BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 5, 2020 – With the first month of 2020 complete, the women's league of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to honor four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Month, presented by Sterling Trophy. The honorees for January are: Ohio State junior Emma Maltais (Forward) and redshirt senior Jincy Dunne (Defenseman), Minnesota senior Sydney Scobee (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Olivia Cvar (Rookie) take home the month's accolades.
Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State (Burlington, Ont.)
Ohio State's Emma Maltais posted a team-high 14 points from a team-high 11 assists and three goals during January. She led the league in points (14), assists (11), assists per game (1.57 and points per game (2.00). Her goals included a power-play tally and a shorthanded goal, both finding the back of the net against Minnesota State. In the weekend series against Bemidji the junior forward notched a goal and two assists in game one then added a power-play goal and the lone shootout goal in game two to give the Buckeyes the extra league point. The tally marked Maltais' 129th career point, which puts her in sixth in Ohio State history in career points.
Honorable Mention: Amy Potomak, RS-So., Minnesota: Recorded at least one point in seven of nine games during January including two multi-point games, one of which featured a natural hat trick. Sophie Shirley, So., Wisconsin: Held a three game scoring streak from Jan. 10 to Jan. 24 wherein she earned four points on three goals and one assist. Clair DeGeorge, Jr., Bemidji State: Led the Beavers and tied for ninth in the WCHA by posting seven points off of four goals and three assists during January.
Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Ohio State's Jincy Dunne tied for the team lead in defensive points and paced the team in defensive assists with six during the month of January. She posted two multi-assist games against Minnesota State and Bemidji State, and her long goal of the month came on the power play against the Mavericks. The senior blueliner added helpers on two power-play goals and assisted on the game winner against then-No. 1/1 Minnesota. In January, she tied for ninth in the WCHA in pointswith seven and tied for second among defensemen.
Honorable Mention: Anna Wilgren, So., Minnesota State: Leads Minnesota State in assists (15), points (20), shots on goal (83), game-winning goals (three) and blocked shots (77). Her 77 blocks pace the WCHA and rank second nationally. Mak Langei, Jr., Bemidji State: Led the Bemidji State blueline with three points on three assists in nine games. Ashton Bell, Jr., Minnesota Duluth: Led the WCHA with nine points in the month of January on four goals and five assists. She also posted a league-best four game-winning goals, three power play goals and four power play appoints, as well as a 1.29 points per game average.
Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Minnesota's Sydney Scobee led the WCHA with six wins and two shutouts along with a league-high 519:32 minutes played during January. The senior netminder ranked third in the league with a 1.96 goals against average and fifth in the WCHA with a .918 save percentage. In January league games, she ranked second with a 1.95 goals against average and third with a .925 save percentage. The Minnetrista, Minn., native combined for 191 saves in nine games and whitewashed St. Cloud State and No. 9/9 Minnesota Duluth.
Honorable Mention: Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Posted the best goals against average (1.58) and win percentage (.833) in the league during January. Abigail Levy, So., Minnesota State: Recorded over 30 saves in three of seven starts for the Mavericks and tied a career-high 43 saves against Bemidji State on Jan. 25. Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State: Posted a 2.33 goals against average and .917 save percentage in January.
Olivia Cvar, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (Stonewall, Man.)
St. Cloud State's Olivia Cvar tallied five goals in eight games for the Huskies during the month of January. The freshman forward has played in all 29 games for St. Cloud State this season, collecting seven goals and three assists during her time on the ice. She contributes heavily on the Huskies' special teams and has earned WCHA Rookie of the Week accolades twice in January. Cvar paces WCHA freshmen in goals scores this season and even went on a four-game scoring streak in the first month of the new decade.
Honorable Mention: Jenn Gardiner, Fr., F, Ohio State: Ranked second in the league in point scoring during the month of January with two goals and three assists for five points. Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota: Led WCHA rookies with two game-winning goals and 13 blocked shots during January. Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Led Bemidji State rookies with three points off three assists and tied for seventh among league rookies in points.
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