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Quartet garner honors for games of Feb. 28 – Mar. 1
Minnesota's Zumwinkle, Minnesota Duluth's Flaherty And Rooney, And Bemidji State's Hunt Earn WCHA Player Of The Week Nod
Quartet garner honors for games of Feb. 28 – Mar. 1

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Mar. 3, 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 WCHA Quarterfinals. The Players of the Week for games of Feb. 28 – Mar. 1 are Minnesota junior Grace Zumwinkle (Forward), Minnesota Duluth sophomore Maggie Flaherty (Defenseman) and senior Maddie Rooney (Goaltender) and Bemidji State freshman forward Reece Hunt (Rookie).

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota (Excelsior, Minn.)

Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle led the Gophers to a WCHA Quarterfinals sweep of St. Cloud State over the weekend with a WCHA-best four points. In the Gophers' 4-2 win in game one, Zumwinkle set up Alex Woken's power-play goal, which tied the game at 2-2 in the second period. She followed up with her first hat trick of the season in the Gophers' game two 7-3 win. Zumwinkle's four points and three goals both tied for tops in the league over the weekend, and she led the WCHA with 7.00 shots on goal per game.

Honorable Mention: Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State: Tied for the team-lead in points with three on the weekend and pulled even with the Ohio State single-season-assist record.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Maggie Flaherty, So., Minnesota Duluth (Lakeville, Minn.)

Minnesota Duluth's Maggie Flaherty tied for the most points by a blueliner on the weekend in the WCHA with three and posted the only game-winning goal by a defenseman in the Bulldogs' 2-1 overtime victory against Bemidji State Friday night. The Lakeville, Minn., native also boasts a league-best plus/minus rating of +3 and posted a league-most 15 shots on the weekend.

Honorable Mention: Tina Kampa, Jr., Bemidji State: Earned both her assists on the power play which tied for the league lead in power-play points. Defensively, she blocked a league and NCAA-high 24 shots including a national-best 14 in Saturday's four overtime thriller. Emily Brown, Jr., Minnesota: Tied for the lead among WCHA defensemen with three points (1g-2a) in Minnesota's WCHA Quarterfinals sweep over St. Cloud State. Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State: Tied for the team lead in points with a three-point weekend during the Buckeyes' WCHA Quarterfinal series against Minnesota.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Maddie Rooney, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)

Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney led the NCAA and WCHA in minutes played, the WCHA in goals against average (0.93), save percentage, and tallied the second-most saves on the weekend (95). She also allowed the second-fewest goals of any goaltender playing two or more games and was tied with the most wins at two.

Honorable Mention: Andrea Braendli, So., Ohio State: Posted her third shutout of the season over the weekend and her ninth of her career in Ohio State's 1-0 win over Minnesota State.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Reece Hunt, Fr., F, Bemidji State (Nelson, B.C.)

Bemidji State's Reece Hunt factored in on every goal by the Beavers in their WCHA Quarterfinal series at Minnesota Duluth and led all league freshmen and tied for the overall lead with four points off of three goals and one assist. She began the series by assisting on the Beavers' lone goal in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. She then responded by scoring both goals in BSU's 2-1 four overtime victory in game two followed by scoring the Beavers' lone goal in their 4-1 loss on Sunday. Her three goals over the weekend were tied for the most in the WCHA. Hunt finished the series with 15 shots on goal, which tied for third most in the league, and was +1 on the ice.

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Gardiner, Fr., F, Ohio State: Scored the opening goal of the weekend for her first post-season point.