BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 26, 2018 – The beginning of postseason play in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) brought with it some incredible individual performances. The WCHA Players of the Week, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, for the 2018 WCHA Quarterfinals are: Ohio State junior forward Maddy Field (Offensive), Ohio State junior blueliner Lauren Boyle (Defensive) and Bemidji State freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy (Rookie).
Maddy Field, Jr., F
Ohio State (Oakville, Ontario)
Field was a scoring machine this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink, lighting the lamp a NCAA-best five times to help nationally fifth-ranked Ohio State sweep Minnesota State and secure its first WCHA Final Faceoff appearance since 2013. The junior from Oakville, Ontario opened the WCHA Quarterfinals series with her first career hat trick in the Buckeyes' 6-0 win Friday. She followed that with a two-goal performance in Saturday's 5-2 triumph, scoring the game's first goal and netting a third-period marker to put OSU up, 4-1. Field scored on five of her 12 shots on the weekend and posted a plus-5 rating, second-best in the WCHA last weekend. This is Field's third WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and her fourth career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, Jr., F, Bemidji State (tied for the team lead with three points, assisting on Friday's game-winner and scoring Sunday's winner as the Beavers upset Minnesota Duluth in three games); Jordan McLaughlin, Jr., F, Minnesota State (tallied her team-leading ninth goal of the season Saturday at No. 5 Ohio State, while contributing four blocked shots for the Mavericks); Nicole Schammel, Jr., F, Minnesota (led the nationally seventh-ranked Gophers to a sweep of St. Cloud state with three points and a plus-3 rating).
Lauren Boyle, Jr., D
Ohio State (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Boyle excelled on both ends of the ice as No. 5 Ohio State swept Minnesota State in the WCHA Quarterfinals. The junior from Eden Prairie, Minn. finished the weekend tied for the WCHA overall scoring lead with five points (1g-4a) and a plus-6 rating – both tops among NCAA blueliners – while her defensive effort helped the Buckeyes allow only two goals. Boyle collected a goal and an assist in Friday's 6-0 win, then followed up with a three-assist performance Saturday as the Buckeyes punched their ticket to the WCHA Final Faceoff for the first time since 2013. This is Boyle's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Alexis Joyce, Sr., D, Bemidji State (posted a league-best 14 blocked shots, while tallying two assists – including on Friday's game-winning goal – as the Beavers upset Minnesota Duluth in three games); Anna Keys, Sr., D, Minnesota State (tied for the team lead and third in the WCHA with six blocked shots, while also adding an assist in the Mavericks' series at No. 5 Ohio State); Sidney Peters, RS-Sr., G, Minnesota (backstopped the No. 7 Gophers to a sweep of St. Cloud State, with 40 saves, a .952 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average).
Kerigan Dowhy, Fr., G
Bemidji State (The Pas, Manitoba)
Making her postseason debut, Dowhy led Bemidji State to a WCHA Quarterfinals upset over host Minnesota Duluth with 68 saves, a .932 save percentage and a 1.68 goals-against average. The freshman from The Pas, Manitoba began the series by stopping 29-of-30 shots Friday in a 2-1, Game 1 BSU victory. The Beavers fell, 4-1, in Game 2, but Dowhy responded with her first collegiate shutout in Sunday's win-or-go-home Game 3. Dowhy made 24 saves in the 3-0 victory, including nine in the third period as BSU extended a 1-0 lead to the three-goal final with a pair of strikes in the final three minutes. This is Dowhy's second-consecutive Rookie of the Week accolade, the first two WCHA weekly awards of her career.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Kondas, Fr., D, Minnesota State (ranked second among WCHA rookies with six blocked shots in the Mavericks' series at No. 5 Ohio State); Amanda Zeglen, Fr., G, Ohio State (backstopped the No. 5 Buckeyes to a sweep of Minnesota State, posting her first collegiate shutout, along with 50 saves, a .962 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average); Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (scored a goal and posted a plus-3 rating in the No. 7 Gophers' sweep of St. Cloud State).