Wayne State freshman goalie Valery Turcotte won back-to-back starts for the first time in her career as she backstopped Wayne State to 3-1 and 2-1 victories over Quinnipiac last Saturday and Sunday. Subsequently, the 19-year-old Jonquiere, Quebec, native was named College Hockey America's Defensive Player of the Week.
In Saturday’s victory, Turcotte shutout the Bobcats for over 52 minutes before surrending a goal with 7:50 to play in the game. She finished the game with 13 saves. Sunday, Turcotte turned in a 19-save effort, stopping all nine Quinnipiac shots in the third period with the game tied 1-1 before the Warriors scored with 2:23 remaining in the game.
Teammate and classmate Ashley King, a 19-year-old left wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, earned Rookie of the Week honors.
King scored goals just over three minutes apart early in the third period of Friday’s 3-1 win over Quinnipiac, giving her a team-leading 11 goals for the season. Her first goal came just 20 seconds into the final period and gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead. She then scored her first career short-handed goal at the 3:54 mark of the period as WSU took a 3-0 lead. She also contributed four shots on goal to the victory.
In collecting her fifth game-winning goal of the season, King tied for the national lead among freshmen and is tied for fourth overall. Her 11 goals on the season are tied for sixth nationally among freshmen.