BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 4, 2017 – The first two months of the season in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has seen a trio of teams hold steady in the top-10 of the national rankings. All three schools are represented, including three repeat winners, in the WCHA Players of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for November 2017: Wisconsin sophomore Alexis Mauermann (Offensive), Minnesota senior Sydney Baldwin (Defensive), Wisconsin sophomore Kristen Campbell (Goaltender) and Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (Rookie).
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Alexis Mauermann, So.
Wisconsin (Janesville, Wis.)
Wisconsin held on to the nation's No. 1 ranking throughout November, going 5-1-0 overall and after posting four wins over top-10 teams – and Mauermann was a big reason why. The sophomore from Janesville, Wis. led the WCHA last month with 0.83 goals per game and ranked second with 1.33 points per contest, scoring five times and handing out three assists for eight points in six games. A clutch performer, Mauermann factored in three game-winning goals – scoring two herself and assisting on another. She also led the WCHA with a .333 shooting percentage, needing just 15 shots to score her five goals.
Mauermann tallied a point in all six November games and a goal in four outings. She opened the month by earning WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for a four-point weekend (2g-2a) against then-No. 4 Ohio State, including a two-goal effort in the series opener (a 7-0 UW win) and the game-winner in the finale (a 3-1 triumph). In the Badgers' road sweep at then-No. 7 Cornell, she scored a power-play goal in the first game (a 3-0 win) and assisted on the third-period game-winner in the second contest (a 2-1 victory). The forward wrapped up her month with an assist against Northeastern and the game-winning goal against Boston University at the D1 in D.C. tournament. Mauermann posted a plus-7 rating in November, tied for fourth-best in the WCHA.
This is Mauermann's first career WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Corbin Boyd, Jr., Minnesota State (led the Mavericks with four assists, six points and 48 face-off wins, while tying for the team lead with two goals); Sophie Skarzynski, Jr., Minnesota (led the WCHA with 12 points, 11 assists, 1.38 assists per game and four power-play points, helping the No. 6 Gophers go 8-0-0); Emma Terres, Sr., Bemidji State (led the Beavers to a 3-2-1 month with a team-best six points, scoring three goals with three assists and a plus-2 rating).
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Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D
Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Baldwin's all-around excellence helped No. 6 Minnesota finish November a perfect 8-0-0 – the only NCAA Division I program to go undefeated last month. The senior from Minnetonka, Minn. led WCHA defensemen with three goals, 0.38 goals per game, one power-play goal and a plus-12 rating, while she was second with seven points (3g-4a) and tied for third with 16 blocked shots. The veteran of a young Gopher defensive corps, Baldwin helped Minnesota hold opponents to just 1.62 goals per game in November and a WCHA-best plus-2.38 goal differential.
Minnesota's co-captain had at least one point in six of eight November games, as the Gophers won all four WCHA games and all six road contests en route to a perfect month. Baldwin had a pair of points (1g-1a) in a sweep at Minnesota State (Nov. 3-4), a two-point effort (1g-1a) in a 4-3 win at St. Cloud State (Nov. 18) and scored a goal in a 4-3, overtime victory at Lindenwood (Nov. 25). She also assisted on a pair of game-winning goals: Nov. 11 at Mercyhurst (a 5-2 victory) and Nov. 25 at Lindenwood (a 3-1 triumph). An integral part of Minnesota's special teams play, she helped the Gophers to the WCHA's top power-play unit at 24.2 percent (8-for-33) and the league's second-best penalty kill at 92.0 percent (23-for-25) during November.
This is Baldwin's second consecutive – and second career – WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Boyle, Jr., Ohio State (led the No. 5 Buckeyes with seven assists and tied for the team lead with nine points, while contributing eight blocked shots); Jordan Jackson, So., Minnesota State (led Maverick defensemen with two goals – tied for third among WCHA blue-liners – two assists and four points, while adding 12 blocked shots); Alexis Joyce, Sr., Bemidji State (led the Beavers with 12 blocked shots, added a plus-4 rating and tied for ninth among WCHA defensemen with three points on a game-winning goal and two assists).
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Kristen Campbell, So., G
Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Campbell enjoyed another stellar month in net, picking up four wins against ranked opponents and leading No. 1 Wisconsin to a 5-1-0 mark. The sophomore from Brandon, Manitoba ranked second in the WCHA with a 1.35 goals-against average, .938 save percentage, five wins and one shutout in November – all good for the top-10 nationally.
Wisconsin's – and Campbell's – run of four-straight victories against top-10 opponents began with a 7-0 shutout of then-No. 4 Ohio State on Nov. 4. She made 21 saves in a 3-1 triumph over the Buckeyes the next day, before tallying 21 more stops in another 3-1 victory, this time at then-No. 7 Cornell on Nov. 7. Campbell clinched the Badgers' sweep with arguably her best effort of the month, turning aside 26-of-27 shots and holding the Big Red off the scoreboard for 59:47 in a 2-1 victory. She then made 38 stops during the D1 in D.C. tournament, including 23 in a 4-2 win over Boston University.
This is Campbell's second-consecutive – and second career – WCHA monthly award.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Convery, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (led the WCHA with six wins and 421:25 in net, while ranking third with aa 1.71 goals-against average and .932 save percentage as the Bulldogs went 6-1-0); Sidney Peters, RS-Sr., Minnesota (led the WCHA with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage, winning all four of her November starts for the No. 6 Gophers).
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Emma Maltais, Fr., F
Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
In a month that saw No. 5 Ohio State play six road games and four contests against top-10 teams, Maltais responded by upping her game as well, repeating as WCHA Rookie of the Month. The freshman from Burlington, Ontario tied for the team lead and ranked second among WCHA rookies (tied for fourth nationally) with nine points, tallying three goals and six assists. The Buckeyes finished the month 4-3-1, including a 3-2-1-0 mark in WCHA play.
Maltais tallied at least one point in six of eight November games, including each of the last five contests. She picked up an assist Nov. 5 at top-ranked Wisconsin, scored the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory Nov. 11 over Minnesota State and earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors following a three-point effort (1g-2a) during a four-point road weekend at Bemidji State (Nov. 17-18). Maltais ended the month with four points (1g-3a) in a road series at No. 9 Robert Morris, picking up two assists in a 7-3 victory Nov. 24 and a goal and helper in a 3-2, overtime loss Nov. 25.
Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (led Maverick rookies with two goals, three assists and five points – good for a tie for seventh among WCHA freshmen); Mak Langei, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted a team-best plus-5 rating, compiled 10 blocked shots and led Beavers blue-liners with four points on a goal and three assists); Naomi Rogge, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (led the Bulldogs to a 6-1-0 month with a WCHA rookie-best plus-9 rating, while tallying seven points on four goals and three assists); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (led WCHA rookies with 10 points, eight assists, 1.25 points per game, 1.00 assists per game, four power-play points and 38 shots on goal, helping the No. 6 Gophers go 8-0-0).