BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 11, 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 18th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Feb. 7-8 are Minnesota Duluth sophomore Gabbie Hughes (Forward), junior Ashton Bell (Defenseman) and senior Maddie Rooney (Goaltender) and Minnesota State freshman goaltender Calla Frank (Rookie).
Gabbie Hughes, So., Minnesota Duluth (Lino Lakes, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes figured in six of UMD's nine goals in its series sweep over then-No. 5/5 Ohio State. Hughes had a goal and an assist in the Bulldogs' overtime win Friday before having a hand in all four of Minnesota Duluth's goals (2g-2a) in their 4-1 win Saturday. The center from Lino Lakes, Minn., led the nation and the WCHA over the weekend in points (six), goals (three) points per game (3.00) and face-off wins (37). Hughes is currently on a three-game scoring streak against teams ranked in the top-5 (4g-3a/7pts) and sits fifth in the WCHA with 43 points (17g-26a).
Honorable Mention: Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota: Tallied five points to rank second in the WCHA over the weekend while her three assists tied for tops in the league. Tatum Skaggs, Jr., Ohio State: Scored a team-high three goals on the weekend
Ashton Bell, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Deloraine, Man.)
Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell had one assist in Friday's overtime win and a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal on Saturday. Bell's three points ranked second among defensemen in the NCAA and first in the WCHA, and she led the nation with 10 blocked shots. With 11 goals on the season so far, Bell is now in a three-way tie for the third most goals scored by a Bulldog defenseman in program history. Overall, Bell has tallied 29 points (11g-18a) in 28 games.
Honorable Mention: Tristen Truax, Jr., Minnesota State: Scored the game-winning goal in the 3-1 upset on then-No.1/1 Wisconsin in the series finale.
Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney helped backstop the Bulldogs to a series sweep over then-No. 5/5 Ohio State with two 40-plus save performances - 41 on Friday and 46 on Saturday - despite four Buckeye power plays. Rooney made an NCAA-high (and WCHA-best) 87 saves in a league-high 123:12 minutes of action and was one of only two WCHA goaltenders to nab two wins on the weekend. Rooney has had three 40-plus save outings in three of her last four games, all of which were against top-five opponents.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota: Combined for 34 saves on 38 shots faced in Minnesota road sweep at Bemidji State over the weekend. Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State: Recorded 35 saves in Minnesota State's 3-1 victory over then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin.
Calla Frank, Fr., G, Minnesota State (White Bear Lake, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Calla Frank backstopped Minnesota State to its first win against a top-10 team this season, defeating then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin 3-1 in the series finale. The lone goal allowed came at the 15:45 mark in the third period when the Badgers had a 5-on-3 advantage. Frank and the Mavericks overcame three penalties called, including a five-minute major with 2:19 remaining, within the last six minutes of the game to preserve the win. Frank made 15 saves in the first period, nine in the second stanza and 11 in the final frame. Frank and the Mavericks special teams killed off two of three penalties taken in the game against the best power-play unit in the nation. Frank led the WCHA over the weekend in save percentage and goals against average while also being fourth in save percentage and tied for sixth in GAA in the NCAA. Among NCAA freshman, Frank had the second best save percentage and tied for the second best GAA over the weekend. The win over then-No. 1/1Wisconsin snapped a 28-game losing streak that dated back to March 1, 2014 when the Mavericks defeated the then-No. 2/2 Badgers 3-0 in game two of the WCHA Quarterfinals.
Honorable Mention: Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Led all league freshmen and tied for the league lead among all skaters with a hat trick on Friday. Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota: Scored a goal to help the Gophers to a road sweep at Bemidji State over the weekend.