BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 14, 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 14th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Jan. 10-11 are Ohio State junior Emma Maltais (Forward) and redshirt senior Jincy Dunne (Defenseman), Bemidji State redshirt junior Lauren Bench (Goaltender) and Minnesota freshman defenseman Madeline Wethington (Rookie)
Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State (Burlington, Ont.)
Ohio State's Emma Maltais tallied a team-high seven points during the weekend series against Minnesota State. She notched three assists and scored a power-play goal in Friday's 6-0 win and posted another two assists on Saturday along with a short-handed equalizing goal in the first period. The junior forward now has 121 career points which puts her tied for seventh in Ohio State history. She currently leads the Buckeyes with 38 points from a team-high 23 assists. She ranks second in the league in point scoring with 1.79 points per game and second in assist scoring with 1.14 per game.
Honorable Mention: Claire DeGeorge, Jr., Bemidji State: Led the Beavers and tied for second in the WCHA by posting four points off of two goals and two assists to help the Beavers earn a series split with then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin. Taylor Heise, So., Minnesota: Tied for the WCHA lead with a pair of goals over the weekend, helping Minnesota to a road sweep over St. Cloud State.
Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Ohio State's Jincy Dunne tied for second in point scoring among her teammates during the weekend series against Minnesota State with four points on one goal and three assists. Additionally, she led the defense in blocked shots with four. On Friday she had two assists including the assist on Maltais' power-play goal. On Saturday she assisted Maltais' short-handed goal and scored a power-play goal of her own later in the game. Three of her four points came on the power play/penalty kill. The redshirt senior is tied for fifth in the conference in defenseman scoring with 0.57 points per game.
Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, Jr., Bemidji State: Tied for the team lead among defensemen with one point to help the Beavers earn a series split with then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin this past weekend. Madeline Wethington, Fr., Minnesota: Recorded a career-best three-point series to lead Minnesota to a road sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend.
Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State (Eagan, Minn.)
Bemidji State's Lauren Bench posted a 1-1-0 record in the crease during the weekend after helping the Beavers earn a series split with then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin. Bench boasted a .921 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average in the series, which were second and third, respectively, in the WCHA. The Beavers netminder began the weekend by stopping 20-of-23 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Badgers but responded by stopping 38-of-40 shots to lead the Beavers to a 3-2 upset win Saturday. She finished the weekend by stopping 58-of-63 shots.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Made 48 saves on 49 shots faced as Minnesota swept St. Cloud State on the road with 4-1 and 3-0 wins last weekend. Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Started both games of the weekend and notched her first shutout of the season with Friday's 6-0 win over Minnesota State.
Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota (Edina, Minn.)
Minnesota's Madeline Wethington recorded a career-best three-point series to lead the Gophers to a road sweep over St. Cloud State. She led WCHA rookies with three points, two goals, two game-winning goals and a .500 goals per shots on goal average. Among all WCHA blueliners, Wethington's three-point weekend ranked second. In Minnesota's 4-1 win in game one, Wethington scored her fourth goal of the season in the second period to put the Gophers up 2-1 before the team went on to win 4-1. She followed up with a two-point game in Minnesota's 3-0 win, scoring the game-winner just 3:39 into the game and adding an assist on the team's third goal, a power-play tally late in the first period. Four of Wethington's five goals on the season are game-winners. Defensively, the freshman blueliner helped Minnesota to its seventh shutout of the season and held the Huskies to one goal on 49 shots.
Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Led all BSU freshmen by posting two points off of two assists in the Beavers' series split with then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin. Jennifer Gardiner, Fr., F, Ohio State: Scored her fourth and fifth career goals on the weekend and was the only Ohio State player to score two goals in Saturday's 8-4 win over Minnesota State.