EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 15, 2016 – Two skaters and a goaltender who competed against each other last weekend in a taut matchup of top-10 teams have been named women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 11-13, 2016. The honorees are: Minnesota Duluth senior forward Lara Stalder (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Maddie Rooney (Defensive Player of the Week) and North Dakota freshman forward Ryleigh Houston (Rookie of the Week).
Lara Stalder, Sr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Stalder factored in three of Minnesota Duluth's four goals over the weekend, helping the No. 3 Bulldogs to a win and tie on the road at No. 9 North Dakota. The senior from Lucerne, Switzerland scored the first goal of the series 7:32 into the opening period of Saturday's 2-1 UMD victory, before adding what would be the game-winning assist just 34 seconds later. She then added an assist in Sunday's series finale, helping on the second goal as the Bulldogs settled for a 2-2 tie. Stalder tied two others for the most points in the WCHA last weekend, while also tying for high-water mark with a +2 rating. This is Stalder's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and fifth career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Amy Menke, Sr., F, North Dakota (tied for the WCHA lead with a +2 rating, assisted on UND's lone goal Saturday and scored its first goal Sunday as the No. 9 Fighting Hawks rallied for a tie and shootout win against No. 3 Minnesota Duluth).
Maddie Rooney, So., G
Minnesota Duluth (Andover, Minn.)
Rooney led the WCHA last weekend in saves (54), save percentage (.947), goals-against average (1.44) and winning percentage (.750), helping No. 3 Minnesota Duluth to a four-point road weekend at No. 9 North Dakota. The sophomore from Andover, Minn. opened the series by turning aside 24-of-25 shots in a 2-1 win Saturday. She then had a 30-save effort (on 32 shots) in Sunday's series finale as the Bulldogs skated to a 2-2 tie. This is Rooney's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Halli Krzyzaniak, Sr., D, North Dakota (scored UND's lone goal in Saturday's game and registered an assist on its first goal Sunday, as the No. 9 Fighting Hawks rallied for a tie and shootout win against No. 3 Minnesota Duluth); Kassidy Sauve, RS-So., G, Ohio State (set a program record with her third-straight shutout Friday, finishing the Buckeyes' split at St. Cloud State with a 44 saves, a .936 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average).
Ryleigh Houston, Fr., F
North Dakota (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Houston led all WCHA rookies last weekend in points, assisting on all three Fighting Hawk goals against No. 3 Minnesota Duluth. The freshman from Winnipeg, Manitoba sparked No. 9 North Dakota's comeback from a two-goal deficit Sunday, picking up the primary helper on both goals – including the tying strike with 29 seconds remaining to force overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Houston gave UND the extra WCHA point by scoring the lone shootout goal. This is Houston's second WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign.
Honorable Mention: Jincy Dunne, RS-Fr., D, Ohio State (tallied a goal, one assist, four blocked shots and a +1 rating as the Buckeyes split a road series at St. Cloud State); Kayla Friesen, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (notched a goal and assist, including the helper on the game-winning score, in the Huskies' 4-1 win Saturday over visiting Ohio State).