BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – January 26, 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 fantastic on-ice performances for the games of Jan. 22-23. A pair of Badgers in Wisconsin senior Daryl Watts (Forward) and freshman forward Lacey Eden (Rookie) take home this week's awards alongside Ohio State freshman Riley Brengman (Defenseman) and Bemidji State senior Kerigan Dowhy (Goaltender).
Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin (Toronto, Ont.)
Wisconsin's Daryl Watts posted an NCAA-best eight points over the weekend, leading the No. 1/1 Badgers to a sweep of St. Cloud State. Watts recorded a career-best six points in UW's 10-0 win on Friday afternoon, posting her first hat trick as a Badger in the process. Watts led or was tied for the NCAA lead in goals (four), assists (four), points (eight), power-play points (two) and plus/minus (+6). Watts has a point in each Badger game this year and has a six-game goal streak heading into UW's bye week.
Honorable Mention: Kelsey King, So., Minnesota State: Posted a two-point game in MSU's 7-2 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. Jennifer Gardiner, So., Ohio State: Finished with a team-high three points in Saturday's 7-2 win, scoring once and assisting on two other goals.
Riley Brengman, Fr., Ohio State (China, Mich.)
Ohio State's Riley Brengman recorded four assists to help boost the Buckeyes to a series sweep last weekend over Minnesota State. The China, Mich., native, registered two assists in Friday's 3-0 win followed by another pair of helpers in Saturday's 7-2 victory. The freshman blueliner finished the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +4 for the weekend, ten shots on goal and one blocked shot.
Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, Sr., Bemidji State: Led the Bemidji State blueline in scoring by scoring the game-winning overtime goal in Friday's 1-0 upset over No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth. Taylor Wemple, Jr., Minnesota State: Blocked five shots for the Mavericks over the weekend. Grace Bowlby, Sr., Wisconsin: Posted two assists in UW's 10-0 win on Friday along with a +3 plus/minus rating before adding another helper in UW's 4-2 win on Saturday.
Kerigan Downy, Sr., Bemidji State (The Pas, Man.)
Bemidji State's Kerigan Dowhy led the WCHA and was second in the nation with 76 saves over the weekend to help the Beavers split their series with No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth. The senior netminder tied for the league lead with a 0.48 goals against average and led the league with a .987 save percentage. Dowhy posted a career-high 46-save shutout in game one against the Bulldogs to help the Beavers earn a 1-0 overtime victory and earn her first shutout of the season before stopping 30 shots in game two.
Honorable Mention: Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Made a career-high 52 saves on 55 shots in Friday's 3-0 loss to Ohio State. Andrea Braendli, Jr., Ohio State: Had a .950 save percentage and 1.13 goals-against average in two wins over Minnesota State last weekend. Kennedy Blair, Sr., Wisconsin: Was one of two WCHA goalies to earn a pair of wins over the weekend.
Lacey Eden, Fr., F, Wisconsin (Annapolis, Md.)
Wisconsin's Lacey Eden scored the biggest goal of her short Badger career on Saturday, tallying the game-winning strike with 1:17 left in the third to lead UW to a comeback win at St. Cloud State to complete the sweep of the Huskies. Eden's first game-winning goal as a Badger came a day after she posted her first multi-point game for UW, as she posted a goal and an assist in UW's 10-0 win over the Huskies on Friday. Her three points on the weekend were tied for the second most by a NCAA rookie while her two goals were tied for the most by NCAA freshmen.
Honorable Mention: Jamie Nelson, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored the Mavericks' first goal of the weekend in Saturday's 7-2 loss to Ohio State. Riley Brengman, Fr., D, Ohio State: Had four assists in two wins last weekend over Minnesota State.
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