EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 19, 2016 – The league's leading scorer last weekend, an 80-save goaltender and a clutch freshman highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Jan. 11-17, 2016. The honorees are: Wisconsin sophomore forward Emily Clark (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota State junior goaltender Brianna Quade (Defensive Player of the Week) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Julia Tylke (Rookie of the Week).
Emily Clark, So., F
Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Clark collected a WCHA-high four points last weekend, scoring two goals with a pair of assists during No. 2 Wisconsin's road sweep at then-No. 6 Bemidji State. Friday, she assisted on the game's only goal in the Badgers' 1-0, shutout victory. Saturday, the sophomore from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan enjoyed a two-goal first period – including the game-winner – to propel UW to a 7-1 win and series sweep. Clark finished the weekend with a +4 rating, also tops in the league. She is now tied for eighth in the WCHA with 26 points, while her 1.18 points per game average ranks ninth. This is Clark's second WCHA weekly award of the 2015-16 season and her third career accolade (including one Rookie of the Week honor).
Also nominated: Emily Antony, Fr., F, Minnesota State (tallied two assists and had a +2 rating in MSU's series at No. 3 Minnesota); Becca Kohler, Sr., F, North Dakota (collected three assists, seven shots and two blocks in No. 8 UND's sweep at Minnesota Duluth); Megan Wolfe, Jr., D, Minnesota (led No. 3 UMN with three points on two goals in one assist in a sweep of MSU).
Brianna Quade, Jr., G
Minnesota State (Newcastle, Ontario)
Quade was sensational in the Mavericks' net against the nation's top-ranked offense, accumulating a league-high 80 saves with a .941 save percentage in a pair of one-goal losses at No. 3 Minnesota. The junior from Newcastle, Ontario almost single-handedly kept Minnesota State in both games at Ridder Arena, compiling at least 10 stops in all six periods as the Mavericks were outshot 85-23. She made 32 saves in a 3-2 loss Saturday, including 10 in the third period as Minnesota State nearly rallied with a two-goal stanza. Sunday afternoon, Quade made 48 saves – the most by a WCHA goaltender this season – in an epic performance. She turned aside 18 shots in the first period, 15 in the second and 15 more in the third, allowing the Mavericks to maintain a 1-0 lead through two stanzas before finally succumbing, 2-1 (the Gophers held a 50-8 edge in shots). For the season, Quade ranks second nationally with 682 saves and 1410:39 minutes. This is Quade's first career WCHA weekly award.
Also nominated: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G, Wisconsin (2-0-0, 44 saves, league-best 0.50 GAA and .950 save percentage in No. 2 UW's sweep at No. 6 Bemidji State); Katie Fitzgerald, Sr., G, St. Cloud State (2-0-0, 60 saves, 1.00 GAA and .968 save percentage in SCSU's sweep at Ohio State); Halli Krzyzaniak, Jr., D, North Dakota (five blocked shots, assist on Sunday OT game-winner, helped on perfect penalty kill unit during No. 8 UND's sweep at Minnesota Duluth).
Julia Tylke, Fr., F
St. Cloud State (Delafield, Wisconsin)
Tylke continued her sensational freshman campaign, leading St. Cloud State to a road sweep at Ohio State with a pair of game-winning goals in consecutive 2-1 victories. The rookie from Delafield, Wis. snapped a 1-1 tie with her goal at the 10:26 mark of the second period Friday, giving the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish. In Saturday's series finale, Tylke factored in both SCSU goals, assisting on the game's first score before again breaking a 1-1 deadlock with the game-winning marker just 14 seconds before intermission. She now leads all WCHA rookies with three game-winners on the season, while ranking second with eight goals and 18 points. This is Tylke's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign.
Also nominated: Vilma Tanskanen, Fr., F, North Dakota (scored during No. 8 UND's 4-3 OT win Saturday at Minnesota Duluth, while finishing the weekend with a +1 rating).