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Staturday with Mike, 12/17

Michelle Jay

Another Saturday and another amazing week of women’s hockey in North America.

NWHL

  • The Buffalo Beauts are the only NWHL team without an empty-net goal this season. They’re also the only team that doesn’t have a player in the double digits in points.
  • New York Riveters forwards Rebecca Russo and Alexa Gruschow are first and (tied for) second in assists this year. The two rookies play for the lowest-scoring team in the league but they have 14 combined assists through nine games.
  • Connecticut Whale forward Kelly Babstock is now leading the league with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in eight games. Last Sunday she had a hat trick against the Riveters that included a shorthanded goal.
  • Rookie Alex Carpenter leads the Boston Pride in points with 11 points in eight games. Amazingly, only one of her points (an assist) was picked up on the power play. Her two shorthanded goals lead the NWHL.
  • Whale goaltender Nicole Stock is second in the league in wins (five) and save percentage (.927). She is 3-1-0 and has a 2.00 goals against average. Only Boston’s Brittany Ott has better numbers than Stock this year.

CWHL

  • The Boston Blades beat the Toronto Furies in a shootout last weekend. It was their first win since October 18th, 2015 (also against the Furies and also a shootout victory). That’s 411 days. Or one year, one month and 14 days. Or 9,864 hours. Or more than 35 and a half million seconds.
  • Goaltender Charline Labonté of Les Canadiennes has a league-best seven wins this season. Three of those wins have been shutouts, including Saturday’s win over the Calgary Inferno. Labonté has yet to face more than 30 shots in a game this year in her nine appearances.
Michelle Jay
  • Montreal’s Sarah Lefort has scored points (two assists on December 4th against Boston) in just one of her last seven games. But she is still second among all rookie skaters in points.
  • Boston Blades’ forward Kristina Brown has five points in 10 games this year. Last year Brown had four points in 22 games. She is currently second on her team in points behind Kate Leary.
  • Toronto Furies’ rookie defender Carlee Campbell (Eusepi) has assists in three straight games. She leads all CWHL rookie defenders in points and is tied with Brampton’s Laura Fortino for second among all CWHL defenders in points (Cathy Chartrand leads the league with 13).

NCAA Division I

  • Golden Gopher junior Kelly Panek has taken over point lead in the nation. Panek has 31 assists and 40 points in 20 games this year. She has 11 more assists than Jessie Eldridge (Colgate) and Brittany Howard (Robert Morris) who are tied for second in the nation in assists.
  • Laura Bowman of Penn State has seven goals and 11 assists when the Nittany Lions are trailing this year. She is the highest scoring player in the nation when her team is trailing.
  • Jaycee Gebhard of Robert Morris University leads all freshmen in scoring this year. She has 12 power play points (also leads all freshmen) and 23 total points this season.
  • No other program has leaned on a goaltender as much as Minnesota Duluth has leaned on sophomore Maddie Rooney this year. She has been on the ice for 98.8 percent of the team’s total ice time. Through 20 starts Rooney has an amazing .940 save percentage.
  • RIT has allowed more power play goals (27) than any other program in the nation this year. The Tigers have the second-worst PK (75.9 percent) in NCAA Division I women’s hockey. On average they get out-shot by 10.68 shots per game. They have a record of 3-18-1.
  • The University of Wisconsin has out-shot the opposition by an average of 22.65 shots per game this year. They lead the nation in both average shots per game (40.25) and fewest shots allowed per game (17.6). They are 17-2-1 this year and, as a team, allow an average of one goal against per game.