BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Oct. 3, 2017 - Impressive efforts were aplenty in the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) during the first full weekend of the 2017-18 season, highlighted by the first WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey: Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota Duluth senior goaltender Jessica Convery (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Brette Pettet. The trio was honored for the games of Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, 2017.
Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Hartland, Wis.)
Skaggs began her collegiate career in impressive fashion, tying for the NCAA lead with three goals and tying for second nationally with four points as Ohio State swept visiting RPI. The freshman from Hartland, Wis. had consecutive two-point outings in the Buckeyes' wins, finishing with three goals and one assist. She scored OSU's first goal of the season in Friday's opener, then tallied the final marker in a 4-1 triumph. Skaggs then picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in Sunday's 4-0 victory, before adding an unassisted score of her own.
Honorable Mention: Jalyn Elmes, So., D, Minnesota Duluth (scored both game-winning goals as the Bulldogs swept visiting Penn State); Alexis Mauermann, So., F, Wisconsin (had a career game Friday night, with a goal and three assists in the Badgers' 5-1 win over visiting Mercyhurst); Jordan McLaughlin, Jr., F, Minnesota State (tallied two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the Mavericks' 4-1, opening-night victory at Lindenwood); Nicole Schammel, RS-Jr., F, Minnesota (recorded four points on two goals and two assists, including a three-point effort in the Gophers' 4-1 victory Sunday over visiting Merrimack); Emma Terres, Sr., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with two points during an undefeated opening weekend, including a goal and assist in a 5-0 win Saturday against visiting Syracuse); Julia Tylke, Jr., F, St. Cloud State (landed on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for her first goal Saturday, before adding another – also in the third period – to tie the game and spark the Huskies' 3-2, comeback win over visiting Connecticut).
Jessica Convery, Sr., G
Minnesota Duluth (Commerce Township, Mich.)
Convery had about as perfect a UMD debut as could be, as the transfer from Mercyhurst authored back-to-back shutouts and the Bulldogs swept visiting Penn State to jump to fourth in the national rankings. The senior from Commerce Township, Mich. stopped all 34 shots she faced on the weekend, becoming the only goaltender in the country to log at least 120 minutes in net without allowing a goal. Convery made 22 saves in a thrilling, 1-0 win in Friday's season opener, making UMD's lone goal stand over the final 58:38 of the game. She then made another 12 stops Saturday, including seven in the third period as the Bulldogs snapped a scoreless tie with three unanswered goals.
Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (backstopped the Badgers to a sweep of Mercyhurst, posting a shutout and a WCHA-high 50 saves over two wins); Erin Deters, Sr., G, Bemidji State (posted a 33-save shutout in her lone start of the weekend, including 15 over the final 25 minutes, helping the Beavers to a scoreless tie Friday vs. Syracuse); Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (played a pivotal role in securing the Buckeyes' 4-0 shutout win Saturday over RPI, blocking three shots and posting a +2 rating); Alex Gulstene, Fr., G, Minnesota (earned her first career win in her first career start with a 14-save effort in the Gophers' 4-1 Sunday win vs. Merrimack, finishing the weekend with 21 total stops); Anna Keys, Sr., D, Minnesota State (led the WCHA with nine blocked shots on the weekend, tied for third amongst blue-liners with a +3 rating and assisted on the game-winning goal in the Mavericks' 4-1 win Friday at Lindenwood).
Brette Pettet, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Kentville, Nova Scotia)
Pettet became the first NCAA hockey player, men's or women's, to record a hat trick this year, as she scored her first three collegiate goals in Wisconsin's 5-1, sweep-clinching victory over Mercyhurst on Friday - a victory that helped propel the Badgers to the top of the national polls. The freshman from Kentville, Nova Scotia tallied the game-winning goal in the second period on a UW power play, before adding a pair of goals in the third to become the 29th Badger with a hat trick. She is also the first UW freshman with a three-goal game since current U.S. Women's National Team member Annie Pankowski collected a hat trick Nov. 11, 2014 against Minnesota State. Pettet's three goals matched fellow WCHA rookie Tatum Skaggs (Ohio State) for most nationally this past weekend.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bench, Fr., G, Bemidji State (made her first collegiate start a spectacular one, posting a 26-save shutout in the Beavers' 5-0 victory Saturday over Syracuse); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (ranked in the top-seven among WCHA freshmen in five categories, including tied for second with two assists and seventh with a +2 rating as the Mavericks went 1-0-1 at Lindenwood); Laura Kluge, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (notched her first collegiate multi-point game in Saturday's 3-2, comeback win, assisting on the game-tying goal in the third period before scoring the game-winner – her first SCSU goal – for the Huskies); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (scored a power-play goal in each contest, including Sunday's game-winner, as the Gophers split with visiting Merrimack).