EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 11, 2016 – The newest member of UMD's century club, a senior goaltender who led her team into the national top-10 and a rookie import quickly making her mark in net highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Oct. 7-8, 2016. The honorees are: Minnesota Duluth senior forward Lara Stalder (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State senior goaltender Brittni Mowat (Defensive Player of the Week) and St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Janine Alder (Rookie of the Week). This week's honorees feature a pair of Swiss national team members in Stalder and Alder.
Lara Stalder, Sr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Stalder figured in six of UMD's nine goals during a weekend sweep of visiting Minnesota State, scoring three and assisting on three others to become the 20th player in school history to reach the career 100-point plateau. The Lucerne, Switzerland native had the first assist on UMD's first two goals en route to a 4-0 victory in Friday's series opener. Saturday afternoon, Stalder netted two goals in the first 9:44 of action, added an assist in the second period and completed her second career hat trick by scoring with 11 seconds remaining in the game. With her second-period helper, Stalder officially joined the UMD century club and now sits at 101 points (35g-68a) in 103 career contests. She finished the weekend with 13 shots and a +5 rating, helping the Bulldogs rise to No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll – UMD's highest ranking since Oct. 31, 2011. This is Stalder's fourth career WCHA weekly award, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Dani Cameranesi, Sr., F, Minnesota (scored a pair of third-period goals to help the No. 2 Gophers rally for a 3-1 win Friday at Bemidji State); Emily Clark, Jr., F, Wisconsin (factored in all three goals with two scores and an assist in No. 1 UW's 3-0 victory Friday over Ohio State); Jordan McLaughlin, So., F, Minnesota State (scored the Mavericks' lone goal Saturday at No. 6/8 Minnesota Duluth, while recording five blocked shots on the weekend); Amy Menke, Sr., F, North Dakota (set a UND record with her sixth career short-handed goal, leading the No. 7/6 Fighting Hawks to a 1-0 win Friday at St. Cloud State); Emma Terres, Jr., F, Bemidji State (tallied two assists and four shots as the host Beavers split with No. 2 Minnesota).
Brittni Mowat, Sr., G
Bemidji State (Glenboro, Manitoba)
Mowat backstopped Bemidji State back into the top-10 of the USCHO.com poll with a 31-save shutout in a 2-0 victory over then-No. 2 Minnesota, part of a 57-stop weekend. The host Beavers scored 1:21 into the contest and, despite getting outshot 31-19, Mowat made the early lead stand by saving five shots in the first period, 16 in the second and 10 more in the third before an empty-netter with 1:08 remaining accounted for the final score. The senior from Glenboro, Manitoba also had a solid outing in Friday's series opener, carrying a 1-0 shutout until the 8:05 mark of the third period and finishing with 26 saves (on 29 shots) in a 3-1 setback. This is Mowat's seventh career WCHA weekly award, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Sr., G, Wisconsin (set the UW record with her 40th career shutout in a 3-0 win Friday, finished the weekend with 21 saves and stopped all three Ohio State shootout attempts Saturday to help the No. 1 Badgers take five-of-six points); Jordan Hampton, Sr., D, North Dakota (helped No. 7/6 UND go a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill, while scoring a power-play goal of her own); Sidney Peters, Rs-Jr., G, Minnesota (made 34 saves on 36 shots, helping the No. 2 Gophers split a road series at Bemidji State); Kassidy Sauve, Rs-So., G, Ohio State (led all NCAA goaltenders with an incredible 81 saves and 85 shots faced, helping the Buckeyes earn a tie in two games at No. 1 Wisconsin).
Janine Alder, G
St. Cloud State (Zürich, Switzerland)
Alder was a brick wall in the St. Cloud State net, stopping 51-of-52 shots – including all 21 she faced in a relief role Saturday – as the Huskies earned a hard-fought split with then-No. 7/6 North Dakota. The freshman from Zürich, Switzerland came into Saturday's game early in the second period and was perfect the rest of the way, making 11 saves in the second period and 10 in the third to lead SCSU to a 3-2 win. Alder was the starting goaltender Friday, keeping the Huskies in the game with 31 saves (on 32 shots), allowing just the lone goal in a 1-0 loss. Her .981 save percentage and 0.62 goals-against average were both tops among NCAA freshman goaltenders last weekend.
Honorable Mention: Jalyn Elmes, D, Minnesota Duluth (netted her first collegiate goal and added her first assist in the No. 6/8 Bulldogs' 4-0 win Friday over Minnesota State); Haley Mack, F, Bemidji State (picked up her first collegiate point with an assist in the Beavers' 2-0 win over No. 2 Minnesota); Annelise Rice, F, North Dakota (scored her first collegiate goal on her only shot of the weekend at St. Cloud State).