Behind the Glass: Daoust doesn’t disappoint

A collection of thoughts, stories, stats, and rumors from the last week of women’s hockey

It’s time for another installment of Behind the Glass, a weekly column collecting stories, rumors and thoughts from the world of professional women’s hockey.

  • We’ve already seen four shutouts from CWHL goaltenders through the first two weeks of the 2018-19 season. One of those four goaltenders is Amanda Makela of the Toronto Furies. Interestingly enough, Makela ended the 2017-18 regular season with a shutout against the Worcester Blades, so she is currently riding a 63-save, 120 minute shutout streak against the Blades franchise.
  • Les Canadiennes de Montréal out-scored the Markham Thunder, the defending Clarkson Cup Champions, by a score of 12-2 in their two-game series that began on Oct. 20. Sure, it was just two games, but Les Canadiennes already have four players with two or more goals.
  • Speaking of goals, Montréal’s Mélodie Daoust leads all CWHL rookies in goals and points through the first two weeks of the season. Daoust has four goals and one assist in four games thus far this year and has scored goals in her last three games. She’s also one of two CWHL players — the other being Jess Jones — who has two or more power play goals thus far this year.
  • Lauren Dahm has yet to earn her first start of the season for the Worcester Blades, but she has faced more shots than rookies Jessica Convery and Mariah Fujimagari. Dahm’s .930 save percentage is also the best on the Blades by a wide margin and one of the best save percentages in the league for a goaltender who was played at least 60 minutes of hockey./
  • The Worcester Blades are the only team in the CWHL that has yet to have a rookie skater pick up a point in the 2018-19 season. The Blades have played 240 minutes of hockey and both of their goals have been scored by Casey Stathopoulos.
  • As of Oct. 25, former Blades forward Kate Leary was leading the SWHL in goals with the 12 she has potted in her first eight games playing pro hockey in Switzerland. In addition to the dozen goals she has scored Leary has also collected five assists for HC Lugano. Please, no one tell the Blades. It would just be cruel.
  • The Blades (0-4-0-0), Metropolitan Riveters (0-5-0), and the Connecticut Whale (0-3-0) are the only pro women’s hockey teams in North America who have yet to win a hockey game. So, which team will be the first to get their first win of the season? Worcester will have two chances to upset the Inferno this weekend and the Riveters will have a chance at their first win on the road against the Boston Pride. The Connecticut Whale don’t play again until Nov. 18.
  • Once again, the Beauts are doing things a little differently than the rest of the NWHL. Yesterday the Beauts announced that rookie forward Jordan Juron is listed as “week-to-week” by the club with an upper-body injury.
  • The power-play goal that Katerina Mrázová scored in the second period of the Whale’s game against the Boston Pride on Oct. 20 was the Whale’s first power-play goal since Amanda Boulier’s PPG on Feb. 18, 2018.
  • Alexa Aramburu picked up a primary assist on Audra Richards’ goal against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Oct. 21. It was Aramburu’s first point with the Riveters and the first point of her pro hockey career. The New Jersey native played in 28 games with the Toronto Furies last season in the CWHL, but was kept out of the box score./
  • The Minnesota Whitecaps are the first NWHL team to have two players earn Player of the Week honors this year. It’s worth noting that the Whitecaps’ skaters get a leg up in terms of counting stats when the team is active because of the team’s schedule.
  • The Pride’s partnership with Warrior Hockey is the latest step by Dani Rylan and the NWHL to branch out in their search of sponsors and partners. With this deal in place, the Whale are the only NWHL franchise that doesn’t have a strategic partnership with an NHL franchise or a unique partnership or sponsorship deal. Hey, does anyone have Mohegan Sun’s phone number?
  • Alba Gonzalo, HV71’s 21 year-old goaltender, has posted a .952 save percentage through 11 games this year in the SDHL. But Gonzalo’s amazing start isn’t the only great goaltending story to come out of the SDHL this week./
  • Kelly Goscinski, president of the Western Washington Female Hockey Association, considers it to be a “no-brainer” to have a pro women’s team in Seattle when the NHL expands to that market. However, we should expect a geographical rival closer in proximity to Minnesota — Detroit, Columbus, Milwaukee, or Pittsburgh — long before we see an NWHL team on the west coast./

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