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WCHA Announces 2019-20 All-League Teams, Presented by Sterling Trophy
All-WCHA and All-Academic teams honored

sterlingBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 27, 2020 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize the 24 student-athletes represented on its 2019-20 All-WCHA Teams, presented by Sterling Trophy, along with the 112 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees.

"I want to congratulate all of our All-WCHA honorees for their success on the ice and in the classroom," WCHA Vice-President and Women's League Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. "Today's announcement highlights the all-around excellence of the WCHA."

Showcasing the league's depth and youth, freshmen and sophomores account for six of 18 spots overall among the All-WCHA First, Second and Third teams.

The 2019-20 WCHA Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goaltender, Rookie, Outstanding Student-Athlete and Coach of the Year will be announced March 4. The overall WCHA Player of the Year will be recognized on March 5.


All-WCHA First Team, Presented by Sterling Trophy

The All-WCHA first team forward trio features Wisconsin senior Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Wisconsin junior Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont.) and, for the third-consecutive season Ohio State junior Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont.) Maltais finished the regular season with 55 points on 18 goals and 37 assists in 34 games, setting a new single-season point record at Ohio State, and tallied 41 points (12g-29a) in WCHA play to finish second in league points and assists. Watts posted more points than any other player in the NCAA, tallying 24 goals and 49 assists for 73 points. Her 49 helpers set a single season record at Wisconsin, putting her in the history books during her first season as a Badger. She also led the WCHA points race, finishing the regular season with 14 goals and 35 assists for 49 league points. Roque finished the campaign with 57 points on 25 goals and 32 assists and registered 38 points (17g-21a) in league play.

The All-WCHA blueliners are two-time First Team honoree redshirt senior Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.) of Ohio State and Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man.) of Minnesota Duluth. Bell held the scoring lead among defensemen with 31 points (11g-20a), 21 (7g,14a) of which she tallied in WCHA play. Dunne finished third in regular-season defenseman scoring with 25 points on seven goals and 18 assists and registered 19 of her points (6g-13a) to finish second among blueliners in league play.

Minnesota senior Sydney Scobee (Minnetrista, Minn.) earns the All-WCHA goaltender nod in 2020. The Gophers netminder led the league in save percentage (.934), goals against average (1.56), minutes played (1923:48) and shutouts with eight. Scobee played in 32 of 33 games for Minnesota including all 24 WCHA contests and lead the league in wins with 24 total and 17 in WCHA play. Her eight shutouts are the third-most in the nation.


All-WCHA Second Team, Presented by Sterling Trophy

The All-WCHA second team front line includes Minnesota junior Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.), Wisconsin sophomore Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Minnesota Duluth sophomore Gabbie Hughes (Lino Lakes, Minn.). Zumwinkle posted 41 points (21g-19a) , 31 of which she scored in league play (16g-15a). She put the most pucks on net this season with 175 shots on goal and tied for the best plus/minus rating in the WCHA at +36. Shirley paced the league in goals with 28 and added 31 helpers to rank second in the WCHA and tie for third in the NCAA in points with 59. She tallied 38 of her points (19g-19a) in league games. Hughes (18g-30a/48pts) tied for the WCHA lead in game-winning goals with five and ranked fifth in league scoring with 37 points from 12 goals and 25 helpers.

The All-WCHA second team defensemen are Wisconsin senior Mekenzie Steffen (Centerville, Minn.) and Minnesota junior Emily Brown (Blaine, Minn.). Brown posted four goals and 13 helpers for 17 points, 16 of which came in league play. Steffen recorded 16 points on six goals and 10 assists for the Badgers in WCHA contests this season.

Minnesota Duluth senior Maddie Rooney garnered second-team accolades after she posted the second-best save percentage (.926) and minutes played (1953.38) among league netminders. She became Minnesota Duluth's all-time career-leader this season, recording over 3000 stops during her time in a Bulldog sweater.The Andover, Minn., native stopped a total of 843 shots in 2019-20, which ranks No. 4 in the NCAA.


All-WCHA Third Team, Presented by Sterling Trophy

Minnesota redshirt senior Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.), Minnesota sophomore Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) and Minnesota Duluth senior Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.) comprise the forward group on the All-WCHA third team. Potomak moved up the Minnesota ranks to check in at 11th among the Gophers all-time career-scoring leaders. She added 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points this season to bring her career totals to 64 goals and 110 assists for 174 career points. Heise potted 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 2019-20, 29 of which came in WCHA play (14g-15a). Brodt finished 11th in the WCHA with 37 points on 17 goals and 20 assists. She registered 28 of her points (13g-15a) in league play.

Ohio State sophomore Sophie Jaques (Toronto, Ont.) and Minnesota State sophomore Anna Wilgren (Hudson, Wis.) are the All-WCHA third team defensemen. Jaques scored eight goals and added 14 assists to total 22 points in the regular-season and rank fifth among league defensemen. She had the most shots on goals of any WCHA blueliner at 115. Wilgren led the WCHA and ranked fourth in the nation in blocked shots, recording 90 in 35 games. She tallied 23 points on give goals and 18 assists.

Ohio State sophomore Andrea Braendli (Zurich, Switzerland) earns All-WCHA third team honors after recording the third-best save percentage in the league at. 921. She started all 27 games in which she played for the Buckeyes and posted a 2.00 goals against average.


WCHA All-Rookie Team, Presented by Sterling Trophy

The WCHA All-Rookie Team includes Minnesota State's Kelsey King (Elk River, Minn.) St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová (Opava, Czech Republic) and Bemidji State's Reece Hunt (Nelson, B.C.) at forward. Hymlárová leads WCHA freshman in points with 23 (7g-16a). King ranks second with 22 points on six goals and 16 assists. Hunt totaled 15 points on four goals and 11 assist and was the only league rookie to record a hat trick this season.

Defensively, the All-Rookie Team includes Ohio State's Teghan Inglis (Okotoks, Alta.) and Minnesota Madeline Wethington (Edina, Minn.). Inglis notched 10 points for Ohio State on three goals and seven helpers and blocked the most shots of any WCHA rookie at 38. Wethington tied for fourth among rookies in the point standings, recording six goals and eight assists for 14 points. Wethington touts the best plus/minus of any freshman in the WCHA at +19.

Minnesota State goaltender Calla Frank (White Bear Lake, Minn.) rounds out the All-Rookie Team. The freshman netminder posted a .909 save percentage, saved 427 of the 470 shots she faced and recorded two shutouts.


About the 2019-20 All-WCHA Teams, Presented by Sterling Trophy

WCHA Women's League member head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the All-WCHA Teams. The All-WCHA First, Second and Third Teams are determined by tabulating votes on a sliding 5-3-1 scale for First, Second and Third Team, respectively. The WCHA All-Rookie Team is determined by tabulating the number of votes each player receives.

2019-20 All-WCHA Teams, Presented by Sterling Trophy

First Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Emma Maltais F Jr. Ohio State Burlington, Ont.
Daryl Watts F Jr. Wisconsin Toronto, Ont.
Abby Roque F Sr. Wisconsin Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Jincy Dunne D Sr. Ohio State O'Fallon, Mo.
Ashton Bell D Jr. Minnesota Duluth Deloraine, Man.
Sydney Scobee G Sr. Minnesota Minnetrista, Minn.

Second Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Sophie Shirley F So. Wisconsin Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Grace Zumwinkle F Jr. Minnesota Excelsior, Minn.
Gabbie Hughes F So. Minnesota Duluth Lino Lakes, Minn.
Mekenzie Steffen D Sr. Wisconsin Centerville, Minn.
Emily Brown D Jr. Minnesota Blaine, Minn.
Maddie Rooney G Sr. Minnesota Duluth Andover, Minn.

Third Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Sydney Brodt F Sr. Minnesota Duluth North Oaks, Minn.
Sarah Potomak F Sr. Minnesota Aldergrove, B.C.
Taylor Heise F So. Minnesota Lake City, Minn.
Sophie Jaques D So. Ohio State Toronto, Ont.
Anna Wilgren D So. Minnesota State Hudson, Wis.
Andrea Braendli G So. Ohio State Zurich, Switzerland

WCHA All-Rookie Team
Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Kelsey King F Fr. Minnesota State Elk River, Minn.
Klára Hymlárová F Fr. St. Cloud State Opava, Czech Republic
Reece Hunt F Fr. Bemidji State Nelson, B.C.
Madeline Wethington D Fr. Minnesota Edina, Minn.
Teghan Inglis D Fr. Ohio State Okotoks, Alta.
Calla Frank G Fr. Minnesota State White Bear Lake, Minn.

2019-20 WCHA All-Academic Team

The League also released the 2019-20 WCHA All-Academic Team, comprised of 112 student-athletes representing all seven WCHA Women's League member institutions.

To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

Following, by team, are the 2019-20 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees.

Bemidji State (20)
Alexis Baker (So., G, Lakeville, Minn.); Paige Beebe (Jr., F, Ham Lake, Minn.); Lauren Bench (RS-Jr., G, Eagan, Minn.); Clair DeGeorge (Jr., F, Anchorage, Alaska); Kerigan Dowhy (Jr., G, The Pas, Man.); Abigail Ecker (So., D, Grey Eagle, Minn.); Lindsey Featherstone (Jr., F, Woodbury, Minn.); Abby Halluska (Sr., F, Delano, Minn.); Briana Jorde (Sr., D, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Jacqueline Kaasa (Sr., F, North Hudson, Wis.); Christina Kampa (Jr., D, Maple Grove, Minn.); Makayla Langei (Jr., D, East Grand Forks, Minn.); Haley Mack (Sr., F, East Grand Forks, Minn.); Ellie Moser (So., F, Farmington, Minn.); Graysen Myers (So., F, Fargo, N.D.); Heather Olson (Sr., D, Bemidji, Minn.); Lydia Passolt (Jr., F, Chanhassen, Minn.); Kaitlin Radke (Sr., F, Hastings, Minn.); Claudia Verkerke (So., F, White Bear Lake, Minn.); Kara Werth (Jr., D, Moorhead, Minn.).

Minnesota (13)
Emily Brown (Jr., D, Blaine, Minn.); Taylor Heise (So., F, Lake City, Minn.); Olivia Knowles (Jr., D, Campbell River, B.C.); Patti Marshall (Sr., D, Thief River Falls, Minn.); Emily Oden (So., F, Edina, Minn.); Gracie Ostertag (So., D, Shakopee, Minn.); Amy Potomak (RS-So., F, Aldergrove, B.C.); Sarah Potomak (RS-Sr., F, Aldergrove, B.C.); Katie Robinson (Sr., F, Kasson, Minn.); Catie Skaja (So., F, New Prague, Minn.); Taylor Wente (Jr., F, Plymouth, Minn.); Alex Woken (Sr., F, Fargo, N.D.); Grace Zumwinkle (Jr., F, Excelsior, Minn.).

Minnesota Duluth (18)
Monique Aanenson (Jr., F, Moorhead, Minn.); Taylor Anderson (So., F, Eagan, Minn.); Ashton Bell (Jr. (F, Deloraine, Man.); Sydney Brodt (Sr., F, North Oaks, Minn.); Kylie Hanley (So., F, Minnetonka, Minn.); McKenzie Hewett (So., F, Edmonton, Alta.); Ryleigh Houston (Sr., F, Winnipeg, Man.); Gabbie Hughes (So., F, Lino Lakes, Minn.); Anna Klein (Jr., F, Edina, Minn.); Anneke Linser (So., F, Lino Lakes, Minn.); Hanna Markel (Jr., G, Dillon, Colo.); Elizabeth Norton (So., D, Orono, Minn.); McKenzie Revering (Jr., D, Alexandria, Minn.); Naomi Rogge (Jr., F, Eden Prairie, Minn.); Maddie Rooney (RS-Sr., G, Andover, Minn.); Brooklyn Schugel (Sr., F, New Ulm, Minn.); Kailee Skinner (So., D, Penticton, B.C.); Emma Soderberg (So., G, Jarved, Sweden).

Minnesota State (14)
Emily Antony (Sr., F, Rogers, Minn.); Brooke Bryant (So., F, Linden, Calif.); Claire Butorac (So., F, Andover, Minn.); Chloe Crosby (Sr., G, Lakeville, Minn.); Brittyn Fleming (Jr., F, Oregon, Wis.); Mariah Gardner (Jr., F, Eagle Lake, Ont.); Taylor Gulenchyn (Sr., F, Stillwater, Minn.); Jordan Jackson (Sr., D, Maplewood, Minn.); Jessica Kondas (Jr., D, Calgary, Alta.); Abigail Levy (So., G, Congers, N.Y.); Madison Oelkers (So., F, Warroad, Minn.); Sofia Poinar (Sr., F, Chanhassen, Minn.); McKenzie Sederberg (Sr., D, Andover, Minn.); Anna Wilgren (So., D, Hudson, Wis.).

Ohio State (16) Madison Bizal (So., D, Elk River, Minn.); Andrea Braendli (So., G, Zurich, Switzerland); Lisa Bruno (Jr., D, Whitby, Ont.); Jincy Dunne (RS-Sr., D, O'Fallon, Mo.); Rebecca Freiburger (Sr., F, Rochester, Minn.); Sophie Jaques (So., D, Toronto, Ont.); Paetyn Levis (So., F, Rogers, Minn.); Emma Maltais (Jr., F, Burlington, Ont.); Elise Riemenschneider (Sr., D, Rocky River, Ohio); Gabby Rosenthal (So., F, Blaine, Minn.); Sara Saekkinen (So., F, Pirkkala, Finland); Eve Savander (So., D, Joensuu, Finland); Liz Schepers (Jr., F, Mound, Minn.); Tatum Skaggs (Jr., F, Hartland, Wis.); Oliva Soares (Sr., F, Boston, Mass.); Lynsey Wallace (Jr., G, Seven Hills, Ohio).

St. Cloud State (15)
Janine Alder (Sr., G, Zurich, Switzerland); Hannah Bates (Jr., D, Trenton, Mich.); Alexandra Cornelius (So., F, St. Cloud, Minn.); Katie Detert (Sr., F, Rhinelander, Wis.); Taytum Geier (So., D, Verona, Wis.); Janna Haeg (Sr., F, Lakeville, Minn.); Laura Kluge (Jr., F, Berlin, Germany); Brooke Kudirka (Sr., F, Omaha, Neb.); Jenniina Nylund (So., F, Pietarsaari, Finland); Emma Polusny (Jr., G, Mound, Minn.); Karlie Ries (So., G, Sleepy Eye, Minn.); Hallie Theodosopoulos (Sr., F/D, Brookings, S.D.); Abby Thiessen (Sr., D, Red Deer, Alta.); McKenna Wesloh (Jr., F, Zimmerman, Minn.); Kenzie Wylie (Jr., D, Ham Lake, Minn.).

Wisconsin (16)
Breanna Blesi (RS-So., G, Maple Grove, Minn.); Grace Bowlby (Jr., D, Edina, Minn.); Natalie Buchbinder (Jr., D, Fairport, N.Y.); Kristen Campbell (RS-Sr., G, Brandon, Man.); Britta Curl (So., F, Bismarck, N.D.); Jesse DeVito (So., F, Rumson, N.J.); Cami Kronish (So., G, New York, N.Y.); Nicole Lamantia (So., D, Wayne, Ill.); Alexis Mauermann (Sr., F, Janesville, Wis.); Presley Norby (Sr., F, Minnetonka, Minn.); Brette Pettet (Jr., F, Kentville, N.S.); Maddie Posick (Jr., F, Stoughton, Wis.); Abby Roque (Sr., F, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.); Caitlin Schneider (Jr., F, Glenview, Ill.); Sophie Shirley (So., F, Saskatoon, Sask.); Mekenzie Steffen (Sr., D, Centerville, Minn.).


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