WCHA Players Conclude Successful Showing At 2016 Worlds
Twenty-one of 36 participants medal, two named All-Stars and Hilary Knight tabbed MVP
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Twenty-one of 36 participants medal, two named All-Stars and Hilary Knight (pictured) tabbed MVP

EDINA, Minn. April 5, 2016 Led by the 11 who helped the United States win its third consecutive gold, 21 current and former Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) players medaled at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships, held March 28 through April 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Eight members of the silver-medalist Canadian squad hailed from the WCHA, while a pair of Russian forwards earned bronze.

All told, 36 women with WCHA ties participated in Kamloops, representing seven of the league's member institutions (University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, University of North Dakota, Ohio State University, St. Cloud State University and University of Wisconsin), and competing for six different countries (United States of America, Canada, Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden). The eighth league school, Bemidji State University, had a current student-athlete on the initial U.S. roster; however, Stephanie Anderson missed the competition following successful emergency surgery March 15 after suffering from appendicitis).

Former Wisconsin star Hilary Knight was named to the All-Star Team, was tabbed the competition's best forward and for the second consecutive year was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Joining Knight on the All-Star Team was defenseman and former North Dakota standout Monique Lamoureux.

The final 2016 Women's Worlds statistical leaderboard featured several WCHA products. Knight led the tournament with seven goals and tied for first with nine points; the Lamoureux twins (Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson), along with current Minnesota Duluth sophomore Lara Stalder, all had a Worlds-best five assists; Knight and Lamoureux-Davidson tied for top honors with a +8 rating; and, former Wisconsin great Alex Rigsby led all goaltenders with a .986 save percentage, a 0.31 goals-against average and two shutouts (including a 32-save, 1-0 blanking in the Americans' 1-0, overtime win over Canada in the gold-medal game).

A look at all WCHA-affiliated players in the top-20 of individual statistical leaders at the 2016 Women's World Championships (bold indicates a current WCHA student-athlete):

POINTS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM POS GP G A PTS
t-1 Hilary Knight, UW USA F 5 7 2 9
t-3 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, UND USA F 5 3 5 8
t-3 Lara Stalder, UMD SUI F 5 3 5 8
5 Monique Lamoureux, UND USA D 5 2 5 7
t-7 Natalie Spooner, OSU CAN F 5 3 3 6
9 Brianna Decker, UW USA F 5 2 4 6
12 Michelle Karvinen, UND FIN F 6 4 1 5
19 Megan Bozek, UMN USA D 4 1 3 4

GOALS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM POS GP G S SG%
1 Hilary Knight, UW USA F 5 7 21 33.33
3 Michelle Karvinen, UND FIN F 6 4 21 19.05
t-4 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, UND USA F 5 3 12 25.00
t-4 Natalie Spooner, OSU CAN F 5 3 17 17.65
t-4 Lara Stalder, UMD SUI F 5 3 23 13.04
t-9 Iya Gavrilova, UMD RUS F 6 3 17 17.65
t-13 Brianna Decker, UW USA F 5 2 13 15.38
t-13 Halli Krzyzaniak, UND CAN D 5 2 10 20.00
t-13 Monique Lamoureux, UND USA D 5 2 19 10.53
t-13 Meaghan Mikkelson, UW CAN D 5 2 6 33.33

ASSISTS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM POS GP A
t-1 Monique Lamoureux, UND USA D 5 5
t-1 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, UND USA F 5 5
t-1 Lara Stalder, UMD SUI F 5 5
8 Brianna Decker, UW USA F 5 4
11 Megan Bozek, UMN USA D 4 3
t-12 Annie Pankowski, UW USA F 5 3
t-12 Natalie Spooner, OSU CAN F 5 3

FACE-OFFS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM POS GP FO+ FO- FO%
2 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, UND USA F 5 38 17 69.09
5 Pernilla Winberg, UMD SWE F 5 44 27 61.97
11 Michelle Lowenhielm, UMD SWE F 5 18 15 54.55
12 Brianna Decker, UW USA F 5 44 41 51.76
13 Blayre Turnbull, UW CAN F 5 24 23 51.06
t-14 Emily Clark, UW CAN F 5 14 14 50.00

PLUS/MINUS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM POS GP + - +/-
t-1 Hilary Knight, UW USA F 5 8 0 +8
t-1 Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, UND USA F 5 8 0 +8
3 Monique Lamoureux, UND USA D 5 7 0 +7
7 Lara Stalder, UMD SUI F 5 6 1 +5
t-9 Brianna Decker, UW USA F 5 5 0 +5
16 Megan Bozek, UMN USA D 4 4 0 +4
t-17 Annie Svedin, OSU SWE D 5 4 0 +4

DEFENSEMAN SCORING LEADERS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM GP G A PTS
1 Monique Lamoureux, UND USA 5 2 5 7
2 Megan Bozek, UMN USA 4 1 3 4
6 Mira Jalosuo, UMN FIN 6 0 3 3
t-7 Halli Krzyzaniak, UND CAN 5 2 0 2
t-7 Meaghan Mikkelson, UW CAN 5 2 0 2
t-11 Brigette Lacquette, UMD CAN 4 0 2 2
t-13 Lee Stecklein, UMN USA 5 0 2 2

GOALKEEPERS
RK PLAYER, SCHOOL TEAM GP MIN GA SV SV% GAA SHO
1 Alex Rigsby, UW USA 3 192:30 1 71 98.61 0.31 2

Here is the full breakdown of WCHA-affiliated participants at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championships, including the 11 current student-athletes and 25 league alumnae. For more information on the tournament, visit www.worldwomen2016.com/en/.


United States of America (Gold Medal)

Goaltenders (2)
Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin

Defense (3)
Megan Bozek, Minnesota
Monique Lamoureux, North Dakota
*Lee Stecklein, Minnesota

Forwards (6)
Brianna Decker, Wisconsin
Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin
#Zoe Hickel, Minnesota Duluth
Hilary Knight, Wisconsin
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, North Dakota
*Annie Pankowski, Wisconsin


Canada (Silver Medal)

Defense (4)
Jocelyne Laroque, Minnesota Duluth
Brigette Lacquette, Minnesota Duluth
*Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota
Meaghan Mikkelson, Wisconsin

Forwards (4)
Natalie Spooner, Ohio State
Sarah Davis, Minnesota
*Emily Clark, Wisconsin
Blayre Turnbull, Wisconsin


Russia (Bronze Medal)

Forwards (2)
Iya Gavrilova, Minnesota Duluth
Alexandra Vafina, Minnesota Duluth


Finland (Fourth Place)

Defense (3)
Mira Jalosuo, Minnesota
*Anna Kilponen, North Dakota
Minttu Tuominen, Ohio State

Forwards (3)
Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
*Suvi Ollikainen, St. Cloud State
*Vilma Tanskanen, North Dakota


Sweden (Fifth Place)

Defense (4)
Johanna Fallman, North Dakota
*Caroline Markstrom, St. Cloud State
Emilia (Andersson) Ramboldt, Minnesota State
Annie Svedin, Ohio State

Forwards (4)
Jenni Asserholt, Minnesota Duluth
*Maria Lindh, Minnesota Duluth
*Michelle Lowenhielm, Minnesota Duluth
Pernilla Winberg, Minnesota Duluth


Switzerland (Won Relegation Round Series)

Forwards (1)
*Lara Stalder, Minnesota Duluth


* - Played in WCHA in 2015-16
# - Replaced Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State