BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – January 5, 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 Sterling Trophy after their outstanding on-ice performances for games of Jan. 1-3. A pair of Ohio State newcomers in freshmen Jenna Buglioni (Forward) and Riley Brengman (Rookie) take home this week's awards alongside the Wisconsin duo of seniors Grace Bowlby (Defenseman) and Kennedy Blair (Goaltender).
Jenna Buglioni, Fr., Ohio State (Port Moody, B.C.)
Ohio State's Jenna Buglioni recorded three goals and three assists in a 2-0 weekend for Ohio State, leading all NCAA rookies in scoring on the weekend with her six points. In a 4-1 win on Friday, the Buckeye newcomer finished with four points on two goals and two assists. The Port Moody, B.C., native closed out game one of the series one point shy of tying Ohio State's record for points in a single game. The freshman forward went on to score one goal and add an assist in Saturday's 7-1 win over Bemidji State to average 3.0 points per game on the weekend. This is Buglioni's first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, Sr., Minnesota State: Supplied a game-tying goal against No. 1/1 Wisconsin in MSU's 3-2 loss on Jan. 2. Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin: Scored the game-winning goal late in the third period of the Badgers' 3-2 win over the Mavericks on Saturday before providing a game-winning assist on Sunday.
Grace Bowlby, Sr., Wisconsin (Edina, Minn.)
Wisconsin's Grace Bowlby earned assists on all three of UW's goals during its 3-2 win over Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon, tying a career-high single-game mark. The blueliner's three assists and three points were the most by a WCHA defenseman over the weekend as the senior co-captain helped UW to its first sweep of the 2020-21 season. The Edina, Minn., native also finished with a +2 plus/minus rating and helped UW to its second shutout of the 2020-21 campaign. This is Bowlby's second career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Tristen Truax, Sr., Minnesota State: Blocked 12 shots in the Jan. 2-3 series against No. 1/1 Wisconsin and assisted on a tying goal in MSU's 3-2 loss on Jan. 2. Riley Brengman, Fr., Ohio State: Scored the first two points of her career with a goal and an assist against Bemidji State.
Kennedy Blair, Sr., Wisconsin (Bismarck, N.D.)
Wisconsin's Kennedy Blair posted an NCAA-best two wins over the weekend while leading UW to its first sweep of the 2020-21 season. Blair stopped 18 of the 20 shots she faced in UW's 3-2 win on Saturday before earning 21 saves in the Badgers' 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon. The Bismarck, N.D., native was the only goalie in the WCHA to earn a shutout over the weekend and her .951 save percentage paced the league. In addition, her 1.00 GAA was tied for the best mark in the conference. On the season, the senior netminder is tied for the NCAA lead with two shutouts while she ranks second in the league in goals-against average (1.26) and save percentage (.952). This is the first WCHA weekly honor of her career.
Honorable Mention: Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Backstopped MSU's series against No. 1/1 Wisconsin and allowed four goals on 68 shots. Andrea Braendli, Jr., Ohio State: Played in one game over the weekend for Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes defeat Bemidji State, 4-1.
Riley Brengman, Fr., D, Ohio State (China, Mich.)
Ohio State's Riley Brengman scored the first two points of her career with a goal and an assist in Ohio State's series against Bemidji State. Her assist came in Friday's 4-1 win and then she added her first career goal on Saturday in a 7-1 win. The China, Mich., native had a +/- of +5 in two wins over the weekend for Ohio State and was part of an Ohio State defense that allowed just 30 shots in two games. This is Brengman's first career WCHA weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Sydney Langseth, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored a game-tying goal on Jan. 2 in MSU's 3-2 loss to No. 1/1 Wisconsin.
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