EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 17, 2017 – For their roles in leading their teams to a pair of impressive league sweeps, including one which hadn't occurred in over six years, the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Jan. 13-14, 2017 are: Wisconsin junior forward Emily Clark and Minnesota Duluth senior forward Lara Stalder (Co-Offensive Players of the Week), Badgers' senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens (Defensive Player of the Week) and Bulldogs' freshman defensemen Jalyn Elmes (Rookie of the Week).
Emily Clark, Jr., F
Wisconsin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Clark recorded an NCAA-best four goals and seven points, tallying the game-winning goal in both contests as No. 1 Wisconsin swept visiting St. Cloud State. The junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan enjoyed a career night in Friday's series opener, tying for the second-most single-game points in school history with six. Clark recorded her first career hat trick, while also chipping in three assists in the Badgers' 9-0 victory. In UW's "Fill the Bowl" game in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 13,359 on Saturday, she again scored the game-winning goal as the Badgers skated to a 2-0 triumph. In addition to the leading the NCAA in goals and points, Clark tied for the national lead with two power-play goals, three power-play points and the pair of game-winning markers. This is Clark's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her sixth career honor (including one Rookie of the Week accolades).
Lara Stalder, Sr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Stalder played a role in six of Minnesota Duluth's eight goals, including factoring in both game-winners, as the then-No. 4 Bulldogs swept then-No. 2 Minnesota for the first time since Oct. 29-30, 2010. The senior from Lucerne, Switzerland tallied three goals and three assists in the series, while leading all WCHA skaters with a +6 rating. In Friday's series opener, Stalder bookended assists with her own power-play strike, finding her name on the scoresheet for every Bulldog goal in a dramatic, 3-2 triumph. She then followed with a two-goal, one-assist display in Saturday's 5-3 victory, including netting the game-winning and final two goals for UMD. Stalder finished the series with 12 shots on goal, while her three helpers tied for the WCHA lead. Following the sweep, Minnesota Duluth flip-flopped with the Gophers and are now No. 2 in the national polls – the Bulldogs' highest ranking since Oct. 4, 2010. This is Stalder's third WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and sixth career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Lindsey Coleman, Jr., F, Minnesota State (tallied one power-play goal and one power-play assists, while compiling a .643 face-off percentage for the Mavericks against North Dakota); Ryleigh Houston, Fr., F, North Dakota (led all WCHA freshmen with four points on one goal and three assists, helping the Fighting Hawks to a road sweep at Minnesota State); Lauren Miller, Sr., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with two points, including the game-winning goal Saturday at Ohio State).
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Sr., G
Wisconsin (La Malbaie, Québec)
In her first games since suffering an injury while playing for Team Canada in December, Desbiens was the lone NCAA goaltender last week to post two shutouts as top-ranked Wisconsin swept visiting St. Cloud State. The senior from La Malbaie, Québec shined in the Badgers' net, stopping all 29 shots she faced over the two contests. Desbiens opened the series with a 17-save performance in UW's 9-0 victory Friday, before delighting an NCAA-record 15,359 fans with a 12-stop, 2-0 triumph Saturday in the "Fill the Bowl" game at the Kohl Center. She once again leads the country with 10 shutouts this season, while her 48 career blank slates extend her all-time NCAA record. This is Desbiens' second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her 15th career accolade (including three Rookie of the Week honors).
Honorable Mention: Megan Hinze, So., D, Minnesota State (tied for the WCHA defensemen lead with two power-play points, tallying a goal and assist against North Dakota); Halli Krzyzaniak, Sr., D, North Dakota (led all WCHA defensemen with three points during the Fighting Hawks' road sweep at Minnesota State, including a pair of goals Friday to help UND overcome a 2-1 deficit en route to a 3-2 victory); Brittni Mowat, Sr., G, Bemidji State (compiled 48 saves, a .941 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average as the Beavers split a road series at Ohio State); Kassidy Sauve, RS-So., G, Ohio State (ranked second in the WCHA with 78 saves, finishing the Buckeyes' home split against Bemidji State with a .951 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average).
Jalyn Elmes, Fr., D
Minnesota Duluth (Brandon, Manitoba)
Elmes picked up an assist on both game-winning goals, while leading WCHA defensemen with three helpers overall (tied for the lead among all league skaters) as then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth swept then-No. 2 Minnesota. The freshman from Brandon, Manitoba picked up her first helper on Katie McGovern's tie-breaking strike with 4:38 remaining in regulation Friday, before logging a pair of assists in the Bulldogs' 5-3 win Saturday. Elmes' first assist in the series finale helped UMD take a 2-1 lead, while the second came on Lara Stalder's game-winning score as the Bulldogs jumped to No. 2 in the national opinion polls. She also contributed three blocked shots on the weekend. This is Elmes' first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Kristin Campbell, Fr., G, North Dakota (earned her first collegiate shutout with a career-best 22 saves, including eight on the penalty kill, in the Fighting Hawks' 4-0 win Saturday at Minnesota State); Rebecca Freiburger, Fr., F, Ohio State (tallied a point in each game, including the game-winning, power-play goal Friday, as the Buckeyes split with visiting Bemidji State); Haley Mack, Fr., F, Bemidji State (led all WCHA freshmen with a team-high 13 shots on goal, while scoring the game-winning goal in the Beavers' 3-1 win Saturday at Ohio State); Sofia Poinar, Fr., F, Minnesota State (led Maverick rookies with nine face-off wins and a .643 face-off percentage against North Dakota).