Feb. 26, 2014
• WCHA Release
MADISON, Wis. - Junior Blayre Turnbull and freshman Ann-Renée Desbiens have been named Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the WCHA announced Wednesday.
For Turnbull, it marks her third career weekly conference honor, as she was named offensive player of the week on Oct. 23, 2013 and WCHA Rookie of the Week on Oct. 5, 2011. It also marks the third time Desbiens has won WCHA Rookie of the Week this year, claiming the award on Dec. 3, 2013, and Jan. 8, 2014.
Turnbull had four points, including two short-handed goals, six shots on goal and was +2 in No. 2 Wisconsin's sweep at Minnesota State. In last Friday's 5-1 win, she became only the second player in UW history to record multiple short-handed goals in a game and the first in school history with two short-handed goals in a period. She also had an assist on the winning goal. In last Saturday's 3-1 win, Turnbull assisted on UW's first goal.
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Turnbull is tied for the nation's lead with five short-handed goals, which is also the Wisconsin single-season record. Turnbull is second on the team with 35 points.
Desbiens stopped 27 of the 28 shots on goal she faced UW's road victory over Minnesota State last Saturday in Mankato. She also blanked the Mavericks on all three of their power-play opportunities and stopped 20 shots over the final 40:00 minutes of the game to help the Badgers complete the sweep of MSU.
A native of La Malbaie, Quebec, Desbiens currently leads the nation in both goals-against average at 1.06 and save percentage at .957, and also ranks second nationally in winning percentage at .917 via an 11-1-0 season record.
Desbiens claimed the WCHA goaltending crown for 2013-14, based on goals-against average in league games only, with a 0.97 goals-against average.
The Badgers open up the WCHA playoffs at home against Minnesota State this weekend at LaBahn Arena. Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 7 p.m. starts, while Sunday's game, if necessary, will start at 4 p.m.