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November 14, 2012
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St. Cloud State's Gilbert & Friend, Bemidji State's Tougas Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week
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WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Julia Gilbert - Junior, Forward
St. Cloud State University

photo St. Cloud State University forward Julia Gilbert, who was named the First Star of both games while scoring three goals and setting up another to lead the Huskies to a non-conference sweep over visiting Lindenwood University last weekend, has been named the WCHA Women's Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 14.

A junior from Hermantown, Minn., Gilbert also scored the first goal of both contests, recorded a total of 13 shots on goal and earned a +3 plus/minus rating. In host SCSU's 2-0 victory over Lindenwood last Friday (Nov. 9) at the National Hockey and Event Center, she tallied her first goal of the season at 15:17 of the first period. Then last Saturday (Nov. 10), Gilbert fired home two goals, again notching the opening tally of the contest at 5:00 of the first period, and drew an assist for three points as the Huskies prevailed 7-2 in the series finale.

Through 11 games played so far this season, Gilbert is tied for fourth in team scoring with four points on three goals and one assist.

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WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Julie Friend - Sophomore, Goaltender
St. Cloud State University

photo Goaltender Julie Friend, who recorded her second shutout of the season in St. Cloud State University's 2-0 home-ice victory over Lindenwood last weekend, is the WCHA Women's Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 7.

A sophomore from Minnetonka, Minn., Friend stopped all 21 shots on goal against Lindenwood last Friday afternoon at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud and also blanked her opponents on all three of their power-play opportunities to earn Third Star of the Game honors. The shutout was the second of the season for Friend, who earlier fashioned a 39-save, 1-0, whitewash of league rival Bemidji State back on Oct. 13.

In 363:05 minutes of time between the pipes for St. Cloud State this season, Friend owns a 2-3-1 overall record with a 2.48 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. Her save percentage ranks fourth overall among WCHA goaltenders.

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WCHA Rookie of the Week
Kaitlyn Tougas - Freshman, Forward
Bemidji State University

photo Bemidji State University forward Kaitlyn Tougas, who scored a goal and added an assist in the Beavers' two-game non-conference series against visiting Maine last weekend, is the WCHA Women's Rookie of the Week for Nov. 14.

A freshman right winger from Thunder Bay, Ont., Tougas scored the first goal of the game and also drew an assist in host Bemidji State's 4-3 loss to the Black Bears last Friday (Nov. 9) at Sanford Center. Her goal came at 10:26 of the first period to stake her club to a 1-0 lead while her assist on freshman Hanna Moher's first career goal at 13:18 made it 2-0. In addition to registering two points, Tougas set up several other scoring chances as Bemidji State outshot Maine 60-20. In the series finale last Saturday (Nov. 10), Tougas had two shots on goal in a 2-2 overtime tie.

Tougas is currently tied for sixth in scoring overall among WCHA freshmen with five points (2g, 3a) in 10 games.

Also nominated: Katie Fitzgerald, G, St. Cloud State.