Wisconsin women's hockey: Blayre Turnbull named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Nicole Haase

The junior assistant captain had five points in a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State.

On the heels of a five-point performance against St. Cloud State this weekend, junior assistant captain Blayre Turnbull has been named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

It was really Saturday's game in which Turnbull shined, scoring two goals, including her second short-handed goal of the season, and adding two assists.

Add in an assist from Friday night and Turnbull has five on the season, showing she's just as good as dishing out the puck as she is putting it in the net.

She did all this on 11 shots for the weekend series, which is a pretty great return on her efforts.

All the offensive firepower from Turnbull is a welcome sight for a Wisconsin team that wasn't sure exactly where it's scoring would come from. She wasn't necessarily pegged as one of the players that would step into the role; last season Turnbull scored just three goals and tallied five assists. In 2011-12, she had seven goals and seven assists. Obviously, she's well on her way to surpassing both her previous year's totals.

Previously, her most prolific game came against Lindenwood, whom the Badgers host at LaBahn Arena this Friday and Saturday.

The honor by the conference is just Turnbull's second -- she was named WCHA Rookie of the Week in October 2011.

Alex Rigsby was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Oct 9.

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