Behind the Glass: Turnbull turns it up

Blayre Turnbull, Rachel Llanes, and Fanuza Kadirova all had big weeks

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  • Jonna Curtis scored the lone goal for the Minnesota Whitecaps — a power play goal — in their 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. She had two of the Whitecaps’ 12 shots in the game. Amanda Boulier and Gophers alumna Nicole Schammel picked up the assists on Curtis’ goal.
  • The Golden Gophers out-shot the Whitecaps 57 to 12 and were able to prevent the pros from scoring at even strength. It’s worth noting that the Whitecaps got on the board first before the Gophers scored five straight goals, including a goal with just three seconds left in regulation.
  • Whitecaps star goaltender Amanda Leveille finished the game with a .912 save percentage. All five of the goals she allowed were scored at even strength.
  • Taylor Heise was named the first star of the game. She buried two goals and picked up a primary assist on Grace Zumwinkle’s second period goal. Zumwinkle nearly out-shot the entire Whitecaps’ team; she finished with 10 shots on goal in addition to picking up a primary assist./


  • Team Poulin smoked Team Jenner by a score of 5-1 to win the PWHPA’s first weekend showcase of the Dream Gap Tour. Mélodie Daoust and Laura Stacey both had two-goal games for Team Poulin in the victory.
  • The standout performance of the PHWPA’s weekend of hockey likely belonged to Blayre Turnbull, who had a hat trick in Team Johnston’s 6-5 shootout win over Team Knox. Turnbull’s third goal of the game was the game-tying goal, which set the stage for Johnston to win the game in the shootout./
  • Turnbull had two two-goal games with the Calgary Inferno in the 2018-19 CWHL season. She had her first multi-goal game as a pro on Feb. 20, 2016 against the Brampton Thunder./


  • Through three games, Lara Stalder has scored seven goals and earned two assists for Brynäs IF. She’s two goals ahead of HV71’s Sanni Hakala, who is one of three players tied in second in scoring in the SDHL with six points in four games.
  • Luleå HF goaltender Sara Grahn has now played 120 minutes of hockey without allowing a goal. She’s stopped 37 total shots to earn two shutouts. Last season, seven of Grahn’s 22 wins were shutouts.
  • Through three games, Leksands IF is averaging 4.0 GA/GP at 5-on-5. Leksands has scored four goals of their own at 5-on-5 and one goal at 4-on-4. Thus far, they’re in the red with a -10 goal differential.
  • HV71’s Hanna Olsson is averaging 5.0 SOG/GP. She has three goals and three assists in four games; three of her six points have been scored on the power play./


  • Rachel Llanes had three primary points in the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays’ 4-3 shootout victory over SKIF. Together, Llanes and Alex Carpenter have combined for six of Shenzhen’s seven goals through the first four games of ZhHL season. Carpenter is now averaging 8.25 SOG/GP./
  • SK Gorny’s Fanuza Kadirova has begun the season with a four-game scoring streak, amassing a total of nine points. Kadirova has had a hand in 47.36 percent of SK Gorny’s goals thus far. She’s currently the ZhHL’s leading scorer.
  • HK Tornado’s Anna Shokhina has scored two goals on 29 shots in her first four games of the 2019-20 season. At this time last year, she had two goals on 14 shots.
  • Goaltender Yelizaveta Kondakova, 22, earned an 18-save — including five saves on Valeria Pavlova — shutout for HK Tornado against Biryusa on Sept. 18. It was the third shutout of her ZhHL career and first since Dec. 4, 2016. /

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