BSU's DeGeorge, Bench and Beebe, And OSU's Schepers Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Dec. 15-16, 2017

GoodwoodBBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 19, 2017 – A light weekend of games in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) still produced a bevy of impressive performances – especially by the league's talented freshman class. The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Dec. 15-16, 2017 are: Bemidji State freshman forward Clair DeGeorge and Ohio State freshman forward Liz Schepers (co-Offensive), Bemidji State redshirt-freshman goaltender Lauren Bench (Defensive), and Bemidji State freshman forward Paige Beebe (Rookie).

WCHA Co-Offensive Players of the Week,
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Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F
Bemidji State (Anchorage, Alaska)

player DeGeorge was the nation's top playmaker last weekend, leading the country with four points (matching teammate Paige Peebe) and four assists – including helpers on both game-winning goals – as Bemidji State earned a league sweep of Minnesota State. The freshman from Anchorage, Alaska, helped set up Emma Terres' tiebreaking goal late in the second period Friday, propelling the Beavers to a 4-2 victory. Saturday, DeGeorge recorded a career-high three assists, paving the way for BSU's first, second and fourth goals in a 5-0 triumph. DeGeorge, who was on the ice for five of the Beavers' nine goals, led the nation with a plus-5 rating. This is DeGeorge's first WCHA weekly award of her freshman season.

Liz Schepers, Fr., F
Ohio State (Mound, Minn.)

player Schepers doubled her career goal total over the weekend, lighting the lamp twice to tie for the WCHA and NCAA lead. The freshman from Mound, Minn. tallied her first collegiate game-winning goal in dramatic fashion Friday, scoring with 1:09 left in regulation to snap a 1-1 tie and give No. 7/6 Ohio State a 2-1 road win at Mercyhurst. Saturday, Schepers matched her career high with two points, assisting on a first-period goal and scoring her own to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead entering the third. It took Schepers just three shots to score her two goals (a NCAA-best .667 shooting percentage), while she finished the nonconference road series with a plus-2 rating. This is Schepers' first WCHA weekly award of her rookie campaign.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Gulenchyn, So., F, Minnesota State (scored her second goal of the season Friday, bringing the Mavericks into a 2-2 tie at Bemidji State).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Lauren Bench, RS-Fr., G
Bemidji State (Eagan, Minn.)

player The only goaltender in the country with two wins last week, Bench backstopped Bemidji State to a league sweep of Minnesota State. The redshirt-freshman from Eagan, Minn. turned aside 39-of-41 shots, leading the WCHA with a 1.00 goals-against average (tops in the country) and a .951 save percentage (best nationally among goalies with two starts). Bench opened the series with 19 stops in a 4-2 victory Friday, then recorded her second career shutout with a 20-save effort in Saturday's 5-0 win. This is Bench's first WCHA weekly award of her rookie season.

Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-So., D, Ohio State (posted a two-point weekend, including her first goal of the season, as the No. 7/6 Buckeyes split a nonconference road series at Mercyhurst); McKenzie Sederberg, So., D, Minnesota State (scored her first collegiate goal, which came just 35 seconds into the Mavericks' Friday afternoon game at Bemidji State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Paige Beebe, Fr., F
Bemidji State (Blaine, Minn.)

player Beebe matched her teammate and fellow freshman Clair DeGeorge for the NCAA lead with four points last week, coming off a goal and three assists in Bemidji State's WCHA sweep over Minnesota State. The rookie from Blaine, Minn. opened the weekend by helping set up the game-winning goal in BSU's 4-2 victory Friday, before enjoying a career-high three-point contest in Saturday's series finale. Beebe factored in three of the Beavers' five goals in a 5-0 shutout triumph, assisting on the first and fourth scores, before wrapping up the win with a power-play strike of her own in the third period. This is Beebe's first WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign.

Honorable Mention: Jessica Kondas, Fr., D, Minnesota State (tallied an assist in Friday's game, led the Mavericks with a plus-1 rating and added three blocked shots in the series at Bemidji State); Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (notched two more assists to enter the holiday break tied for the WCHA overall lead, while posting a plus-1 rating as the No. 7/6 Buckeyes' split at Mercyhurst).

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