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Staturday with Mike, 1/14

Mike Murphy

After a brief holiday hiatus, it’s time to dive back into the spreadsheets.

NWHL

  • The Connecticut Whale have the league’s two best faceoff women. And they both play on their top line.
  • Beauts’ forward Corinne Buie now has five power play goals this year. Her closest competition are rookies Milica McMillen and Emily Janiga who both have two goals on the PP.
  • Rookie goaltender Amanda Leveille faced 99 shots in her first five appearances with the Beauts. Last Sunday she earned her third win of the year after facing 65 shots (she stopped 60 of them).
Connor Murphy
  • Eight of the 85 (or 9.4 percent) even strength goals scored in the NWHL this year have been unassisted.
  • Buffalo played with just 12 skaters last weekend on the road in Connecticut. The Whale had 15 including Meghan Huertas who scored a power play goal in her NWHL debut.

CWHL

  • Bailey Bram has been unstoppable for the Inferno. December’s player of the month has nine points in her last five games. Bram picked up a goal and two assists last weekend in two games in Calgary.
  • Brampton’s Jess Jones just keeps piling up points on the power play. Eight of her 22 points this season have come on the man advantage.
  • Ann-Sophe Bettez has five goals in her last three games. She’s riding a six game point streak where she has piled up 14 points with Les Canadiennes. Before her recent hot streak she was scoreless for four straight games in November.
  • Kate Leary has quietly had an outstanding rookie season with the Blades. She has nearly twice the amount of goals that Boston’s leading goal scorer had last season.
  • The Thunder and the Blades are the only CWHL teams without a shorthanded goal this year. The only defenders to score shorties this year are rookies Renata Fast from Toronto and Katelyn Gosling from Calgary.

NCAA Division I

  • Robert Morris’ Brittany Howard has moved into second place in the nation in points (35) behind Kelly Pannek. Howard and her teammate Jaycee Gebhard are tied for second in the NCAA in power play points.
  • Junior defender Dakota Derrer from Syracuse is the most black and blue player in women’s college hockey. She leads the nation in penalties taken (22) and is fifth in the nation in blocked shots.
  • New York Riveters’ draft pick Kelsey Koelzer leads all defenders in shots per game this year (4.70). Princeton’s star also leads all blueliners in assists and points this year. Koelzer is one of three Tigers with a hat trick this season.
Koelzer doing her thing with the Tigers.
  • Madison Litchfield is only 5’4” but she has the best save percentage (.942) and goals against average (1.48) in Hockey East. She has a record of 5-2-3 this year and her amazing save percentage has not been buoyed by a shutout.
  • Colgate has the best power play and penalty kill in the ECAC. 32.4 percent of their goals this season have come from a power play driven by forwards Jessie Eldridge and Lauren Wildfang.