Behind the Glass is our weekly column collecting stories, stats, trends, and thoughts from the world of professional women’s hockey.
- Veteran Buffalo Beauts goaltender Kelsey Neumann recorded her first 60-minute win with a 41-save performance against the Connecticut Whale on Sunday. Neumann has earned two wins this season and now has a .923 save percentage. She earned VEDA Player of the Week Honors for her performance.
- Brooke Stacey’s goal-scoring streak came to an end in Boston on Saturday night, but she picked up assists in both of Buffalo’s games last weekend. Stacey now has points in each of her first seven games in the NWHL, including four separate two-point performances.
- Pride defender Kaleigh Fratkin had three assists against the Beauts on Saturday night to earn her second three-point performance of the season. Fratkin now has 11 points through the Pride’s first eight games of the season, which is good for the second-highest scoring season of her NWHL career. She’s currently tied with Minnesota’s Amanda Boulier for the league lead in assists (9) among defenders and leads all blueliners in scoring.
You know things are going well for @TheBostonPride when @fratkin13 has 3 assists and 5 SOG in a single game and it flies under the radar.— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) November 18, 2019
Fratkin now leads all @NWHL defenders in scoring (11 points) and has turned in three multi-point performances in 8 GP.
- Pride forwards McKenna Brand and Mary Parker each had a two-goal game against the Beauts on Saturday night. The brace of goals that Parker picked up on Saturday brought her up to four goals in her last four games. Her last two-goal game in the NWHL came against the Riveters on Feb. 18, 2019. The Pride now have seven skaters with four or more goals through the first eight games of the 2019-20 season.
- Second-year Whale forward Kayla Meneghin now has three goals in four games this season. Prior to the 2019-20 season. She scored the Whale’s lone goal on Sunday to spoil Neumann’s shutout and finished the game with three shots on goal.
- Kaycie Anderson was finally on the ice for her first 5-on-5 goal against this season in the Whale’s 3-1 loss to the Beauts on Sunday. Anderson’s +6 5-on-5 goal differential is the best on Connecticut by a significant margin.
- Linköping has now lost seven games in a row (two of which were shootout losses). Linköping were dismantled by HV71 by a score of 7-0 yesterday and to put just 16 shots on net for Alba Gonzalo to stop while surrendering 59 shots of their own.
- HV71’s Sanni Hakala and Anna Borgqvist both had two-goal games in HV71’s rout over Linköping yesterday. Hakala now has 13 goals through 17 games this season and only one of her goals has been scored on the power play. Borgqvist’s 58.89 FO% is the best on the team by a wide margin. Her two-goal game on Wednesday brought her season total up to five goals in 19 games.
- Rachael Smith (Göteborg) failed to convert on a penalty shot in Göteborg’s 6-0 loss to SDE on Nov. 17. Smith, who played her collegiate hockey at Mercyhurst and St. Lawrence universities, is still searching for her first point in the SDHL. SDE goaltender Lindsey Post stopped all 39 shots she faced in the game, including Smith’s penalty shot which came near the end of the first period.
- Veteran defender Ida Boman registered her first point of the 2019-20 season when she scored a goal in Luleå Hockey/MSSK’s 7-1 win over Leksand on Nov. 15. Boman hasn’t scored more than one goal in a season since the 2014-15 campaign. She finished the 2018-19 season with one goal and three assists in 33 games.
- Erika Grahm scored her fourth goal of the season for Brynäs on Nov. 17 in a 4-1 victory over MODO. Grahm led Brynäs in scoring last year with 30 points — 11 of which were goals — in 34 games. Her goal against MODO brought her up to 15 points in 14 games in 2019-20. Grahm is currently fifth in scoring on the club this year, behind Brynäs’ four star free agent signings (Lara Stalder, Denisa Křížová, Kateřina Mrázová, and Michela Cava).
- Canadian forward Kennedy Marchment scored two shorthanded goals for HV71 in their 6-1 victory over AIK on Nov. 17. Marchment is now up to 17 goals and 15 assists in 19 games to lead HV71 in scoring. She and Stalder are the only two players in the league with three shorthanded goals.
- Star winger Lyudmila Belyakova made her return to the ZhHL and HK Tornado from maternity leave. Belyakova, who played in the NWHL with the then-New York Riveters, scored a goal and earned an assist in her first game back on Nov. 13. In her third game back in the ZhHL, Belyakova recorded a hat trick against Biryusa. Through four games with Tornado she’s averaging a blistering 8.25 SOG/GP.
- On Nov. 18 against SKIF, Team USA defender Megan Bozek scored her first ZhHL goal. The following day she recorded her first multi-point game by potting her second goal and picking up a primary assist on an Alex Carpenter goal. The Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays are 4-0-0 since Bozek joined the club in mid-November.
- Alina Narudinova (SKSO) picked up three assists and put three SOG against Dynamo St. Petersburg in an 8-3 loss to snap an 11-game scoring drought. Narudinova, 18, started the season with five points in her first six games.
- Veteran Czech forward Alena Mills scored two goals and picked up an assist in Agidel’s 6-0 win over SK Gorny on Nov. 18; she picked up another goal the following day. Mills now has 23 points in 18 games for the defending champions.
- Daria Beloglazova, 19, had a four-goal game for Dynamo St. Petersburg on Nov. 19 against SKSO. Beloglazova now has 10 goals and three assists in her first 18 games of the season, which is a new career-best for her in a single season. Thanks to that four-goal explosion her shooting percentage is now a lofty 17.86%.
- Biryusa’s Yekaterina Dobrodeyeva, 19, has points in seven of her last eight games. She’s now up to 16 points in 18 games and is tied with Anna Timofeyeva for second on Biryusa in scoring, behind Valeria Pavlova.
All data courtesy of sdhl.se, stats.swehockey.se, nwhl.zone, sdhl.se, whl.khl.ru, EliteProspects.com, and the author’s own tracking.
Disclosure: the author of this piece is currently employed by the NWHL.