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Women’s College Hockey: Week 6 NWHL Prospect Report

The Ice Garden’s weekly update on the NWHL’s 2016 draftees

Captain Anastos matches NCAA record as BC sweeps UConn
Michelle Jay

Week 6 saw dueling shutdown efforts between both goaltenders in this draft class in Desbiens and Rossman, as well as two WCHA and HE forwards going at it with offensive eruptions in Cameranesi and Anastos.

Week 6’s Top Prospect scoring four goals in two games is Connecticut Whale draft pick Andie Anastos. Anastos narrowly edges out Cameranesi as a result of matching the NCAA single game record for power play goals with three.

Get the low down on Anastos’ play and the rest of the 2016 NWHL Draft prospects in this week’s review:

1. Kelsey Koelzer, D, Princeton — New York Riveters

· This Week: 2GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 10SOG – 4PIM

Princeton would probably like to see more points from Koelzer, especially after a 1-1 tie against Yale on Saturday. Although she didn’t score a goal this week, Koelzer did keep up the shots on net and continued to contribute defensively.

· Season To Date: 4GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 19SOG – 4PIM

2. Lee Stecklein, D, Minnesota — Buffalo Beauts

· This Week: 1GP - 0G - 1A - 1PT - 2SOG - 0PIM

With a homestand vs. St. Cloud State starting on Thursday, Stecklein was able to get in game one before Four Nations obligations whisked her away. She picked up a primary assist on Kelly Pannek’s goal, which was the fifth of the 5-2 win.

· Season To Date: 9GP – 0G – 6A – 6PTS – 18SOG – 6PIM

3. Dani Cameranesi, F, Minnesota — Connecticut Whale

· This Week: 2GP - 3G -3A - 6PTS - 11SOG - 0PIM

After going five games without a goal, the writing was on the wall for a breakout against unranked St. Cloud State. Out of the 8GF scored this past week, Cameranesi scored or assisted on six of them for 75% offensive involvement. She has now moved into a three-way tie for third in points in the NCAA.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 7G – 8A – 15PTS – 52SOG – 8PIM

4. Ann-Renée Desbiens, G, Wisconsin — Boston Pride

· This Week: 2GP: 2W-0L-0T; 1GA - 27SV - 28SHOTS - .964SVS% - 1SHO

Like clockwork, Desbiens picked up her fourth shutout of the season. She is still undefeated with 9 wins on the season. Desbiens is day-to-day after a hit to the head late in game two. Minnesota State defender Anna Keys was suspended one game for making head contact with the Badgers’ goaltender.

· Season To Date: 10GP: 9W-0L-1T; 9GA – 148SV – 157SHOTS – .943SVS% – 4SHO

5. Sydney Daniels, F, Harvard — New York Riveters

· This Week: 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 8SOG – 2PIM

After a terrific game against Dartmouth to start the season, Daniels and Harvard struggled against two top 10 opponents - Clarkson and Saint Lawrence. The Crimson were shut out in both of their games last week, so Daniels was not alone in not recording any points. Harvard has a tough schedule throughout November and they’ll need to figure out how to convert on opportunities against top teams.

· Season To Date: 3GP – 3G – 0A – 3PTS – 15SOG – 8PIM

6. Cayley Mercer, F, Clarkson— Buffalo Beauts

· This Week: 2GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 12SOG – 2PIM

Mercer was an important factor in Clarkson’s two decisive wins last week. She scored twice against Harvard, including the GWG, and she picked up an assist against Dartmouth. Mercer has had a couple slow games this season, but for the most part she has been consistent and productive.

· Season To Date: 8GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 39SOG - 6PIM

7. Andie Anastos, F, Boston College — Connecticut Whale

· This Week: 2GP – 4G – 0A – 4PTS – 10SOG - 0PIM

Anastos was the star in BC’s two wins over UConn over the weekend. She recorded a hat trick on Friday and a single goal on Saturday. Anastos’ hat trick goals were all scored on the power play, matching the NCAA single-game record for power play goals. This was Anastos’ second career hat trick.

· Season To Date: 8GP – 5G – 3A – 8PTS – 21SOG - 4PIM

8. Sarah Nurse, F, Wisconsin— Boston Pride

· This Week: 2GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 4SOG - 0PIM

Nurse slowing down offensively still entails her scoring a point per game. Though the Badgers didn’t need a lot of attacking firepower, allowing only 1GA in the series, Nurse had both of her points in game one’s 3-0 defeat. Averaging 5.6 shots per game before heading into this series, Nurse and co. need to figure out how/why she was held to one shot on goal in game two.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 9G – 4A – 13PTS – 49SOG – 6PIM

9. Jenny Ryan, D, Wisconsin— New York Riveters

· This Week: 2GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 5SOG - 2PIM

After scoring only two points in her first five games, Ryan has spiked her contributions with four points in her last five and at plus-13, she leads the team. Her game one goal was a game winner on the power play, while her game two assist was a primary feed to D partner Channell.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 29SOG – 4PIM

10. Hayley Scamurra, F, Northeastern— Buffalo Beauts

· This Week: 2GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 9SOG – 2PIM

Scamurra found her offensive groove last week after a slow start to the season. She recorded three points, a goal and two assists, in Northeastern’s win over BU. Scamurra’s goal was a shorthanded GWG. She also picked up an assist the Huskies’ loss to Merrimack. Scamurra also had a strong defensive week, recording five blocks in two games.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 37SOG - 14PIM

11. Mellissa Channell, D, Wisconsin — Connecticut Whale

· This Week: 2GP - 1G - 0A - 1PT - 4SOG - 0PIM

Channell picked up an even strength goal in game two to help the Badgers to a 3-1 win over Minnesota State. Averaging two shots per game was a healthy increase for Channell, after coming into the series with an .88 shots per game average.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS – 11SOG – 8PIM

12. Ashleigh Brykaliuk, F, Minnesota-Duluth — Boston Pride

· This Week: 2GP - 1G - 1A - 2PTS - 9SOG - 0PIM

Brykaliuk fared a little better than teammate Stalder, by a hair with both points coming in game one’s win. Despite being tied for the team lead in power play goals, she acquired both of her points at even strength.

· Season To Date: 10GP - 6G - 6A - 12PTS - 34SOG - 0PIM

13. Sydney McKibbon, F, Wisconsin — New York Riveters

· This Week: 2GP - 0G - 2A - 2PTS - 6SOG - 0PIM

McKibbon showed chemistry with linemate Nurse in game one, picking up both of her assists in Wisconsin’s 3-0 shutout win. With Wisconsin currently having six goal scorers with three or four goals on the season, McKibbon is a lead candidate to step up as the No. 2 trigger behind Nurse, who has nine.

· Season To Date: 10GP – 3G – 8A – 11PTS – 32SOG – 0PIM

14. Emma Woods, F, Quinnipiac — Buffalo Beauts

· This Week: 2GP - 0G - 4A - 4PTS - 6SOG - 0PIM

Woods didn’t score any goals over the weekend, but she did have her most offensively productive week yet. Woods recorded two assists in both of Quinnipiac’s wins. She is now tied for the team lead in assists with eight, and she’s third on the team in points.

· Season To Date: 10GP - 3G - 5A - 8PTS - 28SOG - 2PIM

15. Paige Savage, F, Northeastern — Connecticut Whale

· This Week: 2GP - 0G - 2A - 2PTS - 7SOG - 2PIM

Savage had another slow offensive week last week, although she did pick up an assist in each of Northeastern’s games. Savage is good at setting up plays, and she will need to continue to do so as the Huskies work to find their identity without Kendall Coyne.

· Season To Date: 10GP - 2G - 7A - 9PTS - 27SOG - 6PIM

16. Halli Krzyzaniak, D, North Dakota — Boston Pride

· This Week: 2GP - 0G - 2A - 2PTS - 7SOG - 0PIM

After a stifling series against Wisconsin last week that saw her go pointless with only 2SOG, Krzyzaniak rebounded against Bemidji State. Both of her assists came in game one; one was a primary assist on Hallie Theodosopoulos’ first goal and the other was a secondary assist on the game winner.

· Season To Date: 10GP - 1G - 4A - 5PTS - 21SOG - 4PIM

17. Amy Menke, F, North Dakota — New York Riveters

· This Week: 2GP - 2G - 1A - 3PTS - 9SOG - 2PIM

Menke exploded offensively in game one versus the Beavers, effectively setting the tone for the series. The Fighting Hawks took the opportunity to upend Bemidji State in the polls, and they can thank their assistant captain for stepping up early on.

· Season To Date: 8GP - 1G - 6A - 7PTS - 29SOG - 15PIM

18. Maddie Elia, F, Boston University — Buffalo Beauts

· This Week: No games

Elia had an eventful game last week, recording a goal, an assist, and five penalties in BU’s loss to Northeastern. The Terriers have been struggling this season, but Elia has been fairly consistent in providing offense. She is tied for second on the team in points and is third in goals.

· Season To Date: 7GP - 5G - 4A - 9PTS - 29SOG - 16PIM

19. Sydney Rossman, G, Quinnipiac — Connecticut Whale

· This Week: 2GP - 2W-0L-0T; 1GA - 27SV - 28SHOTS - .979SVS% - 1SHO

Rossman continue to impress in net after a strong showing against Yale and an easy game against Brown. She made 24 saves on 25 shots in Quinnipiac’s 4-1 victory over Yale, and then saved all three shots she faced against Brown. Rossman’s goaltending will be extra important this weekend when the Bobcats face Clarkson and Saint Lawrence.

· Season To Date: 10GP - 7W-2L-1T; 12GA - 179SV - 291SHOTS - .937SVS% - 6SHO

20. Lara Stalder, F, Minnesota-Duluth — Boston Pride

· This Week: 2GP - 1G - 0A - 1PTS - 12SOG - 4PIM

Stalder continued to struggle as predicted in last week’s edition, only scoring one goal. That goal, however, was the game winner in game one. Despite the cold streak, she shouldn’t be feeling much pressure as the 6-2-2 Bulldogs had secondary scoring kick in overdrive to give them both wins over the Buckeyes.

· Season To Date: 8GP - 6G - 7A - 13PTS - 44SOG - 4PIM