EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 4, 2015 – For their efforts in helping their respective teams to key league victories – and, for one, a new conference record for consecutive shutouts – the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Oct. 26-Nov 1, 2015 are: North Dakota senior forward Meghan Dufault (Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Sam Cogan (Rookie of the Week).
Meghan Dufault, Sr., F
North Dakota (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Dufault recorded a four-point weekend against then-No. 1 Minnesota, including having a direct hand in three of the four goals in UND's 4-3 win over the Gophers on Oct. 30. The senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba snapped a 1-1 tie Friday by scoring twice in a nine-second span of the second period – the second-quickest two goals by one player in WCHA history. She also assisted on UND's first goal of the stanza as the home team erased a 1-0 deficit en route to the 4-3 victory. Dufault also tallied an assist in the series opener Thursday.
Also nominated: Stephanie Anderson, Sr., F, Bemidji State; Kate Schipper, So., F, Minnesota.
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G
Wisconsin (La Malbaie, Québec)
Desbiens continued her dominance in the Badgers' net, earning her sixth and seventh shutouts of the year as Wisconsin set the new WCHA record with eight-straight blankings during a road sweep at Minnesota State. The junior from La Malbaie, Québec stopped all 16 shots she faced in the Badgers' 6-0 win Friday, before making 18 saves in Saturday's 7-0 triumph. Desbiens has not allowed a goal in the last 440:52, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history (men's or women's), behind only UW legend Jessie Vetter's streak of 448:32, set between Feb. 9 and March 18, 2007. Her goals against average of 0.23 and her save percentage of .985 are the best of all NCAA goalies with more than one start, while Desbiens is one of three goalies this season with a perfect winning percentage.
Also nominated: Ivana Bilic, Sr., D, Bemidji State; Jordan Hampton, Jr., D, North Dakota
Sam Cogan, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Ottawa, Ontario)
Cogan led all WCHA freshmen and ranked third nationally with four points last weekend, collecting a goal with three assists in Wisconsin's road sweep at Minnesota State. The rookie from Ottawa, Ontario scored a power-play goal while adding an assist in UW's 6-0 win Friday and added two more helpers in a 7-0 triumph Saturday. Cogan finished the weekend with a +3 rating.
Also nominated: Emily Bergland, Fr., F, Bemidji State