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- There’s just no stopping Buffalo Beauts rookie forward Brooke Stacey. She has goals in each of her first five games in the NWHL. Stacey is currently leading the league in goals (6) and is the Beauts’ top scorer.
- University of New Hampshire alumna Marie-Jo Pelletier saved her first NWHL goal for the Beauts’ 5-4 overtime win over the Connecticut Whale. The next day, she scored her second career goal and picked up two primary assists.
- Whale rookie forward Jane Morrisette scored her first and second career goals two minutes apart in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Beauts. Morrisette scored 11 goals in 27 games in her senior season at UMass-Boston in 2018-19.
- Swedish goaltender Lovisa Selander made 82 saves in two games against the Minnesota Whitecaps and posted a .965 save percentage over the weekend. She and the Pride are undefeated in five games this season and her 1.71 GAA is the best among goaltenders who have played at least 60 minutes of hockey this season.
- Beauts alternate captain Taylor Accursi scored power play goals in back-to-back games over the weekend. She now has six power play goals in her career, tying her for fourth all-time in NWHL history.
- Whitecaps defender Amanda Boulier picked up two primary assists on Sunday against the Pride. She now has seven assists and a goal in eight games this season. Boulier had 13 points in 16 games with Minnesota last season.
- Team Granato, led by Kendall Coyne Schofield and Amanda Kessel, won the Magellan Corporation Cup in last weekend’s Dream Gap Tour showcase. They defeated Team Hefford 4-1, with Mélodie Daoust scoring the lone goal for Team Hefford. Megan Keller’s second period goal proved to be the game-winning tally.
- Coyne Schofield had a hat trick against Team Ruggiero on Saturday to become the first player on the Dream Gap Tour with two hatties.
- Lara Stalder had a hat trick against Göteborg on Oct. 20. Through 12 games this season, Stalder has now scored 13 goals and notched nine assists. She and Sanni Hakala of HV71 are the only skaters with more than 10 goals thus far in the 2019-20 SDHL season.
- AIK goaltender Sabina Eriksson, 26, stopped all 28 shots she faced playing against Linköping HC on Oct. 19. Eriksson is in her first season with AIK; she spent the first seven years of her career in the HV71 organization.
- SDE goaltender Lindsey Post, who spent the last two seasons playing with the Calgary Inferno in the CWHL, has a .931 save percentage through her first 364:01 of SDHL hockey. Post and Samantha Ridgewell (Djurgården) are the only two Canadian-born goaltenders in the SDHL this year.
- It appears that Melissa Samoskevich’s time in the SDHL is over.
#SDHL American forward Melissa Samoskevich leaves Brynäs after 8 games to return to the States, citing difficulty in acclimating to Swedish life as part of her decision.— Meredith Foster (@fosterwrites) October 23, 2019
Very interesting, indeed. https://t.co/Yqpg3JIAXE
- HV71 leads the league with a 97.01 percent penalty kill through 12 games of the season. Interestingly enough, HV71 has allowed more shorthanded goals against than power play goals against thus far this season.
- Fanny Rask, 28, leads the SDHL in assists (12) and is second among Swedish-born skaters in scoring, behind Hanna Olsson. Through 11 games this season, Rask has 15 points in her first season with AIK.
- American-born winger Claudia Kepler, 24, scored a hat trick for the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays in their 10-1 rout of SK Gorny on Oct. 23. Kepler played in the SDHL last season and played her collegiate hockey at Wisconsin and Ohio State. She is one of six American-born players on Shenzhen.
- Czech winger Alena Mills, 29, has 10 points in her last five games for Agidel Ufa. She had seven points in her first nine games of the 2019-20 ZhHL season. This is Mills’ second season playing for Agidel and her sixth season in the ZhHL. She recently registered the 500th shot of her ZhHL career.
Алена Миллс в матчах #АгидельСКСО достигла сразу нескольких круглых цифр:— Agidel Ufa (@HCAgidel) October 22, 2019
500 вбрасываний в регулярке за #ЖХКАгидель;
500 бросков в регулярках @whl_ru;
+100 показатель полезности в регулярке ЖХЛ. pic.twitter.com/6u5QUSFxS9
- Through 482:58 of hockey, Kimberly Newell has posted a .940 save percentage while tending goal for Shenzhen. In eight starts this year, Newell has earned two shutouts and has yet to finish a game with a save percentage below .900.
- Nicole Chupkova had one goal in her first 13 games of the season before scoring two goals against SKSO on Oct. 21. Chupkova put a staggering 12 SOG in that game, bringing her average SOG/GP up to 4.57.
- On Oct. 21, SKIF moved then head coach Sergey Filin down to coach the SKIF youth team and promoted youth coach Konstantin Mikhailov to be the new head coach of the senior team. Furthermore, goaltending coach Roman Kupriyanov has left the team. SKIF has started the season with a 5-7-2 record.
All data courtesy of nwhl.zone, whl.khl.ru, stats.swehockey.se, EliteProspects.com, and the author’s own tracking.
Disclosure: The author of this story is currently employed by the NWHL.