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McCrea, Pankowski cop weekly NCAA awards


Wisconsin Badgers XXXX during an NCAA women's hockey game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday, December 5, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (Photo by David Stluka)

Two California natives – El Cajon’s Alec McCrea and Laguna Hills’ Annie Pankowski – picked up weekly awards in their respective NCAA Division I conferences for the week ending Dec. 7.

McCrea, a freshman defenseman with Cornell University, was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week after leading all league freshmen in scoring while also playing top-four minutes on the blue line in the Big Red’s sweep of Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University.

The former San Diego Jr. Gull posted Cornell’s first three-point effort this season in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Clarkson, which included his first collegiate goal early in the third period. He was also a plus-1 in Friday’s 2-1 win over St. Lawrence.

The rookie defenseman finished with a plus-3 rating for the two games.

Pankowski, a sophomore forward at the University of Wisconsin, was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after tallying three goals, including two game-winners, during the No. 1-ranked Badgers’ sweep of the University of Minnesota.

The former Anaheim Lady Duck ended Friday’s series-opener with the game-winning strike with just 55 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Badgers to a 3-2 victory and snapping UW’s 18-game winless skid against Minnesota.

On Saturday, Pankwoski scored on a breakaway before adding the game-winner in the second period as Wisconsin completed the sweep with a 3-1 triumph.

Pankowski extended her point streak to 21-straight games, which is the fifth-longest in program history and seventh-longest in WCHA annals.