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Turnbull and Desbiens earn WCHA weekly honors

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 MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin women's hockey senior captain Blayre Turnbull was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her fourth WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season, the league announced Tuesday.

Turnbull earned her first-career WCHA weekly accolade after netting three power-play goals, a school record, and adding an assist in the No. 3 Badgers' 5-0 Senior Night blanking of No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. The captain recorded two power-play goals in the first period before tacking one on midway through the third stanza.

The Stellarton, Nova Scotia, native was also instrumental in helping the Badgers kill all four of UMD's power-plays, as UW leads the nation in penalty killing with a .968 conversion rate. Turnbull now holds the school record for the most power-play goals in a single game with three, and her two short-handed goals in a single game last year are tied for the most in program history.

Desbiens, the reigning WCHA goaltending champion, was stellar in net, stopping all 43 shots she faced on the weekend to help UW take five of six points against UMD. Desbiens stopped all 23 shots she faced in UW's 0-0 draw on Friday, and stopped three of UMD's four shooters in the shootout to propel UW to the extra league point.

On Saturday night, Desbiens earned her 11th shutout of the year, stopping all 20 shots she faced in Wisconsin's 5-0 triumph. Her 11 shutouts this year are the second-most not only the country, but in program history, as only Jessie Vetter had more during the 2008-09 season, recording 14 blank slates.

A native of La Malbaie, Quebec, Desbiens leads the conference in goals-against average, holding opponents to a 1.13 clip, which ranks third nationally. Her save percentage of .942 ranks fourth in the nation, and her winning percentage of .778 ranks fifth in the NCAA.

Turnbull, Desbiens and the No. 3 Badgers take their talents to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State this weekend. Faceoff on Friday is set for 5 p.m. (CT), while Saturday's series finale begins at 3 p.m. 

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