EDINA, Minn. – Dec. 6, 2016 – Following another outstanding weekend in the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), the League's Players of the Week for games of Dec. 2-4, 2016 are: Wisconsin senior forward Sarah Nurse (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota senior forward Kate Schipper (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Ohio State redshirt-sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve (Defensive Player of the Week), and Wisconsin freshman forward Abby Roque (Rookie of the Week).
Sarah Nurse, Sr., F
Wisconsin (Hamilton, Ontario)
Nurse made Wisconsin history Sunday, becoming the first Badger ever to record a hat trick against Minnesota in No. 1 UW's 8-2 victory over the No. 2 Gophers. Skating in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena and for a television audience on FOX Sports Wisconsin and FOX Sports North, Nurse gave the Badgers leads of 1-0 and 4-1 with a pair of first-period goals. The senior from Hamilton, Ontario then capped the hat trick with a goal just 1:54 into the second period, expanding the Wisconsin lead to 5-2. She also added an assist on UW's second goal of the game, matching her career high with four points. With her Sunday output, Nurse led all WCHA skaters in goals and points for the weekend. This is Nurse's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her third career honor.
Kate Schipper, Sr., F
Minnesota (Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
Schipper led No. 2 Minnesota with three points (2g-1a) as the Gophers earned a weekend split at No. 1 Wisconsin. The senior from Brooklyn Park, Minn. scored both of her goals in the Gophers' 2-0, upset victory in Friday's series opener. Schipper's first goal of the game was a memorable one, as not did it give Minnesota a 1-0 lead 17:42 into the second period, but it stood as her 100th career point – making her the 33rd Gopher in program history to reach the plateau. She then added her 101st point with an empty-net goal, sealing the 2-0 victory. Schipper added an assist on Sunday, as she was on the ice for three of Minnesota's four goals in the series and zero goals against. This is Schipper's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Corbin Boyd, So., F, Minnesota State (tied for the team lead with two points, tallying a pair of assists – including on the game-winner – in the Mavericks' 3-2 victory over visiting Bemidji State); Lara Stalder, Sr., F, Minnesota Duluth (tied for second in the WCHA with three points, stemming from a league-high three assists, as the No. 3 Bulldogs swept a road series at St. Cloud State).
Kassidy Sauve, RS-So., G
Ohio State (Whitby, Ontario)
Sauve led Ohio State to a four-point weekend at home against then-No. 9 North Dakota, leading all WCHA goaltenders with 85 saves (most in the NCAA), a .977 save percentage (highest among national goaltenders with two starts last week) and a 0.96 goals-against average (best among NCAA netminders with two starts last week). The redshirt-sophomore from Whitby, Ontario made 42 stops in a 1-1 tie Friday, including a combined 18 in the third period and overtime. In Saturday's 2-1, upset victory for the Buckeyes, Suave turned aside 43 shots as OSU won despite being outshot 44-18. She made 19 saves in the first period as OSU built a 1-0 lead, then made 14 stops in the third stanza as the Buckeyes held on for the win. This is Sauve's third WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her fifth career honor (including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades).
Honorable Mention: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Sr., G, Wisconsin (stopped 55-of-58 shots she faced, posting a .948 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average as the No. 1 Badgers split with visiting No. 2 Minnesota); Brittni Mowat, Sr., G, Bemidji State (posted her 17th career shutout Friday, a 19-save effort in the Beavers' 2-0 win at Minnesota State); Maddie Rooney, So., G, Minnesota Duluth (backstopped the No. 3 Bulldogs to a road seep at St. Cloud State with a shutout, a .941 save percentage and a 1.01 goals-against average); Brianna Quade, Sr., G, Minnesota State (stopped 55-of-59 shots she faced, including 23-of-25 Saturday in the Mavericks' 3-2 win over visiting Bemidji State).
Abby Roque, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Roque played an instrumental role in the top-ranked Badgers' 8-2 win over No. 2 Minnesota on Sunday, as she was on the ice for five of Wisconsin's goals and had a highlight-reel assist that appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter. The freshman from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. led all WCHA skaters with a +5 rating for the weekend, while her .750 face-off percentage (18-for-24) led all players who took more than five face-offs. This is Roque's second WCHA weekly award of her rookie campaign.
Honorable Mention: Samantha Bouley, Fr., F, Ohio State (had an assist and the tie-breaking, game-winning goal in the Buckeyes' 2-1 win over then-No. 9 North Dakota); Sydney Brodt, Fr., D, Minnesota Duluth (tied for the WCHA rookie lead with two points, handing out an assist in both games of the third-ranked Bulldogs' road sweep at St. Cloud State); Sofia Poinar, Fr., F, Minnesota State (led all Maverick rookies with nine face-off wins and a .529 face-off percentage, helping Minnesota State to a split with visiting Bemidji State); Kiki Radke, Fr., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with her first two career goals, adding a +2 rating and helping Bemidji State to a road split at Minnesota State)