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Behind the Glass: A Whale of a win and MJP breaks Burke’s record

Michelle Jay

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


NWHL

  • The Connecticut Whale ended their 25-game losing streak on Saturday night against the Metropolitan Riveters. Whale newcomer Kendra Broad scored two goals against the Riveters, including a power-play goal in overtime, to snap the Whale’s winless streak.
  • Before Whale forward/defender Hanna Beattie scored her first career goal this season on Dec. 28, she played 41 regular season games in the NWHL without lighting the lamp. The game-tying goal she buried on Saturday night as Connecticut’s extra attacker was her third goal in three games. Beattie’s streak was snapped on Sunday against the Pride, but she is now one of five players on the Whale with three or more goals.
  • Before scoring two goals against the Whale on Saturday, 2020 NWHL All-Star Kendall Cornine had one goal in her last six games. Cornine has four two-goal games this season and is the Riveters’ leading goal-scorer with 12 goals.
  • Boston Pride captain Jillian Dempsey scored a goal 11 minutes into the third period of Boston’s 4-2 win over the Whale on Sunday. That goal was the 30th point of Dempsey’s 2019-20 season, making her one of just three women in NWHL history to reach that milestone. The other two, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, also hit 30 points as members of the Pride.
  • Beauts’ rookie defender and 2020 NWHL All-Star Marie-Jo Pelletier now holds the NWHL single-season record for power play points in a season. MJP recorded her 11th point on the advantage in her 17th game of the season. The previous record for power play points in an NWHL season was held by former Riveter Courtney Burke (10). Pelletier now has 18 points in 18 games and is tied with Boston’s Kaleigh Fratkin for the lead in scoring among defenders.
  • Beauts goaltender Mariah Fujimagari has allowed five or more goals in six of her last seven starts. The All-Star netminder hasn’t won a game since Nov. 24 and has an .865 save percentage through 670:24 of hockey. She has faced an intimidating average of 37.77 SA60 this season.

SDHL

  • HV71’s Alba Gonzalo earned a 23-save shutout on Friday against AIK. Gonzalo now has five shutouts on the season and leads the SDHL with 18 wins. She has a .922 save percentage in the 1170:24 she has spent between the pipes for HV71 this year.
  • MODO’s Marion Allemoz had two goals and two assists — one primary — in Sunday’s statement 6-4 win over Brynäs. Allemoz scored both of her goals, the first of which proved to be the game-winner, in the second period. She now leads MODO in scoring with nine goals and nine assists in 25 GP.
  • Linnea Hedin scored the overtime winner on the power play in AIK’s 1-0 win over Göteborg HC on Saturday. The goal, Hedin’s fourth of the season, was scored just nine seconds into AIK’s power play in sudden death. Hedin leads all AIK defenders in SOG (52) and has just one assist in addition to her four goals this season.
  • Luleå Hockey/MSSK is 11-1 in their last 12 games after their 7-2 rout of Brynäs on Sunday. Luleå hasn’t lost a game since Dec. 20 and they are now 10 points behind HV71 in the SDHL standings with a record of 21-6-1 (19-6-1-1-1-0).

ZhHL

  • Team East defeated Team West in the 2020 ZhHL All-Star Game by a final score of 4-1. Of the four goalies who saw action in the game, Agidel Ufa’s Anna Prugova had the best performance. She stopped all 24 shots she faced in 30:17 of hockey — Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays netminder Kimberly Newell played the second half of the game and stopped 19 of the 20 shots she saw.
  • Valeria Pavlova scored the game-winning goal for Team East and was one of three players in the game with two points. Pavlova had four shots on goal and set up the first goal of the game, earning a primary assist.

All data courtesy of NWHL.zone, sdhl.se, EliteProspects.com, or the author’s own tracking.

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