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October 20, 2010
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OSU's McIntosh & Allis, BSU's McElhinney, UND's Slavin Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week
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WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Laura McIntosh - Jr., F
Ohio State University

photoJunior Laura McIntosh, who tied the Ohio State University women's hockey record for points in a game with five last Saturday and produced six scoring points overall in the series to help lead the host Buckeyes to a two-game conference sweep over St. Cloud State, is the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 20, 2010.

From Waterloo, Ont., McIntosh became just the fifth Buckeye to have five points in a game on Oct. 16. After setting up the opening goal in Ohio State's 3-1 victory over SCSU last Friday, McIntosh had an offensive outburst the second game of the series with a three-goal hat trick and two assists. The assistant captain scored three of the first four goals for her second career hat trick and then assisted on the last two goals in OSU's 6-1 win.

McIntosh also extended her point-scoring streak to 12 games, carrying it over from the end of the 2009-10 season. It is the third-longest point-scoring streak in team history. Through four games this season, she already has 10 points with five goals and five assists and she is only six points away from 100 career points after collecting 26 goals and 68 assists in 77 games at OSU.

Also nominated for the award were: Erin Cody, F, BSU; Elin Holmlov, F, UMD, and Sara Dagenais, F, UND.

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Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Alana McElhinney - Jr., G, Bemidji State
Jordan Slavin - So., D, North Dakota

photoTwo players who turned in strong performances last weekend goaltender Alana McElhinney of Bemidji State University and defender Jordan Slavin of the University of North Dakota have been named WCHA co-Defensive Players of the Week for Oct. 20, 2010.

Making a career-high 56 saves last Saturday (Oct. 16), McElhinney backstopped host Bemidji State to its first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team as they defeated Mercyhurst, 5-3 in just the second women's game ever played at the new Bemidji Regional Event Center. She came through huge between the pipes for BSU, with 16 saves in the first period, 19 in the second and 21 in the third, made numerous odd-man-rush stops and also denied Lakers' Olympic gold-medal winner Megan Agosta from scoring. Two of the goals she allowed were the result of defensive turnovers and one came on a power-play. McElhinney, from Calgary, Alberta, also picked up here second win over a nationally-ranked team and set the school record for most saves in a win.

Slavin, a sophomore defender from Erie, Colo., scored one goal and added three assists over the weekend to help North Dakota to its first-ever two-game WCHA road sweep at Minnesota. In her first games back for the Sioux from an off-season injury, Slavin had two assists in a 4-3 UND triumph last Friday, including one on teammate Mary Loken's third period game-winner, and a goal and an assist in last Saturday's 3-1 triumph. She earned a +1 plus/minus in the sweep.

Also nominated for the award were: Shannon Reilly, D, OSU.

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WCHA Rookie of the Week
Becky Allis - Fr., D
Ohio State University

photoFreshman defenseman Becky Allis has quickly established herself as one of the top blueliners for the Buckeyes and after producing an assist in each game of Ohio State's series sweep over St. Cloud State for her first collegiate points, she is the WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 20, 2010.

The West Olive, Mich., product set up the opening goal in OSU's 3-1 win last Friday, then collected her second helper in the third OSU goal on Saturday an eventual 6-1 victory to enable the Buckeyes to sweep the Huskies for the first time since 2005.

Also nominated for the award were: Tess Dusik, F, BSU.