WCHA Press Releases



WCHA Forward of the Week Casey O'Brien of Wisconsin
First Weekly Awards Presented To Sweeping Teams
O'Brien, Kotlowski Double Up Wisconsin Honors, while Ohio State's Braendli Wins Goaltender, with Minnesota State's Paddington Presented Rookie

sterlingBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Sept. 27, 2021 – After the season's opening weekend, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association returns to honoring four student-athletes as WCHA Players of the Week, presented by Sterling Trophy for the 2021-22 campaign.

WCHA Forward of the Week

player Casey O'Brien, So., Wisconsin (Milton, Mass.)

In Wisconsin's opening series at Lindenwood, Casey O'Brien scored six goals off of 15 shots on goal to help lift the Badgers to a weekend sweep. On Friday, O'Brien scored two goals to match her freshman year total in the 8-1 victory, before scoring a natural hat trick in Saturday's 10-0 win. She became only the sixth player in program history to score four or more goals in a game and was the first since Sarah Nurse on Oct. 23, 2016, while her hat trick was the first since the 2016-17 season as well. On top of her offense, O'Brien had an 82.4 winning percentage in the faceoff circle and finished with a plus-6 rating on the ice.

Others Receiving Votes: Brooke Bryant (Minnesota State), Jenna Buglioni (Ohio State).

WCHA Defender of the Week

player Katie Kotlowski, So., Wisconsin (Warroad, Minn.)

Blueliner Katie Kotlowski scored her first career goal in the 8-1 win at Lindenwood on Friday night, before following it up with two more in the 10-0 win on Saturday. Scoring in every situation, she had an even strength, power play, and shorthanded goal on the weekend, in addition to earning an apple. Her four points were tied for the most among all NCAA defenders this weekend, while she tallied 11 shots on goal.

Others Receiving Votes: Charlotte Akervik (Minnesota State), Sophie Jaques (Ohio State).

WCHA Goaltender of the Week

player Andrea Braendli, Sr., Ohio State (Zurich, Switzerland)

As Ohio State hosted first-year WCHA member St. Thomas on Friday evening, Andrea Braendli opened the season with a 16-save shutout. The senior's 13th career shutout helped her take sole control of second place in the Ohio State record book for career shutouts. Improving her career record to 48-22-7, Braendli starts the year with a 1.000 save percentage and 0.00 goals against average for the Buckeyes.

Others Receiving Votes: Calla Frank (Minnesota State).

WCHA Rookie of the Week

player Alexis Paddington, Fr., Minnesota State (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Making her first collegiate appearance, Alexis Paddington collected her first career point in a 3-0 win at Merrimack where she had the first assist on the game-winner. She added two more apples on Saturday as the Mavericks barreled ahead to a 9-3 win on Saturday, to finish the weekend with three assists, two shots on goal, two blocked shots, and a plus-1 rating on the ice.

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