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Behind the Glass: Leary and Richards with three-goal weekends

A special all-NWHL edition of Behind the Glass

Michelle Jay

Behind the Glass is our weekly column collecting stories, stats, trends, and thoughts from the world of professional women’s hockey. The SDHL returns to action today but we are still a month away from the ZhHL season’s return.


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  • Prior to last weekend, Metropolitan Riveters newcomer Kate Leary had earned all 12 of her points at even strength. On Saturday against the Whitecaps, Leary scored two power play goals in the Riveters’ 3-2 shootout win and added a third power play goal in Sunday’s 5-2 defeat. She’s currently on a 10-game point-scoring streak that began with her first game in the NWHL.
  • Veteran winger Madison Packer is another winger riding an impressive point streak. Packer has points in 11 consecutive games to start the season and has piled up 13 total points thus far — 12 of which have been primary. She has never gone more than one game this season without scoring a goal.
  • Audra Richards, the VEDA Player of the Week, scored three goals and picked up a primary assist last weekend against her former team. Prior to last weekend, Richards had three points in the first nine games of the 2019-20 season. Thus far, six of Richards’ seven points this season have been primary.
  • Riveters rookie center Cailey Hutchison had the first multi-point game of her NWHL career against the Whitecaps on Saturday. Hutchison had two secondary assists on Saturday and won 60.0% of her faceoffs over the weekend.
  • Whitecaps star Allie Thunstrom now has points in three consecutive games after going through a stretch where she notched just one point — an assist — in four games. Thunstrom now has 11 points in her first 10 games of the 2019-20 NWHL season after posting 12 points in 16 GP last year.
  • For the first time in her NWHL career, Whitecaps captain Winny Brodt Brown earned points in back-to-back games by picking up two assists over the weekend. She also has blocked a shot in four consecutive games. Brown has tripled her production from the 2018-19 NWHL regular season and now has three points in eight games.
  • With her victory on Sunday, Amanda Leveille now has five wins in the 2019-20 season and 32 career wins in her NWHL career. Leveille entered the 2019-20 NWHL season with a .913 save percentage. Through 10 starts this year she has posted a .907 Sv% and a 2.88 GAA.

All data courtesy of NWHL.zone or the author’s own tracking.

Disclosure: the author of this piece is currently employed by the NWHL.