EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 7, 2017 – The nation's top point-producer and freshman goal-scorer from last week, along with the country's top statistical goaltender during the stretch, highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Feb. 3-4, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota senior forward Kate Schipper (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Maddie Rooney (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Abby Roque (Rookie of the Week).
Kate Schipper, Sr., F
Minnesota (Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
Schipper led No. 4 Minnesota to a road sweep at Minnesota State with a three-goal, three-assist weekend, tying for the NCAA and WCHA lead with six points and 3.00 points-per-game. The senior from Brooklyn Park, Minn. recorded consecutive three-point games, while adding eight shots on goal, one blocked shot and an NCAA-best +6 rating. She opened the weekend with a goal and two assists in the Gophers' 5-0 triumph. In Saturday's series finale, a 5-3 Minnesota victory, Schipper scored the game's first goal 6:50 into the contest, assisted on the eventual game-winner and added her second tally of the game midway through the second period. She was on the ice for seven of the Gophers' 10 goals for the series, while her three goals and six points tied her career highs. This is Schipper's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her career.
Honorable Mention: Emily Clark, Jr., F, Wisconsin (scored an NCAA-best four goals, two each game, to lead the top-ranked Badgers to a road sweep at Bemidji State); Demi Gardner, Fr., F, Minnesota (tallied a goal and assist, while adding four blocked shots, for the Mavericks against No. 4 Minnesota).
Maddie Rooney, So., G
Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)
Rooney backstopped No. 2 Minnesota Duluth to 2-0 and 2-1 victories over visiting North Dakota, leading the WCHA with an 0.50 goals-against average (GAA) and .981 save percentage – both tops among national goaltenders that appeared in two games last week. The sophomore from Andover, Minn. made 24 saves Friday, including 10 in the third period, en route to her fifth shutout of the season. Saturday, the Bulldogs were outshot by the Fighting Hawks, 29-22, but Rooney made 28 stops to secure the 2-1 triumph. North Dakota's goal at 2:36 of the second period snapped her career-best 207:11 scoreless streak. Rooney, who has played an NCAA-high 1690:53 in the UMD net, now ranks sixth nationally with a .943 save percentage, seventh with a .786 winning mark and eighth with a 1.53 GAA. This is Rooney's third WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her career.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Dunne, Jr., D, Ohio State (totaled six blocked shots on the weekend, while scoring the game-tying goal – and assisting on the other – in the Buckeyes' 2-2 tie and shootout victory Saturday vs. St. Cloud State); Anna Fiegert, Sr., D, Minnesota State (tied for the WCHA lead with nine blocked shots against No. 4 Minnesota, while tallying an assist and four shots on goal for the Mavericks); Christa Moody, Sr., D, St. Cloud State (tied for the WCHA lead with nine-blocked shots, while tying for tops among league blue-liners with two points – including the game-winning goal in the Huskies' 3-1 lead Friday at Ohio State).
Abby Roque, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Roque recorded a WCHA-rookie high three points during top-ranked Wisconsin's road sweep at Bemidji State. The freshman from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the Badgers' 6-1 win in Friday's series opener, which marked the 500th victory in UW program history. She was one of four NCAA rookies – and the only from the WCHA – to score two goals last week, while her +3 rating was second-best among league freshmen. This is Roque's third WCHA weekly award of her rookie campaign.
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Freiburger, Fr., F, Ohio State (scored a goal during the Buckeyes' 2-2 tie and shootout win Saturday against St. Cloud State, while adding 16 face-off wins in the contest); Jordan Jackson, Fr., D, Minnesota State (tied for the WCHA lead with four blocked shots for the Mavericks, while adding her first career goal during the series with No. 4 Minnesota).