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Behind the Glass: The Pride Fall and Savolainen Gets Another Hatty

Savolainen has 18 goals in the SDHL this season

Michelle Jay

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


NWHL

  • Allie Thunstrom scored three goals and picked up an assist in the Minnesota Whitecaps weekend series against the Boston Pride. Thunstrom now leads the NWHL with 19 goals at the All-Star break. She’s also the Whitecaps’ leading scorer (27) and has more than doubled her production from last season (12). She is the only player in the NWHL to score a game-winning goal against the Pride this year.
  • Riveters rookie goaltender Dana DeMartino earned the first primary assist by a goaltender in NWHL history on Jan. 26. She is one of just four goalies to record a point in an NWHL regular season game and, although she has yet to start a game, also earned her first career victory on Sunday against the Connecticut Whale.
  • Boston Pride captain Jillian Dempsey became the first player in NWHL history to score 100 points (including playoff scoring). The 2020 NWHL All-Star captain has 93 career points by my count and 94 points by the NWHL count in regular season play. The highest-scoring player in league history had four points over the weekend against the Whitecaps and is now riding a nine-game scoring streak.
  • Whale rookie forward and All-Star Emma Vlasic now has nine goals and zero assists in her first NWHL season. Vlasic has four goals in her last five games and is responsible for more than half of the Whale’s goals in that window.
  • Founding Metropolitan Riveters Ashley Johnston and Kiira Dosdall-Arena both picked up their first points of the 2019-20 season last weekend. Johnston earned an assist in the Riveters 2-1 shootout loss to the Whale on Saturday and Dosdall-Arena notched a helper on Leila Kilduff’s first career NWHL goal on Sunday.

SDHL

  • Center Lova Blom had primary assists on both Djurgården goals in the team’s 2-0 win over SDE on Jan. 29. Blom, 16, has nine points in 25 games this season as a rookie.
  • Hanna Olsson scored her 20th and 21st goals of her season for HV71 on Jan. 26 against MODO. Olsson is now up to 44 points on the season. She leads all HV71 forwards in shots (143). American defender Sidney Morin leads the team with 150 shots on goal.
  • Luleå Hockey/MSSK superstar defender Ronja Savolainen had a hat trick against Göteborg on Jan. 24. Savolainen has 18 goals and 20 assists in 32 games and is second on Luleå in scoring. Her 18 goals leads all SDHL defenders in the 2019-20 season.
  • Lara Stalder had a hat trick against Linköping on Jan. 25. Stalder now has 41 goals in 32 games, surpassing the 39 goals she scored in her rookie SDHL season in 2017-18. She is now six goals shy of Andrea Dalen’s single-season SDHL record of 47 goals from the 2015-16 season.

ZhHL

  • The ZhHL regular season resumes on Feb. 15 and wraps up on Feb. 20. At the moment, Agidel Ufa is poised for a regular season championship with 62 points but the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays trail only by seven points in the standings and they have two games in hand. This one could come down to the wire.
  • Lea Lam, 23, had four primary assists in Shenzhen’s 6-1 victory over SKSO on Jan. 23. On Jan. 22, she picked up two assists in KRS’s 5-0 win over SKSO. Lam now has nine goals and 15 assists through her first 24 games in the ZhHL. She’s third on the team in scoring behind Alex Carpenter (47) and Rachel Llanes (37).
  • Dynamo St. Petersburg’s Varvara Boriskova, 17, had the second multi-point game of her ZhHL career in Dynamo’s losing effort to Biryusa on Jan. 23. Boriskova scored her fourth goal of the season and picked up an assist in the 5-3 loss.
  • SK Gorny All-Star Fanuza Kadirova scored two goals against SKIF on Jan. 23 after her team was trailing 2-0. However SKIF won the game in overtime thanks to a goal scored 1:57 into overtime from the stick of Lydia Malyavko. Kadirova, 21, is SK Gorny’s top scorer with 27 points in 24 games.

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

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