BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – December 15, 2020 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to honor four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Week presented by Sterling Trophy after their excellent on-ice performances for games of Dec. 4-11. Minnesota Duluth's senior Anna Klein (Forward), the Minnesota duo of junior Crystalyn Hengler (Defenseman) and redshirt-senior Lauren Bench (Goaltender) and St. Cloud State's freshman forward Emma Gentry (Rookie) take home this week's accolades.
Anna Klein, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Edina, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth's Anna Klein led both the nation and the WCHA in points after scoring five points in the last two weekends of games, including an NCAA-best two game-winning goals and 2.50 points per game average. The senior forward figured in half (five) of UMD's nine goals against St. Cloud State, Dec. 4-5, and was also +4 in UMD's series sweep of Huskies. She helped jump start the Bulldogs' scoring in both games. netting the game's first goal Friday night before adding the game's second goal Saturday. Both goals were game-winning tallies. The Edina, Minn., native continues to lead the NCAA and WCHA in scoring with six goals and five assists for 11 points in six games. She has notched a point in every game so far this season.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Sr., Bemidji State: Led the WCHA in points (four) and goals (three) during the weekend to help the Beavers split its series with St. Cloud State. Grace Zumwinkle, Sr., Minnesota: Scored two goals in Minnesota’s home-and-home sweep over Minnesota State. Brittyn Fleming, Sr., Minnesota State: Scored her first goal of the season to bring Minnesota State within one goal of then-No. 3/3 Minnesota on Saturday. Jenniina Nylund, Jr., St. Cloud State: Tied for the Huskies’ points lead with three points in their series at Bemidji State.
Crystalyn Hengler, Jr., Minnesota (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Minnesota's Crystalyn Hengler led all WCHA defensemen with three points, three assists, 1.50 assists per game, 1.50 points per game, one power-play assist, and one power-play point over the weekend of Dec. 10-11 in Minnesota's home-and-home sweep over Minnesota State. Her +3 rating was tied for second among WCHA defensemen. The junior blueliner tied her career high with two assists in Minnesota's game one 5-1 win, setting up the Gophers' first and fourth goals. In game two, Hengler assisted Grace Zumwinkle's game-winning power-play goal. Her three assists for the series were a career high, and she led NCAA defensemen with three points over the weekend.
Honorable Mention: Kara Werth, Sr., Bemidji State: Tied for second among league blueliners with two points off of two assists against St. Cloud State. Anna Wilgren, Jr., Minnesota State: Put six shots on net and blocked seven others against then-No. 3/3 Minnesota in Friday's contest.
Lauren Bench, RS-Sr., Minnesota (Eagan, Minn.)
Minnesota's Lauren Bench earned a road win over Minnesota State last Thursday in her lone appearance of the weekend as the Gophers won 5-1 over the Mavericks. Bench made 40 saves on 41 shots for a WCHA-best .976 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average on the weekend. Nationally, the Eagan, Minn., native's .976 save percentage ranked third in the country.
Honorable Mention: Kerigan Dowhy, Sr., Bemidji State: Went 1-1-0 during the weekend to help the Beavers split their series with St. Cloud State. Emma Soderberg, Jr., Minnesota Duluth: Led the nation and all WCHA goaltenders by allowing no goals in two games to help UMD sweep SCSU last weekend. Lauren Barbro, Fr., Minnesota State: Backstopped each of Minnesota State's games against then-No. 3/3 Minnesota.
Emma Gentry, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (Alpena, Mich.)
St. Cloud State's Emma Gentry scored two goals and added an assist for her first three collegiate points during the Huskies' Dec. 10-11 series at Bemidji State. The freshman forward fired in a game winner for her first collegiate goal in overtime on Thursday to give the Huskies a 3-2 victory over BSU. The Alpena, Mich., native then led the Huskies' second line to a stellar series, as she finished +4 on the weekend. The Huskies newcomer tallied a two-point performance on Friday with a goal and an assist and tied the team lead with 10 shots on goal throughout the series.
Honorable Mention: Gabbie Smith, Fr., F, Bemidji State: Posted one shot on goal and was -1 on the ice for Bemidji State. Audrey Wethington, Fr., F, Minnesota: Recorded her first two collegiate points in Minnesota's home-and-home sweep over Minnesota State with an assist in game on and a goal in game two. Clara Van Wieren, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth: led both the NCAA and the WCHA with three goals in two games over all games played nationally and in the league over the past two weeks. Sydney Langseth, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored her second goal of the season in Minnesota State's 5-1 loss to then-No. 3/3 Minnesota.
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