Five Things That Happened in the WCHA, October 14th Edition

1. Weekly award winners: For games of Oct. 3-5, Ohio State’s Claudia Kepler earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors, scoring the game-winning goal in both games against New Hampshire. Minnesota defenseman Lee Stecklein earned Defensive Player of the Week, scoring four points and blocking three shots; she was also on the ice for eight of the Gophers’ 13 goals over the weekend. Wisconsin’s Emily Clark took home Rookie of the Week scored twice in her first collegiate game against Minnesota Duluth. The full release can be found here.

2. Minnesota alum Anne Schleper skated with the Lightning: Following the suit of U.S. Olympic teammate Hilary Knight, Schleper practiced with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL on Monday in support of World Girls’ Hockey Weekend (Knight skated with the Anaheim Ducks last week). Schleper also participated in a panel discussion, street hockey clinics, and a post-game scrimmage with members of the Lady Vipers ice hockey team.

3. North Dakota’s bus got stuck: On the way back to Grand Forks following a road sweep of the Minnesota State Mavericks, UND’s bus got stuck pulling out of a parking lot. The scene made national news, and also Gracen Hirschy is Vine famous.

4. Wisconsin took over the No. 1 ranking in the poll: It’s the first time since March 5, 2012, that a team besides Minnesota has been ranked No. 1 in the USCHO poll. The Gophers were bumped down to No. 2 after tying Minnesota Duluth 3-3, while the Badgers swept Ohio State to improve to 6-0-0 on the year. The new rankings certainly help to set the stage for a Minnesota-Wisconsin match-up this coming weekend, one that needs no introduction anyway.

5. Tessa Bonhomme was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame: Bonhomme, an Olympic gold medalist in 2010 with Team Canada and a former defenseman with the Buckeyes, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 26. Ohio State Athletics provided some sights and sounds from her induction, including her induction speech, this weekend.

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