BSU's Bergland, And SCSU's Polusny And Kluge Named Players of the Week, Powered By GoodWood Hockey
Trio earns accolades for games of Jan. 2-6, 2018

GoodwoodBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 9, 2018 – The opening week of 2018 in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) brought with it a return of outstanding individual performances. The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for games of Jan. 2-6, 2018 are: Bemidji State junior forward Emily Bergland (Offensive), St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Emma Polusny (Defensive) and St. Cloud State freshman forward Laura Kluge (Rookie).

WCHA Offensive Player of the Week,
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Emily Bergland, Jr., F
Bemidji State (Thief River Falls, Minn.)

player Bergland almost single-handedly lifted Bemidji State to a 2-1, overtime triumph last Tuesday (Jan. 2) against Mercyhurst, a victory that gave the Beavers a program-record six-game winning streak. With BSU trailing, 1-0 past the midpoint of the second period, the junior scored an unassisted, power-play goal to tie the game. Then, with the game still knotted at 1-1 into overtime, Bergland buried the game-winner with 2:45 remaining in the extra session. The Thief River Falls, Minn. native finished the two-game nonconference series with six shots on goal and a plus-1 rating. This is Bergland's first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her second career honor.

Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored a power-play goal Saturday at St. Cloud State, increasing her team-leading season point total to 15); Hallie Theodosopoulos, So., F, St. Cloud State (notched a three-point weekend and tied for the WCHA lead with a plus-5 rating during the Huskies' sweep of visiting Minnesota State, assisting on the game-winning goal Friday and scoring the decisive tally Saturday); Grace Zarzecki, Jr., F, Ohio State (scored on a penalty shot, while tallying nine shots on goal and a plus-1 rating as the No. 8 Buckeyes split with Penn State).

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week,
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Emma Polusny, Fr., G
St. Cloud State (Mound, Minn.)

player Polusny was stellar in the Huskies' net, backstopping St. Cloud State to a league sweep of Minnesota State. The freshman boasted a 0.50 goals-against average, two wins, 56 saves, a .982 save percentage and a shutout – all of which topped WCHA goaltenders. Polusny's GAA and save percentage were the best nationally among netminders with at least two starts last week, while she was one of six Division I goalies with a shutout. The Mound, Minn. native opened the series with 23 saves in a 5-0 victory, which marked her third shutout of the season (all in a four-start span), which tied the SCSU single-season record. Polusny then followed up by stopping 33-of-34 shots in a 3-1 triumph Saturday, including 14 saves in the third period. This is Polusny's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman season, including a Rookie of the Week accolade Dec. 5.

Honorable Mention: Tina Kampa, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted a plus-2 rating and had two blocked shots in the Beavers' nonconference split with Mercyhurst); Kassidy Sauvé, RS-Jr., G, Ohio State (earned her sixth shutout of the year, tying for the WCHA lead, with a 24-save effort in a 2-0 win Saturday over Penn State); Emma Wittchow, Sr., D, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks and tied for third in the WCHA with four blocked shots in a series at St. Cloud State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week,
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Laura Kluge, Fr., F
St. Cloud State (Berlin, Germany)

player Kluge registered a WCHA-best four points (1g-3a) in St. Cloud State's sweep of Minnesota State, second-most nationally by a rookie skater. The freshman from Berlin, Germany notched a pair of back-to-back multi-point efforts, including the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-0 victory. She also assisted on the Huskies' third goal in that contest, while notching a pair of helpers in Saturday's 3-1 triumph. Like her point total, Kluge's three helpers also led the WCHA and were second-best nationally for a freshman. This is Kluge's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign.

Honorable Mention: Brittyn Fleming, Fr., F, Minnesota State (scored a power-play goal Saturday at St. Cloud State, increasing her team-leading season point total to 15); Tatum Skaggs, Fr., F, Ohio State (tallied her lone point of the weekend by assisting on the game-winning goal Saturday, helping the No. 8 Buckeyes to a 2-0 victory and a nonconference split with Penn State); Kara Werth, Fr., D, Bemidji State (posted a plus-2 rating and tied for the team lead with two points, including an assist on last Tuesday's overtime game-winner, as the Beavers earned a nonconference split with Mercyhurst).

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