BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 24, 2017 – A trio of playmakers, all of whom helped their teams to impressive women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) road sweeps, highlight the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Oct. 20-21, 2017. The honorees are: Ohio State junior forward Maddy Field (Offensive), Minnesota sophomore defenseman Patti Marshall (Defensive) and Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).
Maddy Field, Jr., F
Ohio State (Oakville, Ontario)
Field was the offensive catalyst as No. 4 Ohio State swept a road series at St. Cloud State, posting consecutive one-goal, one-assist games and tying for the WCHA lead with four points. The junior from Oakville, Ontario factored in both game-winning goals in a pair of 4-0 Buckeye victories, assisting on the opening tally Friday and scoring herself Saturday. She also scored the second OSU goal in the series opener and assisted on the third marker Saturday. Field now has a goal in four-consecutive games and a point in five-straight contests, while her six markers overall are tied for second in the WCHA (tied for fourth nationally). This is Field's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her second career honor, after earning a Rookie of the Week accolade as a freshman.
Honorable Mention: Claudia Kepler, Sr., F, Wisconsin (scored a WCHA-best three goals, including a pair Saturday, as the No. 1 Badgers swept visiting Bemidji State); Caitlin Reilly, Sr., F, Minnesota (tied for the WCHA lead with three goals and four points, while finishing with a plus-4 rating as the now-No. 6 Gophers swept a road series at then-No. 8 Minnesota Duluth).
Patti Marshall, So., D
Minnesota (Thief River Falls, Minn.)
Marshall had an impact on both ends of the ice, collecting three timely assists, four blocked shots and a WCHA-best plus-5 rating in No. 6 Minnesota's road sweep at then-No. 8 Minnesota Duluth. In the Gophers' 2-1, comeback win in Saturday's series finale, Minnesota trailed 1-0 into the third period, before Marshall set up the tying and game-winning goals with shots from the point. The sophomore from Thief River Falls, Minn. also assisted on the eventual game-winning goal midway through the second period Friday, as the Gophers went up 2-0 en route to a 4-1 triumph. Marshall's three points tied for the WCHA scoring lead among defensemen and ran her point streak to five games; for the season, she is seventh nationally among blue-liners with 1.12 points per game. This is Marshall's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (earned two more wins in the top-ranked Badgers' sweep of Bemidji State, in the process becoming the first UW goaltender to win her first nine starts with the team); Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (contributed three blocked shots, a plus-4 rating and two assists as the No. 4 Buckeyes posted back-to-back shutouts at St. Cloud State).
Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
Maltais continued to show her scoring prowess, leading WCHA rookies with two goals and three points as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes picked up a road sweep at St. Cloud State. The freshman from Burlington, Ontario scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 4-0 victory, before tallying a two-point effort (one goal and one assist) in Saturday's identical 4-0 triumph. Maltais ranks third among all NCAA freshmen with 12 points (tops in the WCHA) and is tied for third among all NCAA freshmen with five goals (tied for first in the league). This is Maltais' second WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign, after earning Offensive Player of the Week accolades Oct. 10.
Honorable Mention: Natalie Buchbinder, Fr., D, Wisconsin (scored her first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner, while adding an assist for her first multi-point effort in the top-ranked Badgers' 5-1 win over Bemidji State on Saturday).