EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 25, 2016 – A scorer with a prolific weekend and a pair of stellar goaltending efforts highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Oct. 21-23, 2016. The honorees are: Wisconsin senior forward Sarah Nurse (Offensive Player of the Week), Ohio State sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve (Defensive Player of the Week) and St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Janine Alder (Rookie of the Week).
Sarah Nurse, Sr., F
Wisconsina (Hamilton, Ontario)
Nurse enjoyed a career weekend for the top-ranked Badgers, scoring an NCAA-high five goals to help UW earn its first sweep at then-No. 9/10 North Dakota since the 2010-11 season. The senior from Hamilton, Ontario became only the fourth player in school history – and 36th in WCHA annals (53rd occurrence) – to score four goals in a game with her effort in Sunday's series finale. Nurse netted two goals in the first and two more in the third period during a 5-2 Badgers' victory. Her first goal of the weekend was an empty-netter Saturday, sealing a 2-0 UW triumph. She finished the weekend with a WCHA-best 15 shots on goal and a +5 rating that tied for tops nationally. This is Nurse's second career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Emily Antony, So., F, Minnesota State (recorded one goal and one assist in the Mavericks' 2-2 tie Friday against St. Cloud State); Rebekah Kolstad, So., F, North Dakota (scored a goal Sunday against No. 1 Wisconsin and finished the weekend with a stellar .634 face-off percentage); Katerina Mrázová, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth (scored three of the Bulldogs' five goals during No. 3 UMD's three-point weekend, including both in a 2-1 victory Friday over No. 10 Bemidji State); Sarah Potomak, So., F, Minnesota (scored four of the Gophers' five goals, including both game-winners, as No. 2 UMN swept a road series at Ohio State); Emma Terres, Jr., F, Bemidji State (scored two third-period goals Saturday as the No. 10 Beavers rallied for a 3-3 tie at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth).
Kassidy Sauve, RS-So., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ontario)
Sauve continued her terrific start to the season, leading all NCAA goaltenders with 90 saves (on 95 shots) as Ohio State nearly upended No. 2 Minnesota before dropping a pair of one-goal decisions to the back-to-back defending national champions. The redshirt sophomore from Whitby, Ontario made 35 stops on 38 shots in Friday's series opener, keeping OSU tied until the 15:24 mark of the third period in a contest that saw the Gophers hold a 38-18 advantage in shots. Sauve was remarkable on Saturday during a career-high 55-save effort, again keeping the Buckeyes tied into the third period despite being outshot by a 3-to-1 margin for the game (57-to-19). Four of the five goals she allowed were off the stick of 2016 National Rookie of the Year Sarah Potomak, while she finished the series with a .947 save percentage – good for second in the WCHA last weekend. This is Sauve's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her fourth career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).
Honorable Mention: Madison Hutchinson, Sr., D, Bemidji State (was second among WCHA blue-liners with two points last weekend, scoring a goal and tallying an assist at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth); Anna Kilponen, So., D, North Dakota (blocked 12 shots over the weekend and helped the Fighting Hawks' penalty kill finish a perfect 12-for-12 against No. 1 Wisconsin); Patti Marshall, Fr., D, Minnesota (recorded three assists, two blocked shots and a +4 rating as the No. 2 Gophers swept a road series at Ohio State).
Janine Alder, Fr., G
St. Cloud State (Zürich, Switzerland)
Alder was once again outstanding in the Huskies' net, leading the WCHA and ranking fifth nationally with a 0.96 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. The freshman from Zürich, Switzerland stopped 56-of-58 shots on the weekend, helping St. Cloud State to a five-point road weekend at Minnesota State. She made 11 of her 26 saves during the third period and overtime in Friday's series opener and, after the teams skated to a 2-2 tie, she stopped 7-of-8 Minnesota State shootout attempts as the Huskies earned a hard-fought extra league point. Alder then notched her first career shutout in Saturday's series finale, a 30-save effort in a 2-0 SCSU victory. This is Alder's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign.
Honorable Mention: Demi Gardner, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored her first career goal in the Mavericks' 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State on Friday); Ryleigh Houston, Fr., F, North Dakota (recorded an assist and finished with a .538 face-off percentage against No. 1 Wisconsin); Patti Marshall, Fr., D, Minnesota (recorded three assists, two blocked shots and a +4 rating as the No. 2 Gophers swept a road series at Ohio State); Presley Norby, Fr., F, Wisconsin (recorded four assists, including on the game-winning strike, in the No. 1 Badgers' 5-2 victory Sunday at then-No. 9/10 North Dakota).