WCHA Press Releases



WCHA Defender of the Month Sophie Jaques of Ohio State
Monthly Awards Presented For November
Jaques, Hemp Repeat as Monthly Award Winners, Joined by Heise and Hogenson

sterlingBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 30, 2021 – Through a month of national play and nonconference competitions, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors four student-athletes as WCHA Players of the Month, presented by Sterling Trophy.

WCHA Forward of the Month

player Taylor Heise, Sr., Minnesota (Lake City, Minn.)

Through Minnesota's six games in the month of November, Taylor Heise recorded a team-leading 16 points by eight goals and eight assists, a plus-15 rating on the ice, and posted five multi-point games. On Nov. 12, she scored her second career hat trick on her way to posting a plus-7 rating on the ice, a number that ranked third-best in a game in program history.

After adding two shorthanded goals in November, Heise's three shorties lead the nation, while she also took zero penalties all month to lead all Minnesota forwards in ice time. Heise now holds 30 points through the season's 15 games. It marks her second WCHA monthly award of her career, after being named WCHA Rookie of the Month in Nov. 2018.

Others Receiving Votes: Brittyn Fleming (Minnesota State), Clair DeGeorge (Ohio State), Graysen Myers (Bemidji State), Elizabeth Giguere (Minnesota Duluth), Maddi Wheeler (Wisconsin).

WCHA Defender of the Month

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

After claiming three of the four weekly awards for November, Sophie Jaques repeated as WCHA Defender of the Month. Through Ohio State's six games played, the blueliner totaled 15 points by five goals and 10 assists off of 42 shots on goal, while scoring in every situation. She tallied four power play goals and two game-winning goals, in addition to scoring her first career shorthanded goal.

Jaques leads all defenders nationally in scoring with 28 points on the season, is on a nine-game active point streak, and scored multiple points in all six of the team's games in the month of November. It marks the second WCHA monthly honor or Jaques in her career, after claiming her first in October.

Others Receiving Votes: Olivia Knowles (Minnesota), Ella Anick (Bemidji State), Nicole LaMantia (Wisconsin).

WCHA Goaltender of the Month

player Hannah Hogenson, So., Bemidji State (Anchorage, Alaska)

Through Bemidji State's five games in the month of November, Hannah Hogenson faced 197 total shots, on which she made 181 saves for a .919 save percentage. Four of the five games took place against top-10 ranked opponents, one of which that included her first career shutout behind a career-high of 56 saves in the 0-0 (OT) tie at No. 1 Wisconsin (Nov. 6).

Hogenson was named back-to-back WCHA Goaltender of the Week in November before claiming her first WCHA monthly award in her career with the Goaltender of the Month title.

Others Receiving Votes: Andrea Braendli (Ohio State), Emma Soderberg (Minnesota Duluth).

WCHA Rookie of the Month

player Peyton Hemp, Forward, Minnesota (Anover, Minn.)

Repeating as WCHA Rookie of the Month is Minnesota's Peyton Hemp as she followed up her October honor with the November title. The Andover, Minn., native recorded seven points by two goals and five assists off of 23 shots on goal. She skated to a plus-7 rating on the ice through the Gophers' six games played, a mark that led the first-years on the team. Hemp continues to lead the WCHA and the NCAA in points per game by a freshman after recording three multi-point games in the month of November.

Others Receiving Votes: Claire Vekich (Bemidji State), Sarah Wozniewicz (Wisconsin), Saskia Maurer (St. Thomas).

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