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The Wraparound: this week in links

Links and the upcoming schedule

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No words just links. Happy Thursday.

NWHL

The NWHL held their fifth All Star Weekend in Boston last weekend. Regular season play resumes this weekend with the Whale visiting the Pride on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The Beauts head to the Riveters for two games that have huge playoff implications as they are duking it out for third and fourth place. They play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

NWHL All-Stars Converge in Boston | Victory Press
Many of the top players in the National Women’s Hockey League came together in Boston, Massachusetts this past weekend for the league’s fifth All-Star Weekend.

In Year Five NWHL Players Still Feel Reason to Play | Boston Herald

Whitecaps find their stride | Minnesota Hockey Magazine
Minnesota riding a wave of second-half momentum with playoffs approaching

Amid NWHL boycott, ‘a little TLC’ going a long way for Boston Pride | ESPN
The Boston Pride own the NWHL’s best record heading into the All-Star break, thanks to the players’ commitment and backing from ownership.

Whale rookie Emma Vlasic has all the makings of a franchise cornerstone in Connecticut - TheHockeyNews
She struggled with confidence in college, but NWHL all-star Emma Vlasic has dazzled with her sharpshooting skills as a rookie. Now, if only the Whale’s leading goal scorer could buy an assist.

Beauts’ Taylor Accursi, aka ‘Celly Queen,’ readies for NWHL All-Star debut – The Buffalo News
Beauts forward Taylor Accursi has scored a team-high 15 goals this season, and after each, she has made sure to celebrate.

PWHPA

The PWHPA has been off the ice for a bit but this weekend, they have a PWHPA Live! 3-on-3 game in Winthrop, Mass., at 2:30 p.m.

Q&A: Annie Pankowski on the NHL’s support of a women’s pro league, Cammi Granato’s inspiration | The Athletic ($)
Annie Pankowski spoke about a number of topics ahead the latest U.S-Canada battle.

NCAA

Polls: TIG // USCHO // USA Today

Women’s D-III: A look at how the NCAA tournament is selected | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Candace Horgan looks at the the selection process for the NCAA tournament and compares it to the current PairWise to see who needs to win their conference tournament and automatic bid, and how the at-large teams are selected.

Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation announces five finalists for 2020 during 25th anniversary celebration | NCAA.com
The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation announced the five finalists for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service.
Two women’s hockey players in among the finalists, including Amanda Conger for literally giving a stranger her kidney in the summer before her senior year of hockey.

Women’s DI College Hockey: Cornell’s Lindsay Browning is following a proven path to success | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Junior goalie Lindsay Browning has found success this season with Cornell by not trying to fix what wasn’t already broken.

In Defense of BC Women’s Hockey - BC Interruption
Yeah, it’s been a struggle. But who can blame them?

How 2018 Patty Kazmaier winner Daryl Watts reinvigorated her hockey passion at Wisconsin
Despite winning women’s hockey’s most prestigious award, Daryl Watts wasn’t happy at BC. At Wisconsin, she has a newfound passion for the game.
I missed this one a few weeks ago but its definitely worth it.

Kaz Watch: Time with USA Hockey Propels Aerin Frankel into Strong Junior Season

Women’s Hockey: How Abby Roque became one of top offensive weapons for Badgers | The Badger Herald
After time spent in local boy’s hockey program, Roque quickly had to adapt to competition at top of women’s collegiate hockey

Women’s D-III weekend wrap Feb. 10: Top teams escape close games | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Several top teams, including No. 1 Plattsburgh and No. 2 Middlebury, had a scare, escaping with one-goal wins, while No. 5 Hamline was surprised by Saint Mary’s in the second of a two-game set, settling for a tie. Oswego continued its strong play with a sweep of two UCHC foes.

Badgers women’s hockey team prepares for ‘totally different’ atmosphere for Fill the Bowl game | madison.com
The second-ranked Badgers have sold more than 11,000 tickets at $2 apiece for Sunday’s game against No. 6 Ohio State, a contest that could double as a Western Collegiate Hockey

USport

Holland College team provides women an opportunity to continue playing competitive hockey | Regional-Sports | Sports | The Chronicle Herald
Emma Dixon and Jacy McMillan played hockey together for years. The best friends started with the Souris Seahawks and then wore the Kings County Kings’ jersey. They won provincials and attended Atlantics.

Top 10 Tuesday | U SPORTS
Concordia remain at No.1 for another week.

Misc

A Hockey Globetrotter Finds Her Showcase at Home | The New York Times
Alex Carpenter took her game to Canada, China and Russia after getting cut from Team U.S.A. before the 2018 Olympics. Now she is wowing in the Rivalry Series against Canada.

Coaching Converts | Minnesota Hockey Journal

Former Princeton women’s hockey captain Laing facing down adversity, has ‘some exciting things coming up’ | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Back on Dec. 31, 2015, Denna Laing took the ice for the 2016 Outdoor Women’s Classic, the first outdoor professional women’s hockey game.

Where do we play from here? Potential markets for women’s hockey expansion | The Ice Garden
Whether it’s the NWHL or a new and different league, these six cities seem like a good place to start.