UMN's Schammel, BSU's Langei And OSU's Maltais Named WCHA Players of the Week, Powered By Goodwood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Nov. 17-18, 2017

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 21, 2017 – Following a weekend of three tightly-contested league sets, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is proud to recognize the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Nov. 17-18, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota junior forward Nicole Schammel (Offensive), Bemidji State freshman defenseman Mak Langei (Defensive) and Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Nicole Schammel, Jr., F
Minnesota (Red Wing, Minn.)

player Schammel led No. 6 Minnesota to a league sweep over St. Cloud State with a WCHA-best three goals (tied for second nationally). The junior from Red Wing, Minn. netted the Gophers' second goal in a 3-0, series-opening win, then lit the lamp twice in the third period Saturday – including the eventual game-winner – as Minnesota outlasted the Huskies in a 4-3 triumph. Her first goal Saturday gave Minnesota a 3-0 advantage, while her second, on the power play, increased the lead to 4-1. Schammel's three points tied for the WCHA lead last weekend, while her three goals matched her career-best output for a series. This is Schammel's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 campaign and her second career honor, as she also earned a Rookie of the Week nod while with Minnesota State in the 2014-15 season.

Honorable Mention: Julianna Iafallo, Sr., F, Ohio State (tied for the league lead with three points on two goals and an assist, helping the No. 5 Buckeyes to a win and tie at Bemidji State); Sofia Poinar, So., F, Minnesota State (tallied her first two points of the season, scoring a goal and adding an assist, in the Mavericks' series at Minnesota Duluth); Sylvia Marolt, Jr., F, Bemidji State (scored her first two collegiate goals, one each game, to help the Beavers earn two points against No. 5 Ohio State); Emma Yanko, Jr., F, Minnesota Duluth (scored two goals Saturday, including the game-winner, to lead the Bulldogs to a sweep-clinching, 3-2 win over Minnesota State).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Mak Langei, Fr., D
Bemidji State (East Grand Forks, Minn.)

player Langei led Bemidji State, paced WCHA defensemen and was in a five-way tie for the overall league scoring lead with three points (1g-2a) in the Beavers' 0-1-1-1 series against No. 5 Ohio State. An impact player on both ends of the ice during a highly-competitive series, the freshman from East Grand Forks, Minn. also tied for second in the WCHA with six blocked shots. Langei began the weekend with two assists Friday night in a 3-3 tie (BSU eventually won the shootout); then, she scored a goal of her own Saturday to draw the Beavers even, 2-2 (OSU eventually won, 5-4). She finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a +1 rating. This Langei's second WCHA weekly award during her freshman campaign, as she also earned Rookie of the Week honors Oct. 17.

Honorable Mention: Katie Bidulka, Jr., G, Minnesota State (recorded 53 saves, a .914 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against average in two starts at Minnesota Duluth); Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (blocked four shots on the weekend and assisted on the tying goal Saturday, an eventual 5-4 win for the No. 5 Buckeyes at Bemidji State); Sidney Peters, RS-Sr., G, Minnesota (backstopped the No. 6 Gophers to a 3-0 home win Friday over St. Cloud State, making 14 saves in her 13th career shutout).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)

player Maltais once again stepped up for the Buckeyes, totaling 3 points (1g-2a) as No. 5 Ohio State earned a hard-fought four league points on the road at Bemidji State. Her first point of the weekend came from an assist on the game-tying goal in Friday's 3-3 tie (her team-leading ninth helper of the season). The freshman from Burlington, Ontario did her most damage Saturday, scoring the first OSU goal of the day and assisting on the fourth, helping the Buckeyes to a 5-4 victory. Maltais tied for the WCHA freshman scoring lead and was one of five skaters overall in the league with three points, while she also chipped in a pair of blocked shots. This is Maltais' third WCHA weekly award of her freshman season, following Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 10 and Rookie accolades Oct. 24.

Honorable Mention: Emily Brown, Fr., D, Minnesota (scored her first collegiate goal, helping the No. 6 Gophers to a 4-3, sweep-clinching win Saturday over St. Cloud State); Clair DeGeorge, Fr. F, Bemidji State (tied for second on the Beavers and sixth in the WCHA with two points, recording a goal and an assist against No. 5 Ohio State); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (led all WCHA freshmen with a .917 faceoff win percentage, going 11-of-12, while adding an assist and two blocked shots in the Mavericks' series at Minnesota Duluth).