BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 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 Month presented by Sterling Trophy after their outstanding on-ice performances during the month of February. The Wisconsin duo of senior Grace Bowlby (Defenseman) and freshman forward Lacey Eden (Rookie) collect the final monthly honors of the regular season alongside Minnesota senior Grace Zumwinkle (Forward) and Minnesota Duluth junior Emma Söderberg (Goaltender).
Grace Zumwinkle, Sr., Minnesota (Excelsior, Minn.)
Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle led the WCHA with 11 points, seven goals, 28 shots on goal, one hat trick, and a +9 rating in six games during February. Zumwinkle had at least one goal in five of six games in February. She scored two goals against the Badgers, one against Ohio State, and four against Bemidji State, including a hat trick. The senior forward was named WCHA Forward of the Week following an eight-point series against the Beavers to close out the month. This is Zumwinkle's fifth career WCHA Forward of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Gabbie Hughes, Jr., Minnesota Duluth: Led the WCHA and ranked second in the NCAA among all players with more than two games with a 2.25 points per game clip, a league-high 1.75 goals and two game-winning goals in February, as well as a WCHA-high 71 face-off wins. Kelsey King, So., Minnesota State: Led Maverick shooting in February with 19 shots on net, averaging 4.75 shots on goal per game. Paetyn Levis, Jr., Ohio State: Scored two game-winning goals last month, both in Ohio State's sweep at Minnesota which marked its only two games of the month. Daryl Watts, Sr., Wisconsin: Scored four goals and tallied six assists for the Badgers while leading UW to its ninth WCHA regular-season title. Jenniina Nylund, Jr., St. Cloud State: Led the Huskies with five points in four games played, helping the program to a 3-1-0 month of February.
Grace Bowlby, Sr., Wisconsin (Edina, Minn.)
Wisconsin's Grace Bowlby posted a WCHA blueliner best six points during the month of February, leading UW to the WCHA regular-season title. Bowlby's six assists were not only the most of any defenseman, but were tied for the league lead among all skaters with fellow Badger Daryl Watts. The senior defenseman's +7 plus/minus rating was tied for the best mark among all WCHA blueliners. This is Bowlby's first career WCHA monthly honor.
Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, Sr., Minnesota: Ranked second among WCHA defensemen with five points in six games during February. Ashton Bell, Sr., Minnesota Duluth: Had the fourth most points per game in the WCHA in February and tied for the second most assists per game at 0.75. Tristen Truax, Sr., Minnesota State: Led the Mavericks with a team-high 12 blocks in the month of February. Sophie Jaques, Jr., Ohio State: Had a team-best five blocks in Ohio State's sweep at Minnesota and had a +/- of +3 for the month.
Emma Söderberg, Jr., Minnesota Duluth (Järved, Sweden)
Minnesota State's Emma Söderberg led the WCHA with a 30 saves per game average and finished second in saves with 120 on 130 shots among goaltenders who played more than 50 percent of their team's minutes. The junior netminder was No. 2 in the WCHA in wins (three), second save percentage (.923) and third with in GAA (2.50) while playing the second-most minutes (239:59) of her league counterparts. Söderberg ranks first in the WCHA and third in the NCAA with a .951 save percentage overall, and first in the WCHA and second in the NCAA with a 1.34 GAA. Her 11 wins this season rank No. 5 in the NCAA while her 404 saves this season averages out to 25.25 stops per game. This is Söderberg's third career WCHA Goaltender of the Month honor.
Honorable Mention: Makayla Pahl, So., Minnesota: Recorded a 1-1-1 record in three games played in February. Calla Frank, So., Minnesota State: Made 115 saves on 127 shots during the month of February, tallying a 3.02 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Andrea Braendli, Jr., Ohio State: Helped the Buckeyes to a 2-0 month with a sweep over Minnesota.
Lacey Eden, Fr., F, Wisconsin (Annapolis, Md.)
Wisconsin's Lacey Eden did not disappoint in her first full month as a Badger as she tied for the league lead among rookies in goals (three), assists (four) and points (seven). She also led the league rookies in February in shots on goal (23) and also plus/minus (+6). The Annapolis, Maryland, native recorded points in four of UW's six games, including multi-point games in comeback wins at Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth. This marks the first WCHA monthly honor of Eden's career.
Honorable Mention: Abbey Murphy, Fr., F, Minnesota: Tied for the lead among WCHA rookies with seven points, three goals, and four assists in six games during February, helping the Gophers to a 2-3-1 overall record. Jamie Nelson, Fr., F, Minnesota State: Led the Mavericks in scoring as a freshman with four points on a pair of goals and assists in February. Jenna Buglioni, Fr., F, Ohio State: Had one assist in Ohio State's only two games of the month, a sweep at Minnesota. Sanni Ahola, Fr., G, St. Cloud State: Went 2-0-0 in the month of February with a .972 save percentage and a 0.97 goals against.
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