EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 8, 2016 – A pair of prolific scoring outputs and an historic achievement by one of the sport's all-time great goaltenders highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Nov. 4-6, 2016. The honorees are: Minnesota junior forward Kelly Pannek (Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Abby Roque (Rookie of the Week).
Kelly Pannek, Jr., F
Minnesota (Plymouth, Minn.)
Pannek paced the WCHA and tied for the NCAA lead with an eight-point weekend, scoring two goals and assisting on six others to help No. 2 Minnesota to a home sweep of Minnesota State. The junior from Plymouth, Minn. contributed one short-handed, game-winning goal, one power-play goal, one blocked shot, a +5 rating and a .636 face-off percentage (21-for-33). In the Gophers' 5-0, series-opening win, she assisted on each of linemate Dani Cameranesi's three goals of a natural hat trick. Pannek then tied her career high with a five-point effort in an 8-1, game two victory. With the score tied 1-1 at the 10:01 mark of the second period, she scored back-to-back special teams goals, including a short-handed tally that stood as the game-winner. Pannek also picked up three assists in the second stanza, helping Minnesota to a 6-1 lead by intermission. This is Pannek's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and fifth career accolade (including three Rookie of the Week honors).
Honorable Mention: Amanda Conway, Jr., F, Minnesota State (scored her first goal of the season Sunday at Ridder Arena, drawing the Mavericks even in the second period against No. 2 Minnesota); Sarah Nurse, Sr., F, Wisconsin (became the 22nd-player in Badgers history to reach the career 100-point milestone, finishing No. 1 UW's sweep of Bemidji State with three points on two goals and one assist).
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Sr., G
Wisconsin (La Malbaie, Québec)
Desbiens enjoyed an historic weekend, setting the NCAA record – regardless of division or gender – with her 43rd and 44th career shutouts as No. 1 Wisconsin blanked visiting Bemidji State. The senior from La Malbaie, Québec, who has posted a clean sheet in 45.4 percent of her 97 collegiate starts, tied and passed former Minnesota netminder Noora Räty on the all-time NCAA charts. Her record-tying shutout came in the Badgers' 5-0 win in Saturday's series opener, as she stopped all 22 shots she faced. Desbiens then broke the record in UW's 6-0 victory Sunday, making 14 saves. Her unblemished weekend tied for the NCAA lead in every category over this past set of games, while she now leads the country with an 0.74 goals-against average, 11 wins and six shutouts overall in 2016-17. This is Desbiens' first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her 14th career accolade (including three Rookie of the Week honors).
Honorable Mention: Sydney Baldwin, Jr., D, Minnesota (scored a goal, handed out an assist and was +6 for the series as the No. 2 Gophers swept visiting Minnesota State); Lauren Boyle, So., D, Ohio State (became the first D-I defenseman – regardless of gender – to post a hat trick this season, doing so in the Buckeyes' 3-0, sweep-clinching win over Lindenwood; additionally, she was the only NCAA blue-liner last weekend with at least four points, five blocked shots and a rating of at least +4); Leila Kilduff, So., D, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks with five blocked shots in their series at No. 2 Minnesota).
Abby Roque, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)
Roque led all NCAA rookies – and ranked third among WCHA skaters – with five points, helping No. 1 Wisconsin to a sweep of visiting Bemidji State. After picking up an assist in a 5-0 UW win Saturday, the freshman from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. had a career-high four-point effort in the Badgers' 6-0 triumph Sunday afternoon. Roque tallied two power-play goals Sunday, the first to give UW a 2-0, first-period lead and the second to close out the scoring. She also had a pair of assists in the contest, twice setting up fellow rookie Alexis Mauermann. This is Roque's first WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Agnew, Fr., F, Minnesota (tallied a pair of assists, including one on a game-winner, along with seven shots on goal and a +4 rating as the No. 2 Gophers swept visiting Minnesota State); Chloe Crosby, Fr., G, Minnesota State (made her collegiate debut Sunday at No. 2 Minnesota, stopping 12 shots while playing the entire third period).