BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Nov. 1, 2017 After the first full month of the season, a trio of teams from the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) are nationally ranked while a pair of programs enter November undefeated. All three top-10 teams are represented in the WCHA Players of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for September/October 2017: Wisconsin sophomore Abby Roque (Offensive), Minnesota senior Sydney Baldwin (Defensive), Wisconsin sophomore Kristen Campbell (Goaltender) and Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).
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Abby Roque, So., F
Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Roque has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2017-18 season with a WCHA-high 16 points off four goals and a league-best 12 assists (second-most nationally). Two of her four goals this year are game-winning efforts, while she also has three game-winning helpers, leading Wisconsin to the nation's No. 1 ranking and a 12-0-0 start the second-best in program history. A multi-faceted player, the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. native leads the country with a tremendous plus-15 rating, while her .612 faceoff percentage ranks third in the WCHA among skaters with at least 50 attempts. Roque has also been stellar on special teams, tying for the league lead with five power-play points (1g-4a).
The 2016-17 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Roque has been even better as a sophomore. She has recorded a point in 10 of her 12 contests, including four multi-point efforts. She had a pair of three-assist outings (Sept. 28 vs. Mercyhurst and Oct. 7 at Syracuse), while ending the month on a four-game point streak (capped with helpers in both games as the Badgers earned a sweep at No. 6 Minnesota).
This is Roque's second career WCHA monthly award, after earning Rookie honors in November 2016.
Honorable Mention: Maddy Field, Jr., F, Ohio State (led the WCHA during the opening month with 0.75 goals per game, scoring six along with four assists to help the No. 4 Buckeyes to a program-best 7-0-1 start); Haley Mack, So., F, Bemidji State (tied for second on the Beavers with five points and tied for the team lead with three goals); Jordan McLaughlin, Jr., F, Minnesota State (scored the game-winning goals in both Maverick victories, led the team with seven points and paced WCHA forwards with 14 blocked shots).
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Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D
Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
One of the top two-way players in the WCHA this season, Baldwin ranks among the league and NCAA leaders in several statistical categories. The senior from Minnetonka, Minn. is the WCHA's top-scoring blue-liner and is fourth among all league skaters with 11 points (1g-10a), while finding her name on the scoresheet in seven of 10 games thus far (including a trio of multi-point efforts). Entering November, Baldwin leads all NCAA defensemen in points, assists (10), assists per game (1.00) and blocked shots (34), while she also paces WCHA blue-liners in points per game (1.10 fifth nationally), power-play points (four) and shots on goal (29 second nationally).
Defensively, the Gophers' co-captain anchors a young Minnesota blue line, which is down to five skaters and features two sophomores and a freshman. Baldwin and No. 6 Minnesota have allowed 2.40 goals per game, tied for third in the WCHA for scoring defense. She has also shined on special teams, helping the Gophers' to the WCHA's top power-play unit at 25.9 percent (7-for-27) and the league's second-best penalty kill at 85.2 percent (23-for-27).
This is Baldwin's first career WCHA monthly honor.
Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (helped the No. 4 Buckeyes post four shutouts and open with a 7-0-1 record, collecting 17 blocked shots, five assists and a plus-9 rating); Jalyn Elmes, So., D, Minnesota Duluth (led WCHA blue-liners with two game-winning goals, while posting eight points overall, 12 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating); Megan Hinze, Jr., D, Minnesota State (led Maverick defensemen with three points and 19 shots on goal, while collecting 15 blocked shots and posting a team-best plus-4 rating); Mak Langei, Fr., D, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with 21 blocked shots, while pacing BSU blue-liners with three points); Maddie Rolfes, Sr., D, Wisconsin (has contributed six points offensively and a stellar plus-11 rating, while helping the top-ranked Badgers allow just 1.00 goals per game with a team-best 12 blocked shots).
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Kristen Campbell, So., G
Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
In her first year with the program, Campbell has enjoyed a record start, backstopping the Badgers to the nation's top ranking and becoming the first goaltender to open her Wisconsin career with a perfect 12-0-0 mark. Campbell, who leads all NCAA Division I netminders with a 1.00 goals-against average and 1.000 winning percentage, surpassed the record of eight-straight wins to open a Badger career, previously set by former All-Americans Jessie Vetter and Ann-Renιe Desbiens.
The sophomore, who transferred from North Dakota, also ranks among WCHA and Division I leaders with a .946 save percentage (second in the league, fifth nationally) and three shutouts (second and tied for third). Two of Campbell's wins have come against ranked teams, while the Brandon, Manitoba native has been honored as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week twice. She garnered league accolades after a pair of road wins (including a 1-0 shutout) at Syracuse (Oct. 6-7) and after compiling 41 saves in a pair of one-goal road triumphs at No. 6 Minnesota (Oct. 28-29).
This is Campbell's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Katie Bidulka, Jr., G, Minnesota State (ranked fourth in the WCHA with 146 saves, posting a .901 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average); Kassidy Sauvι, RS-Jr., G, Ohio State (backstopped the Buckeyes to a No. 4 national ranking and program-best 7-0-1 start, posting a 1.36 goals-against average leading the WCHA with 216 saves, a .952 save percentage and four shutouts all among the top-four nationally).
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Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
Maltais has started her collegiate career in style, compiling a WCHA rookie-best 12 points to help Ohio State to a program-best 7-0-1 start and a No. 4 national ranking the highest ranking in school history. The Burlington, Ontario product leads all WCHA freshmen in points, goals (tied with five all even-strength), goals per game (tied at 0.62), assists (seven), assists per game (0.88), points per game (1.50), game-winning goals (tied with two) and plus/minus (+8). Maltais is in the top-six nationally among rookies in all those categories, while her 1.50 points per game mark paces all WCHA skaters.
Ohio State leads the WCHA (and is tied for third nationally) with 3.75 goals per game, and Maltais is a big reason why. She has at least one point in seven of her first eight games, including multi-point efforts against nationally-ranked Minnesota in an Oct. 7 road tie (1g-2a) and Minnesota Duluth in an Oct. 14 home win (1g-1a). In addition to her two game-winning goals, the two-time WCHA Player of the Week has also assisted on the deciding markers in a pair of contests.
Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with six points, tied for third among WCHA rookies with five assists and collected multi-point efforts against nationally-ranked Clarkson and Minnesota); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (the Mavericks' top playmaker, she leads the team with six assists third-best among WCHA rookies while ranking among the top-10 for league freshmen in seven statistical categories); Brette Pettet, Fr., F, Wisconsin (tied for second in the WCHA rookie scoring race with nine points, was second with a plus-7 rating and became the first NCAA player this season to record a hat trick); Naomi Rogge, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (tied for the WCHA freshman lead with five goals, while adding three assists for eight points); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (led WCHA rookies with five power-play goals and was tied for fifth with seven points).