OSU's Field And Schepers, And SCSU's Alder Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Jan. 19-20, 2018

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 16, 2018 – An historic sweep and impressive performances on the outdoor rink of Hockey Day Minnesota were among the many highlights last week in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Jan. 19-20, 2018 are: Ohio State junior forward Maddy Field (Offensive), St. Cloud State sophomore goaltender Janine Alder (Defensive) and Ohio State freshman forward Liz Schepers (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Maddy Field, Jr., F
Ohio State (Oakville, Ontario)

player Field was an offensive spark as Ohio State posted its first-ever sweep of Minnesota, tallying four points on two goals and two assists – including helpers on both game-winners. The junior from Oakville, Ontario logged seven shots on goal in Friday's series-opening, 3-2 victory, while helping set up the tie-breaking, game-winning goal with 3:56 remaining in regulation. She then put on a show during Saturday's contest by once again assisting on the game-winner, before scoring the Buckeyes' third and fifth goals in a 5-1, sweep-clinching triumph. Field finished the series tied for the WCHA scoring lead and tied for tops with a plus-4 rating, while helping the Buckeyes rise to fifth in the national polls (and, in turn, knocking the Gophers from fifth to seventh). This is Field's second WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her third career honor, after earning a Rookie of the Week accolade as a freshman.

Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, Jr., F, Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with three points, while posting a plus-2 rating, as the Beavers became the first team this season to earn a WCHA point against No. 1 Wisconsin); Sophia Shaver, Jr., F, Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with four points and a plus-4 rating, scoring a goal with three assists as the top-ranked Badgers took five points at Bemidji State); Hallie Theodosopoulos, So., F, St. Cloud State (led all WCHA players with three goals, including two and the game-winner Friday, to power the Huskies to an undefeated weekend against Minnesota Duluth).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Janine Alder, So., G
St. Cloud State (Zürich, Switzerland)

player Alder, the newly-minted 2018 Swiss Olympian, helped St. Cloud State to an undefeated weekend by pacing WCHA goaltenders with a .966 save percentage and 57 saves – all while facing a league-high 59 shots. The sophomore from Zürich, Switzerland opened the series by making 36 saves Friday in a 3-2, WCHA league game win over Minnesota Duluth. In a scheduled relief appearance Saturday on Hockey Day Minnesota, Alder stopped all 21 shots she faced to help the Huskies force overtime and preserve a 1-1 tie. Then, she turned aside all six UMD attempts as SCSU earned a dramatic shootout win on the outdoor rink. This is Alder's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her fourth career honor, as she earned three during a WCHA All-Rookie campaign in 2016-17 (one Defensive and two Rookie of the Week accolades).

Honorable Mention: Alexis Joyce, Sr., D, Bemidji State (had two assists and tied for the WCHA lead with eight blocked shots as the Beavers became the first team this season to earn a league point against No. 1 Wisconsin); Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G, Ohio State (backstopped the now-No. 5 Buckeyes to their first-ever sweep of Minnesota, with 54 saves, a .947 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Liz Schepers, Fr., F
Ohio State (Mound, Minn.)

player Ohio State's first-ever sweep of Minnesota featured several impressive performances, but it was the freshman Schepers who netted both game-winning goals – tied for the most among any NCAA skater last week. The rookie from Mound, Minn. scored in dramatic fashion Friday, delivering with just 3:56 remaining in regulation to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Buckeyes to a 3-2 victory. Saturday, Schepers scored the second of two first-period goals for OSU, giving the Bucks a 2-0 lead en route to a 5-1 triumph. For the weekend, she tied for the WCHA rookie lead with her two goals and three points, while her plus-4 rating tied for the best among all league skaters. This is Schepers' second WCHA weekly award of her freshman season, as she was also co-Offensive Player of the Week on Dec. 19.

Honorable Mention: Clair DeGeorge, Fr., F, Bemidji State (tied for the WCHA rookie lead with three points, helping the Beavers become the first team this season to earn a league point against No. 1 Wisconsin); Laura Kluge, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (tied for the WCHA rookie lead with three points as the Huskies enjoyed an undefeated weekend against Minnesota Duluth); Naomi Rogge, Fr., F, Minnesota Duluth (scored in each game, including a Hockey Day Minnesota goal for the Eden Prairie, Minn. native, tying for the WCHA rookie lead); Caitlin Schneider, Fr., F, Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA rookie lead with two goals, scoring once in each game as the No. 1 Badgers took five points on the road at Bemidji State).

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