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Quartet garners league recognition for games of Feb. 5-6
Wisconsin's Watts, Bowlby And Eden And St. Cloud State's Ahola Earn WCHA Player Of The Week Honors Presented By Sterling Trophy
Quartet garners league recognition for games of Feb. 5-6

sterlingBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – February 9, 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 Feb. 5-6. A trio of Badgers in Wisconsin seniors Daryl Watts (Forward) and Grace Bowlby (Defenseman) and freshman forward Lacey Eden (Rookie) take home this week's awards alongside St. Cloud State freshman Sanni Ahola (Goaltender).

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin (Toronto, Ont.)

Wisconsin's Daryl Watts tied for the WCHA lead with three points during the Badgers' Border Battle weekend against No. 2/2 Minnesota. Watts scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in OT, and added the game-tying assist in UW's 4-3 win against Minnesota on Friday night. Thanks to her two goals on Friday, Watts extended her goal streak to seven games, which is tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. She also moved up to 21st in NCAA history in career goals with 102 and 18th for career points (228). Watts was tied for the WCHA lead in points (three), goals (two), game-winning goals (one) and plus/minus (+3) during the weekend. This week's honor marks the seventh weekly award of Watts' career as a Badger and her third this season.

Honorable Mention: Grace Zumwinkle, Sr., Minnesota: Scored two goals to lead Minnesota as the Gophers took three WCHA points against No. 1/1 Wisconsin over the weekend. Madison Oelkers, Jr., Minnesota State: Posted two assists for two points on the weekend for the Mavericks in their series against St. Cloud State.

WCHA Defenseman of the Week

player Grace Bowlby, Sr., Wisconsin (Edina, Minn.)

Wisconsin's Grace Bowlby posted two points during the Badgers' three-point weekend at No. 2/2 Minnesota over the weekend. Her two points and two assists led all WCHA blueliners, while her +2 plus/minus rating was also tied for the league lead. Bowlby provided the assist on UW's game-winning goal on Friday night before adding another assist in Saturday's 2-2 game. The senior blueliner currently has a seven-game point streak heading into this weekend's series. This is the third weekly honor of Bowlby's career.

Honorable Mention: Crystalyn Hengler, Sr., Minnesota: Helped the Gophers to three WCHA points against No. 1/1 Wisconsin over the weekend. Tristen Truax, Sr., Minnesota State: Scored the Mavericks' first goal on Saturday that helped MSU takedown SCSU 4-2 in game two of the series.

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Sanni Ahola, Fr., St. Cloud State (Helsinki, Finland)

St. Cloud State's Sanni Ahola tied her career-high with a 38-save shutout of Minnesota State on Friday in the Huskies' series against the Mavericks. The freshman netminder recorded her second shutout of the season, both of which have come against Minnesota State. The Helsinki, Finland native stopped an incredible 24 shots in the third period to help SCSU hold onto their lead and secure the win. This is Ahola's second career weekly honor.

Honorable Mention: Makayla Pahl, So., Minnesota: Made 21 saves on 23 shots faced in the Gophers' 2-2 OT tie to No. 1/1 Wisconsin in game two of this weekend's series. Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Stopped 27-of-29 shots in the 4-2 win over St. Cloud State, Saturday. Kennedy Blair, Sr., Wisconsin: Made a WCHA-high 56 saves during the Badgers' weekend at No. 2/2 Minnesota.

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Lacey Eden, Fr., F, Wisconsin (Annapolis, Md.)

Wisconsin's Lacey Eden enjoyed another solid weekend for the Badgers as she posted two points during UW's weekend at No. 2/2Minnesota. She earned her first multi-assist game for UW in Friday's 4-3 win, as she assisted on a pair of third-period goals for UW. Her +1 plus/minus rating was tied for the best mark by a WCHA rookie. This marks the second weekly award of Eden's career.

Honorable Mention: Maggie Nicholson, Fr., D, Minnesota: Helped the Gophers to three WCHA points against No. 1/1 Wisconsin over the weekend. Sydney Langseth, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Scored a go-ahead goal in the Mavericks' 4-2 routing of the Huskies, Saturday. Sanni Ahola, Fr., G, St. Cloud State: Tied her career-high with a 38-save shutout of Minnesota State on Friday.

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