Behind the Glass: Take Pride in the power play

Notes, trends, and numbers from the world of professional women’s hockey

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

  • Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Markham Thunder, the Calgary Inferno have extended their points streak. Calgary has not lost a game in regulation in 13 consecutive games despite a recent change behind the bench. The Inferno are now on top of the CWHL standings with a 12–1–0–1 record.
  • Brianne Jenner’s three-goal weekend against the Thunder has put her on pace for a new career high for goals in a single season. Jenner’s best season in regards to goal production was in 2009–10, her second in the CWHL, when she scored 11 goals for the Burlington Barracudas. She has eight goals in 14 games this year for Calgary.
  • Last weekend, rookie forward Morgan Turner became the third Blades skater to score at least two goals this season. Turner’s goals against the Toronto Furies were the first and second of her CWHL career. Her goal on Sunday was also the Blades’ first power play goal in six games.
  • The goal that Turner scored at the 5:46 mark of the first period on Saturday’s game against Toronto gave the Blades their third lead of the season. In total, the Blades have led their opponents for 24:26 this season through 15 games of hockey — or 2.71 percent of the season to date.
  • Sarah Nurse of the Toronto Furies now leads all CWHL rookies in goals (8), points (16), power play goals (5), and power play assists (3). She’s also the only CWHL rookie to lead her team in scoring this year. She and Natalie Spooner both have 16 points on the season.
  • Alexa Gruschow’s shorthanded goal on Sunday was not only her first goal of the season, it was also her first goal since scoring the game-winning goal of the 2018 Isobel Cup Final. Gruschow is now the only player in the NWHL with shorties in the last two seasons. She had two shorthanded goals for the Metropolitan Riveters in 2017–18./
  • After Paul Mara’s somewhat infamous expletive-filled objection to the Pride failing to be earn a single power play in a game against the Riveters on Oct. 27, Boston has had 18 power plays in their last five games. More importantly, Boston has had power play goals in four consecutive games and now have the best power play in the league by a wide margin. Yep, that’s pretty f’ing good.
  • Mallory Souliotis of the Boston Pride is currently leading all NWHL defenders in goals this season. She has three goals on 10 shots in six games this year. /
  • We now have six NWHL forwards tied for the league lead in goals — all with six goals. The most recent player to join the group is Katerina Mrázová, who now has six goals in her last five games and has the highest iGF/GP (individual goals) in the league.
  • Hayley Scamurra, who joined the NWHL’s six-goal club on the same day as Mrázová, has the lowest shooting percentage of that group with a 21.4 Sh%. At the NWHL’s holiday break, Scamurra is the league’s top scorer with 13 points in seven games.
  • Connecticut Whale goaltender Meeri Räisänen has a .939 save percentage since she was pulled mid-game on Oct. 13 against the Beauts. In that span she has started in five games for the Whale and never posted a save percentage lower than .903.
  • The lineups for the ZhHL All-Star Game have been announced. Team East will have two forwards, four defenders, and one goaltender (Anna Prugova) from Agidel Ufa. Team West will have three forwards from SK Gorny, including North American imports Tatiana Rafter and Hayley Williams./
  • Luleå Hockey/MSSK is now in second place in the SDHL with 55 points, but Luleå has four games in hand over MODO (58 points). In their only meeting of the season, Luleå defeated MODO 3–2 on Oct. 17. The SDHL’s two top teams will meet again on Dec. 27 and on Dec. 29.
  • Pernilla Winberg is the only Swede among the SDHL’s top-seven point scorers. Winberg is third in points on Linköping HC and her 34 points in 25 GP is tied for seventh in the league with Jenni Hiirikoski./

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