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WCHA Forward of the Week Jenniina Nylund of St. Cloud State
Holiday Play Results In Weekly Award Winners
Ohio State's Jaques, Braendli join St. Cloud State's Nylund and Bemidji State's Vekich in WCHA Weekly Awards

sterlingBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 29, 2021 – Five teams were in action over the holiday weekend and for their efforts across the country, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors four student-athletes as WCHA Players of the Week, presented by Sterling Trophy.

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Jenniina Nylund, Sr., St. Cloud State (Pietarsaari, Finland)

Helping St. Cloud State to a series sweep at Rensselaer, Jenniina Nylund recorded five points by four goals and one assist. Centering the top line for the Huskies, Nylund skated to a plus-6 rating on the ice while notching her first career hat trick in Saturday's 4-2 win. The senior's efforts helped St. Cloud State match their win total from each of the last two seasons, while she added 17 faceoff wins to her game-winning goal.

Nylund's honor is her first WCHA weekly award of her career and the second for the St. Cloud State squad this season, after Mackenzie Bourgerie earned Forward of the Week on Nov. 8.

Others Receiving Votes: Anna Klein (Minnesota Duluth), Graysen Myers (Bemidji State), Jenn Gardiner (Ohio State).

WCHA Defender of the Week

player Sophie Jaques, Sr., Ohio State (Toronto, Ontario)

For the fourth time the season, Sophie Jaques has been named WCHA Defender of the Week after her five-point weekend at the DI in DC Tournament. Her five points tied for a team-high on the weekend, while she took a team-high of 12 total shots on goal against Penn State and St. Lawrence. In addition to a game-winning goal and shorthanded goal, Jaques scored two power play tallies, for eight power play goals on the season. That number is good for the 10th best season power play scoring total in Ohio State program history.

It is Jaques' fourth weekly honor of the season and third for the month of November (Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Nov. 8).

Others Receiving Votes: Kenzie Wylie (St. Cloud State), Ella Anick (Bemidji State).

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Andrea Braendli, Sr., Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)

Across Ohio State's two games at the DI in DC Tournament, Andrea Braendli made 44 saves on 48 shots faced against Penn State and St. Lawrence. Helping the Buckeyes remain undefeated in the tournament, Braendli registered a .917 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average for her 2-0-0 record. Recording her second-most saves on the year, the senior tallied 30 saves against Penn State and earned her eighth win of the season and 55th of her career against St. Lawrence.

It marks Braendli's third WCHA Goaltender of the Week honor after she opened the season with a pair of awards on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.

Others Receiving Votes: Emma Polusny (St. Cloud State), Hannah Hogenson (Bemidji State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Claire Vekich, Fr., Bemidji State (Coleraine, Minn.)

To earn her first WCHA honor, Claire Vekich tallied one goal and two assists in her three-point weekend at Lindenwood. Helping Bemidji State to its first sweep of the season, Vekich tallied five shots on goal and finished with a plus-2 rating on the ice.

The WCHA Rookie of the Week honor is the first league honor for Vekich in her career.

Others Receiving Votes: Dayle Ross (St. Cloud State).

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