BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 10, 2017 – A trio of fantastic underclassmen from the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), each of whom continued their hot starts to the season, are honored as the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Oct. 5-8, 2017: Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Offensive), Wisconsin sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell (Defensive) and Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (Rookie).
Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
Maltais produced four points last weekend on a goal and three assists, playing a key role in Ohio State posting a five-point road weekend at then-No. 4 Minnesota, a 1-0-1-1 effort that vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 7 in the national rankings. The freshman from Burlington, Ontario, picked up the secondary assist on Charly Dahlquist's tiebreaking, game-winning goal Friday, a strike that gave OSU its first win over the Gophers since Oct. 20, 2007 and its first victory at Ridder Arena since Jan. 12, 2007. She then ignited the Buckeyes' comeback from an early 2-0 deficit in Saturday's finale with a first-period goal, before assisting on two other scores in an eventual 5-5 tie. Maltais' four points and three assists each tied for the WCHA lead, while her helpers were the most nationally last weekend by a rookie skater.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Jackson, So., D, Minnesota State (scored her first goal of the season Sunday, a power-play strike in the Mavericks' contest against No. 9 Robert Morris on Sunday); Haley Mack, So., F, Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with two points one goal and one assist, as the Beavers dropped a pair of tightly-contested games at No. 2 Clarkson); Abby Roque, So., F, Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with four points and three assists as the top-ranked Badgers swept host Syracuse, while scoring the game's only goal in UW's 1-0 triumph Friday).
Kristen Campbell, So., G
Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Campbell, a transfer from North Dakota, had a third-straight stellar weekend in the Wisconsin net, helping the top-ranked Badgers to a road sweep at Syracuse with 36 saves and a shutout. The sophomore from Brandon, Manitoba picked up her NCAA-leading third clean sheet of the season with a 20-stop effort in the Badgers' 1-0 victory Friday, including eight saves in the final period. She then turned aside 16-of-18 shots Saturday in a 5-2 triumph, finishing the weekend by leading the WCHA with two wins, a 1.00 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. This is Campbell's first career WCHA Weekly Award.
Honorable Mention: Dani Sadek, Sr., D, Ohio State (contributed a goal and an assist during the Buckeyes' five-point weekend at then-No. 4/5 Minnesota, while logging five blocked shots); Emma Wittchow, Sr., D, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks and was tied for second in the WCHA with nine blocked shots, while finishing with a +1 rating for the weekend against No. 9 Robert Morris).
Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F
Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)
Skaggs continued a red-hot start to her collegiate career, tying for the WCHA lead with two goals and four assists during a huge weekend for the Ohio State program. When the Buckeyes ended their 10-year victory droughts against then-No. 4/5 Minnesota and at Ridder Arena with a 3-2 victory Friday, it was Skaggs with the primary assist on Charly Dahlquist's tiebreaking, game-winning goal in the third period. Saturday, the freshman from Hartland, Wis. factored in three OSU goals in a 5-5 tie, then added a shootout goal to help the Buckeyes earn an extra point. During regulation, she scored in the first period to tie the game 2-2, scored again late in the second to knot the contest at 4-4, then assisted on a third-period, power-play goal that briefly put OSU on top, 5-4. This is Skaggs' second WCHA weekly award in as many weeks in the league, having earned Offensive Player of the Week accolades following her debut weekend.
Honorable Mention: Ashton Bell, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (scored a power-play goal in both games at No. 3 Boston College, finding the back of the net on half her shots on goal); Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with two points, on an assist and her first career goal, in the Beavers' series at No. 2 Clarkson); Tristen Truax, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored her first collegiate goal Sunday against No. 9 Robert Morris, while finishing the weekend with a +1 rating).