We saw some amazing goals in both the CWHL and NWHL this season. Unfortunately, not every CWHL game was streamed this season, but we were able to find a couple of gems from the women’s hockey league with a foot in three different countries.
Here are 10 of the very best goals from the CWHL and NWHL 2017-18 seasons.
Honorable Mention: Faber Ties It
Unfortunately, Connecticut Whale fans didn’t get to enjoy a lot of wins or big goals this year, but they were all smiles on Nov. 19, 2017.
Sam Faber banged the game-tying goal past Brittany Ott with a minute left in regulation thanks to a gorgeous setup by rookie Emily Fluke. Connecticut would go on to beat Boston in the shootout.
Trivigno Hates Water Bottles
We saw a lot of great snipes this year in the CWHL and NWHL, but you always have to give bonus points whenever you see someone pop the water bottle. Dana Trivigno of the Boston Pride did just that against the Whale on Dec. 10, 2017. Look at that thing fly.
Rattray’s 100th Career Point
Jamie Lee Rattray scored a ton of goals this season, but the shortie she scored for the Markham Thunder against the Boston Blades, on March 11, 2018, was truly a thing of beauty. Rattray had all the time in the world on her breakaway against Lauren Dahm and, after a big leg pump, she deked to her backhand and scored. That gorgeous goal was also Rattray’s 100th point in the CWHL.
SHORTHANDED GOAL! @ratt26 on the breakaway. She is now only 1 point away from 100 points. #TweetlessLarocque with the great heads up play. @ThunderCWHL leads 4-0 in Boston #CWHL pic.twitter.com/Q95v44aSrJ— Women's Sports Highlights (@WSportHilites) March 11, 2018
Vint’s Kick-to-Stick Power Move
Rebecca Vint is one of the tallest and strongest skaters in women’s hockey, and the Buffalo Beauts forward used both of those traits on this authoritative goal against the Whale this season. She was like a bulldozer with dangles on this one.
Kelli Stack Doing Her Thing
Here we have one of those goals where you can’t help but make goofy sound effects while you watch it. Stack begins this play by showing off her quickness. Then she shows off her silky smooth hands with a dangle. And, finally, she reminds all of us how clever she is by holding onto the puck for a beat before releasing the backhander and scoring for Kunlun Red Star. Truly world class.
Emily Field Is Super Sneaky
Field and Jillian Dempsey were quite the duo this year for the Boston Pride. This pass by Field, in particular, is really as good as it gets. It was creative, bold, and downright filthy.
Brittany Zuback’s goal for the Toronto Furies against the Markham Thunder on Feb. 3 still has us shaking our heads. The move she pulled on her fellow rookie Megan Delay was just nasty, and her backhand finish to beat Erica Howe was as smooth as it gets.
Casorso Sends Buffalo to the ICF
Sarah Casorso brought a lot of offense to Buffalo’s blue line this year, but there’s no debate over what her biggest play of the year was.
Casorso’s rip early in overtime in the Isobel Cup Playoffs semifinal against the Boston Pride sent the Beauts to their third consecutive appearance in the Isobel Cup Final.
Carpy Sends Kunlun to the Clarkson Cup Final
Alex Carpenter may have been a late addition to Kunlun Red Star this year, but she certainly left a lasting impression.
Carpenter’s triple overtime goal to send Kunlun Red Star to the Clarkson Cup Final brought people all over the world out of their seats. It took over 114 minutes of hockey to settle the series between Calgary and Kunlun.
ALEX CARPENTER GETS THE GAME WINNING GOAL AND WE ARE SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/kMtOV0m5Rp— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) March 19, 2018
Alexa Gruschow Can Fly
The most important goal in Riveters franchise history was scored by 2018 NWHL MVP Alexa Gruschow. Gruschow’s second effort, mid-air roofer was not only downright sensational, it also proved to be the goal that won the 2018 Isobel Cup.
Yep, she can fly.
Stacey’s Clarkson Cup Winner
Canadian Olympian Laura Stacey scored an overtime goal against Kunlun Red Star to secure the first Clarkson Cup in Thunder franchise history. This goal is a potent example of how dangerous a good forecheck can be. Also, can we talk about that subtle and gorgeous backhand pass by Nicole Kosta?
Two more angles of Stacey’s big goal:
So, did we leave any great, must-see goals from this year’s CWHL or NWHL action out of our list? Let us know what they are in the comments or by messaging us @TheIceGarden on Twitter!