BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – February 1, 2021 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to honor four student-athletes as the WCHA Players of the Month presented by Sterling Trophy after their excellent on-ice performances during the month of January. Wisconsin senior Daryl Watts (Forward) and Minnesota Duluth junior Emma Söderberg (Goaltender) collect the final monthly honors of 2020 alongside the Ohio State pair of freshmen Riley Brengman (Defenseman) and forward Jenna Buglioni (Rookie).
Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin (Toronto, Ont.)
Wisconsin's Daryl Watts posted an WCHA-leading and NCAA-best 18 points during January despite the Badgers playing only eight games during the month. Her 10 goals led the WCHA and country while her eight assists ranked second in the league behind linemate Sophie Shirley. The senior forward also helped UW to a 7-1 record during the month, including wins against three ranked teams. Her +13 plus/minus rating also led the WCHA and ranked fifth nationally. Watts scored in seven of her eight games in January and enters February with a six-game goal streak. The Toronto, Ont., native also was one of six NCAA skaters to post a hat trick during the month. Her 2.25 points per game average led the country during January. This is Watts' third career WCHA Forward of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Kelsey King, So., Minnesota State: Posted a pair of three-point weekends against BSU to lead the Mavericks to a pair of sweeps over the Beavers. Jenna Buglioni, Fr., Ohio State: Tied for the team lead with 10 points and led the team with six goals scored during January.
Riley Brengman, Fr., Ohio State (China, Mich.)
Ohio State's Riley Brengman led the Buckeyes with seven assists in 10 games during the month of January, posting nine points during the month off her seven helpers and two goals. The freshman blueliner recorded an assist in four straight games and tallied a plus/minus rating of +10 for the month, which was tops on Ohio State's roster. The China, Mich., native was a two-time WCHA weekly award winner during January, and this is her first career WCHA monthly honor.
Honorable Mention: Mak Langei, Sr., Bemidji State: Posted three points off of two goals and one assist during the month of January to lead all BSU defensemen. Tristen Truax, Sr., Minnesota State: Led Minnesota State in defensive scoring in January with one goal and four assists for five points in eight games. Grace Bowlby, Sr., Wisconsin: Posted eight points, which ranked third among all NCAA defensemen, while her eight assists led all NCAA blueliners.
Emma Söderberg, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Järved, Sweden)
Minnesota State's Emma Söderberg led the WCHA and ranked second in the NCAA in January with a .981 save percentage, 0.50 goals against average and three shutouts. The junior netminder allowed a WCHA-low three goals against in six games and has played a league-most 99.3 percent of UMD minutes at 363.06. She stopped 156 out of 159 shots and boasts a 4-2-0 record in net during January. This is Söderberg's second career WCHA Goaltender of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Kerigan Dowhy, Sr., Bemidji State: Led the NCAA and WCHA with 549:00 minutes played and 280 saves during the month of January. Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Stopped a career-high 52 saves on 55 shots in MSU's 3-0 loss to No. 3/3 Ohio State on Jan. 22. Kennedy Blair, Sr., Wisconsin: Posted a league-best seven wins during the month of January while posting a .949 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average.
Jenna Buglioni, Fr., F, Ohio State (Port Moody, B.C.)
Ohio State's Jenna Buglioni recorded at least one point in five of Ohio State's 10 games during the month of January, tying for the team lead with 10 points. The freshman forward led the Buckeyes with six goals during the month, and tallied six points (3g-3a) in a weekend sweep of Bemidji State, finishing the weekend as the nation's leading scorer amongst freshmen. The Port Moody, B.C., native compiled three multi-point games during the month and registered 13 blocked shots. This marks the first WCHA monthly honor of Buglioni's career.
Honorable Mention: Abbey Murphy, Fr., F, Minnesota: Tied for the WCHA lead among rookies with 1.00 points per game during January. Jamie Nelson, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Posted four points with a pair of assists and goals in January. Lacey Eden, Fr., F, Wisconsin: Tallied four points during her four games during January, including a game-winning goal in UW's 4-2 win at St. Cloud State on Jan. 24.
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