BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – February 2, 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 outstanding on-ice performances for the games of Jan. 29-30. A trio of Bulldogs in Minnesota Duluth senior Ashton Bell (Defenseman) and junior Emma Söderberg (Goaltender) and freshman forward Clara Van Wieren (Rookie) take home this week's awards alongside Ohio State senior Emma Maltais (Forward).
Emma Maltais, Sr., Ohio State (Burlington, Ont.)
Ohio State's Emma Maltais had a hand in five of Ohio State's seven goals last weekend in the series against No. 2/2 Minnesota. The senior forward finished with four points on a goal and three assists in Friday's game and followed that up with a goal in Saturday's 3-1 victory for five points on the weekend. The Burlington, Ont., native became just the second Buckeye to record 100 career assists when she tallied her third assist on Friday. This is Maltais' eighth career weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Abigail Boreen, Jr., Minnesota: Scored one goal in each game as the Gophers earned a road split at Ohio State last weekend. Anna Klein, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: Tied for the most goals in the league and was the lone player to notch a shorthanded goal. Kelsey King, So., Minnesota State: Led the Mavericks with the most goals (two) against BSU last weekend.
Ashton Bell, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (Deloraine, Man.)
Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell recorded a goal and an assist for two points in the Bulldogs series against St. Cloud State, tying for the league lead in points scored by a defenseman. The Deloraine, Man, native fired a league-best 10 shots on goal and tied for second in the league with six blocked shots. The senior blueliner helped UMD hold St. Cloud State to a single goal in two contests and boasted a +4 rating on this over the weekend. This weekly honor marks the seventh of Bell's career.
Honorable Mention: Abby Ecker, Jr., Bemidji State: Scored her first career goal for the Beavers in Saturday's contest with Minnesota State. Emily Brown, Sr., Minnesota: Emily Brown recorded a pair of assists in Minnesota's game one 7-4 win as the Gophers earned a series split on the road at Ohio State over the weekend. Jessica Kondas, Sr., Minnesota State: Scored the Mavericks' game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over Bemidji State. Riley Brengman, Fr., Ohio State: Tallied assists in both of Ohio State's games last weekend against No. 2/2 Minnesota.
Emma Söderberg, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Järved, Sweden.)
Minnesota Duluth's Emma Söderberg led the WCHA with .978 saves percentage and 0.50 saves percentage, as well tied for the top spot with one shutout on the weekend. The junior netminder surrendered just one goal in 120 minutes of play and continues to rank first in the WCHA and second in the NCAA with .963 saves percentage, 0.63 GAA and six shutouts. This is Söderberg's second career weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Kerigan Dowhy, Sr., Bemidji State: Posted a .933 save percentage and 1.97 goals against average in two losses at Minnesota State this past weekend. Makayla Pahl, So., Minnesota: Made a career-high 41 saves on 43 shots faced in Minnesota's game two 3-1 loss on the road at Ohio State. Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Earned her second shutout of the season last Friday in MSU's 1-0 overtime win over BSU after she stopped all 17 shots she faced. Amanda Thiele, Fr., Ohio State: Made 29 saves in a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday with a .967 save percentage.
Clara Van Wieren, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (Okemos, Mich.)
Minnesota Duluth's Clara Van Wieren tied among all rookies in scoring on the weekend with a goal and an assist for two points in Minnesota Duluth's series against St. Cloud State. She posted league best +2 rating among rookies and leads the WCHA with a 0.60 goals per game average and despite only playing in 10 games. The freshman forward trails the rookie top slot by a single goal with six through her first 10 games and leads all rookies with a +9 rating and one power-play goal. This is Van Wieren's second career weekly honor.
Honorable Mention: Abbey Murphy, Fr., F, Minnesota: Recorded two points in Minnesota's game one 7-4 win as the Gophers earned a series split on the road at Ohio State. Jamie Nelson, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Put up a two-point night Saturday with a goal and then a primary assist on MSU's goal in overtime that sealed a 3-2 win over BSU. Riley Brengman, Fr., D, Ohio State: Had assists in both of Ohio State's games last weekend against No. 2/2 Minnesota, running her streak of consecutive games with at least one assist to four.
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