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Behind the Glass: Dempsey makes history

Jillian Dempsey is the NWHL’s all-time leading goal scorer and other news, notes, and numbers from the last week

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.


  • Six players who dressed for the finale of the 2019 Rivalry Series on Sunday in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena also dressed in Monday’s game between the Boston Pride and Metropolitan Riveters. Four of them picked up points in Boston’s 8-1 victory.
  • Gigi Marvin, who skated with Team USA in the 2019 Rivalry Series, scored two goals in a span of 22 seconds in the final minute of the second period in Monday’s game against the Riveters.
  • In that same game Jillian Dempsey became the NWHL’s all-time leading goal scorer. She has scored 29 goals in 65 regular season games in her four-year NWHL career.
  • Dempsey’s record-setting goal also marked the fourth consecutive season of her scoring at least 14 points. No other player has had that level of consistent production in the league’s history.
  • Kaleigh Fratkin picked up four assists — two of which were primary — against her former team in the Pride’s blowout victory. With the regular season series between the Pride and the Riveters over, Fratkin picked up as many assists in games against the Riveters as she had while playing for the team in her second NWHL season.
  • Prior to her goal against the Pride, Amanda Kessel had played in nine consecutive games without scoring a goal. The nine shots she fired at Katie Burt set a new career-high for Kessel. Her previous career high was an eight-shot performance on Jan. 27 against the Buffalo Beauts.
  • Shiann Darkangelo notched her third two-point game of the 2018-19 season on Saturday. She scored a goal, picked up an assist, and scored again in the shootout against the Markham Thunder. Naturally, she was the first star of the game.
  • Furies defender Carlee Campbell scored her first goal in 37 games in Toronto’s 3-1 win over the Thunder on Sunday. The former CWHL All-Star captain is now one of five CWHL defenders who are 30 or older with a goal in the 2018-19 season. The other four are Kacey Bellamy, Melanie Jue, Jocelyne Larocque, and Baiwei Yu.
  • After their two wins over the Thunder last weekend, the Furies now trail the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays by just five points in the standings. If they win their final three games — two of which are against the Blades — it’s possible that the Furies could squeak into the playoffs as the fourth seed. It’s going to be a very tight race.
  • The Worcester Blades, who are running out of time to find their first win of the season, held a 2-0 lead over Les Canadiennes de Montréal for 14:42 on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Blades, Les Canadiennes scored four straight goals with their depleted lineup and won the game 4-3.
  • Blades defender Meaghan Spurling picked up her first pro point in her 49th career game on Sunday. She was credited with the primary assist on her sister Kaitlin’s third career pro goal.
  • Luleå/MSSK swept AIK in the SDHL’s quarterfinal by out-scoring them 19-0 in three games. Per The Ice Garden’s Meredith Foster, Emma Nordin led Luleå with seven goals and two assists in the series.
  • MODO completed a three-game sweep of their own in the SDHL quarterfinals. MODO out-scored Brynäs 14-5 and, as expected, MODO’s top line of Maja Grundström, Kaitlyn Tougas, and Michela Cava carried the offense. Cava, who scored 27 goals in 36 games in the regular season, scored four goals in the series and picked up assists on all three of MODO’s goals in Game Three.
  • Anna Shokhina will finish the 2018-19 season as the ZhHL’s top scorer. She and Tornado HK play their last game of the season today and Shokhina has a commanding lead in the ZhHL’s scoring race. Her closest competition is Olga Sosina, but Sosina and Agidel Ufa have already finished their regular season games.
  • Agidel finished their regular season by winning all three games they played against last-place SKSO. In that series, Agidel out-scored SKSO 30-1 and Polina Luchnikova and Yekaterina Lebedeva both had eight-point games in the final game of the series.
  • Valera Pavlova finished the 2018-19 ZhHL season with 50 points in 35 games, making her the only player to finish in the top-five in scoring who doesn’t play for Tornado or Agidel. Pavlova scored a hat trick in Biryusa’s final game of the season on Feb. 16.

Data courtesy of Jeff Craig’s CWHL-Tracker, nwhl.zone, thecwhl.com, and the author’s own personal tracking.