EDINA, Minn. – Oct. 13, 2015 – Prolific scorers, highlight-reel performances and stifling goaltending highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for Oct. 4-11, 2015. The honorees are: Wisconsin sophomore forward Emily Clark (Offensive Player of the Week), Bemidji State junior goaltender Brittni Mowat (Defensive Player of the Week) and Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Potomak (Rookie of the Week).
Emily Clark, So., F
Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Clark tied for the NCAA lead last week with seven points during a career weekend for the now second-ranked Badgers, scoring four goals while adding three assists during Wisconsin's sweep of visiting Ohio State. During Saturday's series opener, the sophomore from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan collected a pair of goals and assists as the Badgers blanked the Buckeyes, 7-0. On Sunday, she scored 30 seconds into the game and added a later goal that would be the No. 4 entry on ESPN SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays, along with an assist, in UW's triumph. Clark ended the weekend with a +8 rating.
Also nominated: Hannah Brandt, Sr., F, Minnesota; Meghan Dufault, Sr., F, North Dakota; Elin Johansson, So., F, Minnesota State; Lauren Miller, Jr., F, Bemidji State
Brittni Mowat, Jr., G
Bemidji State (Glenboro, Manitoba)
Mowat was near perfect in leading now-No. 8 Bemidji State to a weekend sweep of visiting Minnesota Duluth, stopping 62-of-63 shots for a .984 save percentage. The returning All-American opened the weekend with her second consecutive shutout (12th career), a 31-save performance in a 2-0 Beavers win. Mowat again made 31 saves the next night, including turning aside all 24 shots she faced from the second period on, as BSU rallied for a 2-1, overtime victory. All told, Mowat's 62 saves were the fourth-highest in the country last week.
Also nominated: Sydney Baldwin, So., D, Minnesota; Ann-Renée Desbiens, Jr., G, Wisconsin; Gracen Hirschy, Jr., D, North Dakota
Sarah Potomak, Fr., F
Minnesota (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
Potomak led Minnesota with six points (2g-4a) in the top-ranked Gophers' home-opening sweep of visiting St. Cloud State. The freshman from Aldergrove, British Columbia led the Gophers with a career-high five points in Saturday's 11-0 win. She scored two goals on two shots for her first collegiate multi-goal game, while assisting on a Minnesota shorthanded score, power-play strike and even-strength goal. In Friday's 7-0 victory, she assisted linemate Dani Cameranesi's power-play goal and tallied four shots.
Also nominated: Emily Bergland, F, Bemidji State; Leila Kilduff, D, Minnesota State; Vilma Tanskanen, F, North Dakota