UMN's Skarzynski, UMD's Convery And OSU's Skaggs Named Players of the Week, Powered By Goodwood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Nov. 22-26, 2017

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. Nov. 21, 2017 A week of nonconference games and East Coast tournaments produced some memorable performances throughout the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Nov. 22-26, 2017 are: Minnesota junior forward Sophie Skarzynski (Offensive), Minnesota Duluth senior goaltender Jessica Convery (Defensive) and Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Sophie Skarzynski, Jr., F
Minnesota (Lake Forest, Ill.)

player Skarzynski played a set-up role to perfection, leading the country with six assists (and tying for the NCAA lead with six points) to help No. 6 Minnesota to a nonconference road sweep at Lindenwood. The junior from Lake Forest, Ill. was on the ice for six of the Gophers' seven goals, while tallying seven shots on goal and a plus-3 rating. She assisted on all three Minnesota goals Friday, as the Gophers scored three unanswered to rally for a 3-1 win. Saturday, Skarzynski had a helper on the Gophers' first, third and fourth goals in a 4-3, overtime victory. Lindenwood tied the game twice, but Skarzynski set up the go-ahead goal and the OT game-winner (on the power play). This is Skarzynski's first career WCHA weekly award.

Honorable Mention: Corbin Boyd, Jr., F, Minnesota State (scored one goal and assisted on another in the Mavericks' D1 in D.C. Tournament game against Boston University); Laura Kluge, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (became the first SCSU rookie with multiple three-point outings since 2006-07, with a goal and two assists in the Huskies' 4-0 win over Bemidji State); Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (led the team with four points as the fifth-ranked Buckeyes earned a road split at No. 9 Robert Morris); Abby Roque, So., F, Wisconsin (recorded three points during the D1 in D.C. Tournament, including two assists as the top-ranked Badgers defeated Boston University).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Jessica Convery, Sr., G
Minnesota Duluth (Commerce Township, Mich.)

player Convery backstopped Minnesota Duluth to the Windjammer Classic title, stopping 49-of-51 shots as the Bulldogs upset No. 2 Colgate and defeated host Vermont. One of only three goaltenders in the country with two wins last week, she led the WCHA with a .961 save percentage (her 1.00 goals-against average was tops among league goalies with two starts). Facing a Colgate team that entered the game ranked fourth among D-I schools by averaging 3.86 goals per game, Convery turned aside 25-of-26 shots and pitched a shutout for the first 59:37 of a 4-1, UMD victory. The senior from Commerce Township, Mich. then made 25 saves in the tournament championship against the Catamounts, keeping the Bulldogs tied at 1-1 until Emma Yanko's game-winner with 1:38 remaining in regulation. This is the second WCHA weekly award this season for Convery, who is in her first campaign in the league.

Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (led the WCHA with nine blocked shots, while assisting on three goals as the No. 5 Buckeyes split a road series at No. 9 Robert Morris); Jordan Jackson, So., D, Minnesota State (scored a goal and blocked four shots during the Mavericks' run at the D1 in D.C. Tournament); Olivia Knowles, Fr., D, Minnesota (tied for second among league rookies with a career-best three-point weekend, scoring three goals including the OT winner Sunday as No. 6 Minnesota swept Lindenwood).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F
Ohio State (Hartland, Wis.)

player Skaggs opened a showdown of conference leaders with the best game of her young collegiate career, netting three goals including the game-winner to help No. 5 Ohio State to a 7-3 road win at No. 9 Robert Morris. The freshman from Hartland, Wis. scored in each period, lighting the lamp on the power play late in the first period, tallying another power-play marker in the second stanza and scoring an unassisted goal in the third. Based on her first collegiate hat trick, Skaggs tied for the goal-scoring lead among all NCAA freshmen last week. This is the third WCHA weekly award of Skaggs' rookie season, including one Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Honorable Mention: Ashton Bell, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (had a three-point weekend, including a goal and assist in UMD's upset of No. 2 Colgate, helping the Bulldogs win the Windjammer Classic title); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (recorded an assist in each of the Mavericks' games at the D1 in D.C. Tournament, while tallying eight shots on goal); Olivia Knowles, Fr., D, Minnesota (tied for second among league rookies with a career-best three-point weekend, scoring three goals including the OT winner Sunday as No. 6 Minnesota swept Lindenwood).

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