EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 10, 2017 – A forward who returned from injury with an upset-leading hat trick, a brick-wall goaltender and a defenseman who excelled all over the ice highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Jan. 6-8, 2017. The honorees are: St. Cloud State sophomore forward Hannah Potrykus (Offensive Player of the Week), St. Cloud State freshman goaltender Janine Alder (Defensive Player of the Week) and Ohio State redshirt-freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne (Rookie of the Week).
Hannah Potrykus, So., F
St. Cloud State (Brighton, Mich.)
Playing in her first game since Nov. 19 due to injury, Potrykus returned to the ice with a hat trick and four points to lead St. Cloud State's 7-4, upset victory over then-No. 7 Colgate last Friday. The sophomore from Brighton, Mich. scored twice in the first 8:09 of the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 St. Cloud State lead. She then assisted on the second of three, third-period SCSU goals, before completing the hat trick and sealing the Huskies' 7-4 win with a goal at the 18:35 mark of the final stanza. Potrykus' four points for the weekend tied for tops among WCHA players, while the hat trick was the first by a Huskies' player since Oct. 24, 2015 (Molly Illikainen vs. North Dakota). She finished her first weekend back with a WCHA-high 12 shots on goal and a +4 rating. This is Potrykus' first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Corbin Boyd, So., F, Minnesota State (tallied her first career multi-goal game at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic, scoring on both of her shots and finishing with a +2 rating against No. 2 Minnesota); Katie Matheny, Sr., F, Ohio State (recorded her first career hat trick, and was on the ice for all five goals, as the Buckeyes opened their nonconference road sweep at Penn State with a 5-0 win); Annie Pankowski, Jr., F, Wisconsin (scored a power-play goal and had two assists in the No. 1 Badgers' 5-1, nonconference road win at Lindenwood); Kelly Pannek, Jr., F, Minnesota (scored two goals and had two assists, while winning 16 face-offs and posting a +3 rating, as the No. 2 Gophers defeated Minnesota State, 5-3 at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic).
Janine Alder, Fr., G
St. Cloud State (Zürich, Switzerland)
After entering in relief part way through Friday's series opener, Alder stopped all 57 shots she faced over the next game-and-a-half to lead St. Cloud State to an upset win and tie against then-No. 7 Colgate. The freshman from Zürich, Switzerland entered Friday's game with SCSU trailing, 4-3, and made 17 saves over the final 29:05 as the Huskies scored four unanswered goals for a 7-4, comeback victory. Alder than stopped a career-high 40 shots over 65 minutes Saturday to preserve the scoreless deadlock. Her 57 saves led the WCHA and ranked sixth nationally last week (second among freshmen goaltenders). This is Alder's third WCHA weekly award of her freshman campaign, as she has twice earned Rookie accolades.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Jackson, Fr., D, Minnesota State (tallied her first career assist and point, while finishing with a +1 rating, against No. 2 Minnesota at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic); Kassidy Sauve, RS-So., G, Ohio State (the only NCAA goaltender with two shutout victories last week, she stopped all 55 shots she faced in the Buckeyes' 5-0 and 6-0 nonconference road sweep at Penn State).
Jincy Dunne, RS-Fr., D
Ohio State (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Dunne was a force on both ends of the ice during Ohio State's nonconference road sweep at Penn State, leading all WCHA rookies with two goals, three points, one game-winning goal (tied), six shots on goal and an NCAA freshman-best +6 rating. In addition, she tied for second among WCHA first-year skaters with three blocked shots and tied for the NCAA rookie lead in goals, points and game-winning goals. The redshirt-freshman blue-liner from O'Fallon, Mo. tallied the game-winning marker in OSU's 5-0, series-opening win, then assisted on the winning goal in the Buckeyes' 6-0, series-finale triumph. This is Dunne's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Nikki Cece, Fr., G, Wisconsin (stopped 10-of-11 shots to help the No. 1 Badgers to a 5-1, nonconference road win at Lindenwood); Katie Robinson, Fr., D, Minnesota (scored her first collegiate goal and point, helping the No. 2 Gophers to a 5-3 win over Minnesota State at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic); McKenzie Sederberg, Fr., D, Minnesota State (recorded an assist and two blocked shots for the Mavericks against No. 2 Minnesota at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic).