‘Tis the season for college commitments. In October, many young women officially took the leap and committed to playing in college next season. These are just a few stand outs from a largely talented group.
Olivia Kilberg, F, University of Vermont
Olivia Kilberg spent her 2015-16 season playing for the Edina Hornets in Edina, Minn. In her junior season, she managed 19 points in 30 games played, highlighted by two massive goals scored in a section playoffs game against the Wayzata Trojans. The Hornets would advance to state after winning that game 6-0. Her ability to show up in big games will be much appreciated by a Vermont team that’s looking to be more of a contender. Kilberg will play her 2016-17 season with the Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps.
Kenzie Wylie, D, St. Cloud State University
Like Kilberg, Kenzie Wylie also has a history of coming through in important games. She scored a power play goal last year in a section playoff game that would help the Blaine Bengals of Blaine, Minn. win 4-0 over Rogers. That goal was the icing on the cake of a fantastic season for Wylie, who finished the season with a +33 rating.
Elizabeth Giguère, F , Clarkson University
Elizabeth Giguère has quite the resumé despite her young age. She’s represented her home province of Quebec in numerous tournaments throughout Canada, and she’s represented Canada in a U18 women’s championship, a team that also featured current Gopher sophomore Sarah Potomak. Currently, Giguère plays for Limoulou Hockey Féminin in Quebec, which is a team in a Canadian Division I league. There is no doubt she’ll be prepared for the NCAA next season.
Abby Shirley, F, University of Saskatchewan
While many tend to focus on NCAA, Canadian schools are worth mentioning too. One standout commit who will continue playing in Canada is Abby Shirley. Shirley currently plays for the Saskatoon Stars, and in seven games played so far this season, she already has seven points.
Amy Potomak, F, University of Minnesota
The Ice Garden has already written about Amy Potomak committing to Minnesota, but here are some highlights. Potomak grew up training and playing on teams with her sister Sarah, including a U18 National Championship. The younger Potomak was also named MVP of a later national championship, and she’s been invited to train with Team Canada. In seven games played this season with the Pacific Steelers, she has 15 points.