EDINA, Minn. – Sept. 29, 2015 – After helping their teams open the 2015-16 season with undefeated weekends in nonconference play, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Sept. 25-27, 2015 are: Minnesota Duluth junior forward Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Alexis Joyce (Defensive Player of the Week) and Minnesota State freshman forward Corbin Boyd (Rookie of the Week).
Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Jr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Brandon, Manitoba)
Brykaliuk compiled two goals – including the overtime game-winner Saturday – and three assists to help Minnesota Duluth open the Maura Crowell era with a two-game road sweep at Lindenwood. The product of Brandon, Manitoba had the game's first assist Saturday, before her overtime heroics with just one minute remaining lifted the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win. The junior forward was at it again Sunday, assisting on UMD's first and third goals before netting her own at the 13:27 mark of the third period to seal a 4-1 victory. Overall, Brykaliuk posted a +3 rating and logged six shots on goal during the series.
Also nominated: Stephanie Anderson, Sr., F, Bemidji State; Katie Johnson, Sr., F, Minnesota State
Alexis Joyce, So., D
Bemidji State (Lakeville, Minn.)
Joyce excelled on both ends of the ice as Bemidji State opened its season with a win and tie against visiting Robert Morris. The sophomore from Lakeville, Minn. led the Beavers with a +5 rating, tied for the team lead in points (three) and goals (two), and blocked two shots as part of a BSU defensive unit that limited its opponent to just 36 shots on the weekend. Joyce scored BSU's season-opening goal Friday night, then assisted on the game-winning strike in a 4-1 victory.
Also nominated: Brianna Quade, Jr., G, Minnesota State
Corbin Boyd, F
Minnesota State (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Boyd opened her collegiate career in style, producing late-game heroics Friday and a helper Saturday as Minnesota State started the campaign with an undefeated weekend (1-0-1) against visiting Union. With the Mavericks down 2-1 and just 1:48 remaining in the third period of Friday night's game, Boyd netted the tying strike for her first career goal. Her third-period assist Saturday helped seal a 3-0 victory for MSU – the first women's win for new Mavericks head coach John Harrington. Overall, the freshman from Minnetonka, Minn. tallied five shots and a +2 rating during her debut weekend.