northeastern. Her three assists were tied for the WCHA lead.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Kondas, Jr., Minnesota State: Scored a goal in each game at the Minnesota Cup to help earn two ties on the weekend for the Mavericks and was named to the All-Tournament Team for her performance. Gracie Ostertag, So., Minnesota: Led all WCHA players with a +5 rating over the weekend. She was on the ice for five of Minnesota's 10 goals against Yale, helping the Maroon & Gold to 6-3 and 4-1 non-conference wins over the Bulldogs. Briana Jorde, Sr., Bemidji State: Recorded five shots on goal and one block while at the Minnesota Cup tournament.
Emma Polusny, Jr., St. Cloud State (Mound, Minn.)
St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny stopped 82 shots over two games at the Minnesota Cup this weekend. Polusny has started and played in 18 of the 21 games for the Huskies, and holds a .917 save percentage thus far into the season. The junior netminder has tallied 576 saves in 2019-20 in addition to a 2.86 goals against average. After this weekend's impressive performance, Polusny was named to the all-tournament team.
Honorable Mention: Abigail Levy, So,. Minnesota State: Earned her second tie of the season after making 37 stops in the opening game of the Minnesota Cup against No. 10/10 Minnesota Duluth. Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: Had a league-best 0.96 GAA and .968 saves percentage while leading the Bulldogs to the Minnesota Cup championship over the weekend. Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Combined for 31 saves on 35 shots faced as Minnesota earned a non-conference sweep over Yale with 6-3 and 4-1 wins. Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State: Finished third in the WCHA by posting a .958 save percentage and second with a 0.98 goals against average after leading the Beavers to a second-place finish at the Minnesota Cup.
Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota (Edina, Minn.)
Minnesota's Madeline Wethington led WCHA rookies with a +3 rating over the weekend and was one of five WCHA rookies to log a point, helping Minnesota to a non-conference sweep over Yale with 6-3 and 4-1 wins. Wethington recorded her seventh assist of the season on the team's third goal in game one, putting Minnesota up 3-1 on the way to a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs.
Honorable Mention: Calla Frank, Fr., G, Minnesota State: Earned a tie against St. Cloud State and ultimately helped lead the Mavericks to a third-place finish in the Minnesota Cup. Olivia Cvar, Fr., F, St. Cloud State: Notched her third career goal in Sunday's game against Minnesota State.