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10 Unforgettable CWHL and NWHL Goals

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Jamie Lee Rattray of the Markham Thunder getting a fist bump from a young fan before the 2018 Clarkson Cup Final.
Seyran Mammadov

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.

Captain clutch coming through for Connecticut.
Mike Murphy

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.

Take that, Gatorade.
Mike Murphy

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.

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.

There was nothing the Whale could do to stop Vint on this one.
Mike Murphy

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.

Are you kidding me, Kelli Stack?
Mike Murphy

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.

Field received an invitation to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after this game.
Mike Murphy

Zooming Zuback

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.

Casorso lets loose a laser.
Mike Murphy

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.

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.

Alexa the Great.
Mike Murphy

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?

Stacey making history for the Thunder franchise.
Mike Murphy

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!