EDINA, Minn. – Jan. 31, 2017 – A double-repeat winner, a captain leading her team from the blue line and a freshman scorer for the nation's top-ranked team highlight the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Players of the Week for games of Jan. 27-29, 2017. The honorees are: Minnesota Duluth senior forward Lara Stalder (Offensive Player of the Week), Minnesota senior defenseman Lee Stecklein (Defensive Player of the Week) and Wisconsin freshman forward Alexis Mauermann (Rookie of the Week).
Lara Stalder, Sr., F
Minnesota Duluth (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Stalder won her third-consecutive WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award – all coinciding with No. 2 Minnesota Duluth's current six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) – after once again tying for the league scoring lead with a four-point effort (1g-3a) against Ohio State. The senior from Luzern, Switzerland had two assists, including a helper on the game-winning goal, in the Bulldogs' 6-1, series-opening win Friday. On Saturday afternoon, she once again set up UMD's game-winning strike, before icing the 3-0 triumph with an unassisted goal of her own at the 16:06 mark of the third period. The winger finished the weekend with a WCHA-best 19 shots on goal, while she tied for third with a +4 rating. Stalder is on a seven-game point streak in which she has amassed 17 points total (9g-8a), while she is now tied for third nationally by averaging 1.65 points-per-game overall (17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 26 contests). This is Stalder's fifth WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and eighth career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Emily Bergland, So., F, Bemidji State (led the Beavers with two goals and two points, while posting 18 face-off wins, in a series against North Dakota); Corbin Boyd, So., F, Minnesota State (led the Mavericks with one assist and 23 face-off wins in a series at No. 1 Wisconsin); Charly Dahlquist, So., F, North Dakota (scored two of the Fighting Hawks' four goals, including the game-tying strike Sunday, as UND took five points from Bemidji State); Annie Pankowski, Jr., F, Wisconsin (tied for the WCHA lead with four points, tallying two goals Friday and two assists Saturday as the top-ranked Badgers swept visiting Minnesota State); Nicole Schammel, RS-So., F, Minnesota (had a three point series with an assist and two goals, including the game-winner Friday, as the No. 4 Gophers swept host St. Cloud State).
Lee Stecklein, Sr., D
Minnesota (Roseville, Minn.)
Stecklein had an outstanding weekend offensively and defensively, posting a +4 rating, tying for the scoring lead among NCAA blue-liners with four points and helping No. 4 Minnesota hold St. Cloud State to just one goal during the Gophers' road sweep. The senior from Roseville, Minn. led WCHA defensemen in all scoring categories with four points, one goal, three assists, 0.50 goals per game, 1.50 assists per game and 2.00 points per contest. Stecklein was on the ice for both Minnesota goals in a 2-1, series-opening victory Friday, while her assist freed Nicole Schammel for the third-period, tie-breaking game-winner. Saturday, the Gophers' captain tied her career high with three points (1g-2a) as Minnesota cruised to a 5-0, shutout win. She now leads WCHA blue-liners this season with 15 assists, 18 points and 0.75 points per game. This is Stecklein's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and her third career honor, including one Rookie of the Week accolade.
Honorable Mention: Ann-Renee Desbiens, Sr., G, Wisconsin (backstopped the top-ranked Badgers to a sweep of visiting Minnesota State, recording her 11th shutout of the season and posting a .967 save percentage for the weekend); Anna Keys, Jr., D, Minnesota State (led the NCAA with 10 blocked shots in the Mavericks' series at Wisconsin, while adding three shots on goal); Brittni Mowat, Sr., G, Bemidji State (made 51 saves in the Beavers' series with North Dakota, posting a 1.48 goals-against average and .944 save percentage); Maddie Rooney, So., G, Minnesota Duluth (led the WCHA with a .973 save percentage, made 36 stops, collected a shutout and backstopped the No. 2 Bulldogs to a sweep of visiting Ohio State); Lexie Shaw, Sr., G, North Dakota (posted 57 saves and a .966 save percentage, while also picking up her third shootout victory of the season to help the Fighting Hawks earn five points against Bemidji State).
Alexis Mauermann, Fr., F
Wisconsin (Janesville, Wis.)
Mauermann led all WCHA rookies with two goals, scoring in each game as top-ranked Wisconsin ran its winning streak to 10 games with a sweep of visiting Minnesota State. The freshman from Janesville, Wis. picked up both her tallies on the power play, helping the Badgers to a 5-0 win Friday and a 6-1 triumph Saturday. Her shooting percentage of .667 (two goals on three shots) was the best among all WCHA skaters, while her two goals ranked second among all NCAA freshmen. This is Mauermann's first career WCHA weekly award.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Jackson, Fr., D, Minnesota State (led all WCHA rookies and tied for fourth nationally with six blocked shots in the Mavericks' series at No. 1 Wisconsin); Kippin Keller, Fr., F, Minnesota (scored her first career goal, a short-handed strike in the No. 4 Gophers' 2-1 win Friday, par of Minnesota's road sweep at St. Cloud State); Sarah Lecavalier, Fr., F, North Dakota (recorded a career-high two points Friday with a goal and assist on the game-winner, helping the Fighting Hawks to a 3-1 win as part of a five-point weekend against Bemidji State); Kiki Radke, Fr., F, Bemidji State (totaled eight shots on goal, two face-off wins and one blocked shot for the Beavers against North Dakota).