BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 18, 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 19th week of competition of the 2019-20 season. The Players of the Week for games of Feb. 14-16 are Ohio State sophomores Gabby Rosenthal (Forward) and Andrea Braendli (Goaltender), Minnesota State senior McKenzie Sederberg (Defenseman) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Olivia Cvar (Rookie).
Gabby Rosenthal, So., Ohio State (Blaine, Minn.)
Ohio State's Gabby Rosenthal tallied a team-high and league-high three points on the weekend. All her points came on the man advantage in the second period of Friday's 3-1 win over No. 2/2 Wisconsin. She assisted on the first two power-play goals and then scored a power play goal of her own – all within a two-minute span. She also had six blocked shots which tied for second on the team for the weekend.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Brodt, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: Led the WCHA with two goals over the weekend, including a shorthanded goal, in two games against Minnesota State. Brooke Bryant, So., Minnesota State: Collected her first multi-point game since Jan. 4 with a goal and an assist in the 5-4 loss to Minnesota Duluth.
McKenzie Sederberg, Sr., Minnesota State (Andover, Minn.)
Minnesota State's McKenzie Sederberg scored the game-tying goal in the 1-1 tie with then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth in the series finale, while also adding an assist on Tristen Truax's power-play goal at the 3:25 mark in the third period that cut the deficit to 4-2 at the time in game one. The goal was scored with 23 second left on the clock in the third period that forced overtime and eventually the tie in game two and on Senior Day. Sederberg added three shots on net, five blocked shots and had an even plus/minus when on the ice over the weekend. The Andover, Minn., native was one of two WCHA defenseman to score a goal and collect an assist over the weekend, along with her teammate Truax. Sederberg also led WCHA defenseman with seven SOG over the weekend and was tied for fourth in blocked shots.
Honorable Mention: Kailee Skinner, So., Minnesota Duluth: Tied for the WCHA-defenseman lead in points with two assists, including the helper on UMD's game-winner Friday night. Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State: Assisted on two of OSU's three goals in Saturday's win and was on the ice for all three goals.
Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)
Ohio State's Andrea Braendli had a league-high 74 saves on the weekend. She posted 36 saves on Saturday to tie her previous season-high and then notched 38 on Sunday to replace her season-best mark altogether. She only allowed two goals against No. 2/2 Wisconsin, including one on the power play. In Sunday's OT game, she saved a penalty shot attempt to maintain the Buckeye lead in the second period.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-Jr., Bemidji State: Led the WCHA by posting the league's best goals-against average of 0.48 and save percentage of .978 to help Bemidji State split at St. Cloud State. Calla Frank, Fr., Minnesota State: Backstopped Minnesota State to a 1-1 tie with then-No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth in the series finale. Emma Polusny, Jr., St. Cloud State: Collected her second shutout this season (sixth career) in Saturday's victory over Bemidji State as she made 41 saves for the Huskies.
Olivia Cvar, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (Stonewall, Man.)
St. Cloud State's Oliva Cvar tallied the Huskies' lone goal over the weekend, which led to Saturday's 1-0 victory over Bemidji State. Cvar's overtime game-winning goal that lifted the Huskies past the Beavers with just 44 seconds left in the game accounts for her eighth career goal. The sixth marker gives her the WCHA-Rookie lead in goals scored. Cvar has a total of 12 points on eight goals and four assists this season. The Stonewall, Man., native also tallied five shots on goal and three blocked shots on the weekend.
Honorable Mention: Calla Frank, Fr., G, Minnesota State: Ranked second in GAA and fourth in save percentage among WCHA goaltenders over the weekend.