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Behind the Glass: Accursi Fires Five Past Minnesota

Taylor Accursi has herself a weekend against the Whitecaps

Michelle Jay

Behind the Glass is our weekly column collecting stories, stats, trends, and thoughts from the world of professional women’s hockey.


NWHL

  • Boston Pride rookie goaltender Victoria Hanson earned the first shutout of the 2019-20 season when she turned aside all 18 shots that the Connecticut Whale put on net on Saturday night.
  • Harvard alumna Mary Parker scored a goal in each period against Connecticut to earn her first NWHL career hat trick. Parker is now third in the league in goal scoring with seven goals in nine games. She’s now more than doubled her previous single-season best for goals in an NWHL season (3).
  • Whale rookie goaltender Sonjia Shelly stopped 40 of the 43 shots she faced through the first two periods of Saturday night’s game against the Pride before Boston’s offense took over the game in the third. In 47:49, Shelly faced 51 shots and allowed six goals — including a shorthanded goal scored by Pride captain Jillian Dempsey. Brooke Wolejko entered the game in relief of Shelly and allowed two goals — one of which was scored on a Pride power play — on the seven shots she faced.
  • Buffalo Beauts star winger Taylor Accursi scored three goals in the third period to help her team complete an unlikely comeback against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Sunday afternoon. Accursi also scored two goals in Saturday’s loss, which means she scored five goals against Whitecaps’ goaltender Amanda Leveille in less than 24 hours.
  • Beauts winger Brooke Stacey kept her scoring streak alive by picking up an assist in Buffalo’s come from behind victory over Minnesota on Sunday. She has 12 points in her first eight games in the NWHL, 10 of which are primary.
  • Whitecaps veteran forward Allie Thunstrom had three primary points — including two goals — in Sunday’s game against the Beauts. She now has eight primary points in eight games.

SDHL

  • Luleå Hockey/MSSK goaltender Minatsu Murase shut out Linköping on Nov. 24. Murase stopped all 24 shots she faced in her team’s 4-0 victory. She now has a .929 save percentage in 423:43 of hockey.
  • Lara Stalder scored two goals in the first period against SDE in a losing effort on Nov. 22. Stalder now has 23 goals in 18 games and leads the league in goals and points (35).
  • Leksand Canadian-born forward Brooke Boquist had two goals, including the game-winner, and a secondary assist against SDE on Nov. 23. Boquist now has five points in her first five games of the 2019-20 SDHL season.
  • Boquist’s big game helped Leksand pick up back-to-back wins last weekend, improving their record to 5-11-1. The two wins that Leksand picked up over the weekend were just their third and fourth regulation wins of the 2019-20 season.
  • Djurgården veteran forward and longtime Team Canada staple Jennifer Wakefield scored an unassisted game-winning goal in her team’s 4-1 win over MODO on Nov. 22. Wakefield leads Djurgården in scoring with 14 points in 16 games. Half of her six goals this season have been game-winners.

ZhHL

  • Biryusa had back-to-back 9-goal games over SKSO on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. Valeria Pavlova scored four goals, earned four assists, and put 17 SOG in the two-game series. Pavlova, 26, hasn’t gone more than two games this season without scoring a goal for Biryusa.
  • Agidel Ufa goaltender Anna Prugova earned a shutout against SKIF on Nov. 25. Prugova stopped all 22 shots she faced in Agidel’s 4-0 win. The very next day, Maria Sorokina earned a 24-save shutout of her own in Agidel’s 3-0 win over SKIF. Sorokina now has a .954 save percentage in 538:41 of hockey in the 2019-20 ZhHL season.
  • Agidel Ufa head coach Denis Afinogenev recently earned his 100th regular season victory.
  • Rachel Llanes scored two goals and picked up an assist in the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays’ 5-0 win over HK Tornado on Wednesday. Llanes has six goals in her last six games. She’s now fourth in the ZhHL and second on the Rays in scoring, behind only Team USA star Alex Carpenter.
  • Defender Liana Ganeyeva, 21, scored the overtime game-winning goal for SK Gorny in their 3-2 victory last night over Dynamo St. Petersburg. She leads all ZhHL defenders in scoring this year with 17 points — four of which are goals — in 19 games.

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.