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Behind the Glass: All-Stars and Playoff Races

Kendall Coyne Schofield is even faster than she was when she looked incredibly fast in San Jose

Michelle Jay

It’s time for another installment of Behind the Glass — the Ice Garden’s weekly column collecting stories, stats, trends, and observations from the world of professional women’s hockey.


  • Kendall Coyne Schofield clocked in at 13.91 seconds in the Fastest Skater event at the 2019 NWHL All-Star Skills Competition. In San Jose, at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, her time was 14.346. For those who are curious: Connor McDavid skated a 13.378 to win the NHL’s Fastest Skater Competition in San Jose.
  • Dani Cameranesi won the NWHL All-Star Accuracy Shooting Competition in Nashville by a margin of 8.25 seconds.
  • According to the data tracking of Michael Wade, Jonna Curtis attempted 10 shots in the second period of the 2019 NWHL All-Star Game. That was more than one-quarter of Team Stecklein’s total shot attempts in the second period.
  • Shannon Szabados became the first goaltender and Canadian to earn MVP honors at an NWHL All-Star Game. She didn’t allow a single goal in the 25 minutes she played.
  • The NWHL All-Star Game’s crowd of 6,120 reportedly set a record for a professional women’s hockey game played in the United States. The 2017 CWHL All-Star Game had an attendance of 8,122.
  • After Saturday’s game in Calgary was postponed due to inclement weather, the Inferno poured 10 goals on the visiting Worcester Blades on Sunday. Blayre Turnbull, Brianna Decker, Rebecca Leslie, and Brianne Jenner all had two-goal games for the Inferno.
  • The Blades have been shutout 11 times this season. That’s more than half of the 21 shutouts that CWHL goalies have posted in 2018-19.
  • Natalie Spooner scored the Toronto Furies’ lone goal against Les Canadiennes de Montréal on Saturday while the Furies were shorthanded. That goal was her 13th of the 2018-19 season, tying her total from the 2016-17 season.
  • Marie-Philip Poulin now has four-straight multi-point games after scoring a goal and an assist against the Furies. She now has 15 multi-point games on the season. To put that in context: Poulin had 10 multi-point games in the 2016-17 season and 14 multi-point games in the 2015-16 season.
  • Jill Saulnier now has points in eight of her last nine games for Montréal. She has more points this season with Les Canadiennes (27) than she had in either of her two seasons with the Calgary Inferno.
  • The SDHL playoffs began on Wednesday.
  • MODO added French forwards Lore Baudrit and Betty Jouanny for the playoffs. Both players played for IF Björklöven (D1) during the regular season. Baudrit, a CWHL alumna, had 50 points in 15 games for Björklöven.
  • Luleå/MSSK’s star defender Johanna Fällman has extended with the SDHL’s top club for two more years. Off the ice, she’ll also be helping “plan, develop, and implement” girls’ hockey camps.
  • The ZhHL regular season wraps up on Feb. 23. With only a three-game series against last place SKSO ahead left on their schedule, Agidel Ufa will finish as the regular season champions.
  • Olga Sosina needs to score seven goals in her last three games of the season to catch Anna Shokhina for the ZhHL’s goal-scoring title this year. Sosina hasn’t led the league in goals since the 2015-16 season.