BSU's Mack And Joyce, And UMN's Zumwinkle Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Dec. 8-9, 2017

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. Dec. 12, 2017 A trio of players that led the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in scoring for their respective positions or class years are honored as the WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Dec. 8-9, 2017: Bemidji State sophomore forward Haley Mack (Offensive), Bemidji State senior defenseman Alexis Joyce (Defensive) and Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Haley Mack, So., F
Bemidji State (East Grand Forks, Minn.)

player Mack tied for the WCHA lead (and tied for fourth among all D1 skaters last week) by posting five points on three goals and two assists, helping Bemidji State to a nonconference road sweep of visiting RIT. The sophomore from East Grand Forks, Minn. began the weekend with her first career multi-goal game in Friday's 5-2 victory, scoring twice including the game-winner while also notching an assist. She then added an assist and her league-leading second shorthanded goal of the season in Saturday's 3-1 triumph. For the series, Mack scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal and had the shorthanded marker, while tying for the WCHA lead with a plus-4 rating. She also led the league with 15 shots on net as the Beavers ran their winning streak to three-straight games. This is Mack's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her second career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.

Honorable Mention: Hannah Davidson, Sr., F, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks in scoring during a nonconference split with Lindenwood, scoring two goals with one assist); Nicole Schammel, RS-Jr., F, Minnesota (tied for the WCHA lead with five points on two goals and three assists, while posting a plus-4 rating as the No. 6 Gophers earned four points against Minnesota Duluth); Sophia Shaver, Jr., F, Wisconsin (recorded three points, on a goal and two assists, during the No. 1 Badgers' 3-0 win Saturday at St. Cloud State).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Alexis Joyce, Sr., D
Bemidji State (Lakeville, Minn.)

player Joyce led WCHA blue-liners, and ranked second nationally, with four points including an NCAA defenseman-best three goals in Bemidji State's nonconference road sweep of visiting RIT. The senior from Lakeville, Minn. netted a pair of goals, along with an assist, in a 5-2 victory in Friday's series opener. She then tallied the game-winning marker Saturday, leading the Beavers to a 3-1 triumph. Joyce tied for fourth overall in WCHA scoring last weekend, while she posted a plus-2 rating, five shots on goal and four blocked shots. This is Joyce's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her sixth career honor, including three Rookie of the Week accolades.

Honorable Mention: Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (the only WCHA goaltender with two wins and the only NCAA netminder with two shutouts, stopping all 32 shots she faced as the No. 1 Badgers picked up a road sweep at St. Cloud State); Jessica Kondas, Fr., D, Minnesota State (notched her first career goal, scoring at the 13:40 mark of the third period in Friday's 5-4 win over Lindenwood to tie the game at 4-4).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F
Minnesota (Excelsior, Minn.)

player Zumwinkle was the WCHA's top freshman scorer last week, while she paced all NCAA rookies with 2.50 points per game and 1.00 goals per contest. The Excelsior, Minn. native collected five points matching two others for best among all WCHA skaters and tied for fourth overall in D1 on two goals and three assists. While also leading WCHA rookies in points, goals, assists, assists per game (1.50) and power-play points (one), Zumwinkle posted a plus-3 rating and helped No. 6 Minnesota take four-of-six league points from in-state rival Minnesota Duluth. She factored in all three Gophers goals in a 3-3 tie Friday, assisting on the first and third tallies and scoring the second marker herself. In Minnesota's 5-0 win Saturday, she added a helper and scored another goal, her 11th of the season. All told, Zumwinkle was on the ice for six of the Gophers' eight goals in the series.

Honorable Mention: Ashton Bell, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (factored in all three third-period Bulldog goals, including scoring the final two, as UMD rallied for a 3-3 tie Friday at No. 6 Minnesota); Kerigan Dowhy, Fr., G, Bemidji State (made a career-high 32 saves to help the Beavers defeat RIT, 3-1, Saturday and finish a nonconference home sweep); Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored the game-winning goal in the Mavericks' 5-4, comeback win over Lindenwood on Friday, part of a career-high two-point effort).

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