BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – January 12, 2021 – 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 the games of Jan. 7-10. A pair of Gophers in Minnesota junior Taylor Heise (Forward) and freshman forward Abbey Murphy (Rookie) take home this week's awards alongside Ohio State junior Madison Bizal (Defenseman) and Minnesota State sophomore Calla Frank (Goaltender).
Taylor Heise, Jr., Minnesota (Lake City, Minn.)
Minnesota's Taylor Heise led the WCHA this past weekend with four goals, five points, 1.67 points per game, two game-winning goals, one hat trick, a +6 rating, and .571 goals/shots on goal average in Minnesota's three-game sweep of St. Cloud State. The junior forward recorded two points, scoring the game-winner and adding an assist, in Minnesota's 4-1 game two win at Ridder Arena and then scored her first collegiate hat trick, also the WCHA's first hat trick of the 2020-21 season, in Minnesota's game three 4-0 win on the road at St. Cloud State.
Honorable Mention: Kelsey King, So., Minnesota State: Recorded a point with an assist in MSU's 2-1 win over Bemidji Stae, Friday, and a pair of goals in Mavericks' 4-0 win over the Beavers, Saturday. Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin: Scored a pair of third-period goals during the Badgers four-point weekend against Ohio State.
Madison Bizal, Jr., Ohio State (Elk River, Minn.)
Ohio State's Madison Bizal recorded an assist on all three of Ohio State's goals in the Buckeyes weekend split with Wisconsin, including the game-winning tally in overtime Saturday. The junior blueliner currently leads Ohio State's roster with six assists on the season. The Elk River, Minn., native blocked three shots in the two-game series, and her seven points (4g-3a) on the season are tied for the team lead.
Honorable Mention: Madeline Wethington, So., Minnesota: Helped the Gophers hold St. Cloud State to two goals in three games last week as Minnesota won 2-1, 4-1, and 4-0. Jessica Kondas, Sr., Minnesota State: Recorded a goal and an assist for two points on Saturday during MSU's 4-0 win over BSU.
Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State (Hugo, Minn.)
Minnesota State's Calla Frank stopped 41-of-42 shots over the weekend to secure two wins for the Mavericks in their series sweep of Bemidji State, including her first shutout of the 2020-21 season with a 4-0 win over the Beavers on Saturday. The sophomore netminder only allowed one goal in the series and closed out the weekend with a .976 save percentage and a .500 goals against average.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, RS-Sr., Minnesota: Led WCHA goaltenders with a 0.43 goals against average and a .977 save percentage in three appearances against St. Cloud State. Andrea Braendli, Jr., Ohio State: Made 53 saves in Ohio State's weekend split at then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin. Kennedy Blair, Sr., Wisconsin: Made a WCHA-best 65 saves during the Badgers' four-point weekend against Ohio State.
Abbey Murphy, Fr., F, Minnesota (Evergreen Park, Ill.)
Minnesota's Abbey Murphy tied for the WCHA lead among all players with five points, 1.67 points per game, and a +6 rating in Minnesota's three-game sweep over St. Cloud State. Among WCHA rookies, Murphy paced the league with five points on two goals and three assists, giving her a WCHA-best 0.67 goals per game, 1.00 assists per game and 1.67 points per game. The freshman forward recorded her first career two-goal game in Minnesota's 4-1 win in game two against the Huskies before tallying a career-high three assists in the Gophers' 4-0 game three win at St. Cloud State.
Honorable Mention: Madison Mashuga, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored a goal 23 seconds after recording her only assist of the weekend to seal the 4-0 win over Bemidji State, Saturday.
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