Weekend Recap: Jan 12 - 13
All 5 NWHL teams played this weekend and Canada brought gold home from the U18 tournament.
Gold medal match: Canada beat the US 3-2 in overtime
This is Canada’s first U18 Gold in four years, and 16-year-old Maddi Wheeler scored the game-winner for them in overtime. Canadian goalie Raygan Kirk was also named MVP of the tournament after she surrendered only nine goals in her four games played.
Bronze medal match: Finland beat Russia 3-0
Finnish goaltender Erica Jaskari faced 25 shots from Russia during the game but managed to turn away all of them.
Additionally, the Czech Republic topped Japan 3-1 and relegated the host country for next year’s Worlds. This means that Japan will drop to the Division 1 Group A. Slovakia earned a promotion to the top division and will replace Japan in 2020.
Sat. Jan. 12
Buffalo Beauts beat Metropolitan Riveters in Buffalo; 5 - 1
- Beauts: Maddie Elia, Hayley Scammura (2), Julianna Iafallo, Kelly Babstock
- Riveters: Madison Packer/
Oh, Rivs. At least you put up a fight— literally. Both Madison Packer and Sarah Casorso left the ice on Saturday with a game misconduct for fighting early in the second period. The Beauts announced before the game that it would be Casorso’s last, as she is retiring mid-season to focus on her personal career.
Boston Pride beat Minnesota Whitecaps in Boston; 5 -4
- Pride: Kaleigh Fratkin, Amanda Pelkey, Jillian Dempsey, McKenna Brand, Denisa Krizova
- Whitecaps: Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Amy Menke, Amy Schlagel, Jonna Curtis/
Curtis notched her sixth goal of the season and Menke found her fourth, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Pride. In fact, this was Boston’s third victory this season over the Whitecaps, who haven’t seemed to figure out how to take on the Pride just yet.
Sun. Jan. 13
Minnesota Whitecaps beat Connecticut Whale in Stamford; 4 - 1
- Whale: Michelle Löwenhielm
- Whitecaps: Jonna Curtis, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Boulier, Amy Menke/
This game was the age-old oceanic tale of whales vs. sharks, which is just what Mother Nature intended. The baby sharks of the NWHL prevailed in their 4-1 victory over Connecticut. Minnesota standout stars Jonna Curtis and Amy Menke must be butter, because they were on a roll this weekend with two goals each.
Sat. Jan. 12
KRS Vanke Rays beat Les Canadiennes de Montreal in Montreal; 4 - 3 in a shootout
- KRS Vanke Rays: Emma Woods, Madison Woo, Alex Caprenter
- Les Canadiennes: Sarah Lefort, Katia Clement-Heydra, Marie-Philip Poulin/
- KRS Vanke Rays: Hannah Miller - no goal
- Les Canadiennes: Hilary Knight - goal/
- KRS Vanke Rays: Emma Woods - no goal
- Les Canadiennes: Katia Clement-Heydra - no goal/
- KRS Vanke Rays: Alex Carpenter - goal
- Les Canadiennes: Marie-Philip Poulin - no goal/
- KRS Vanke Rays: Hanna Bunton - goal
- Les Canadiennes: Ann-Sophie Bettez - no goal/
Who doesn’t love a shootout? Everyone, honestly. Hilary Knight was the only Canadienne who managed to score during this one, leaving the KRS Vanke Rays with the W.
Calgary Inferno beat Toronto Furies in Calgary; 4 - 1
- Furies: Renata Fast
- Inferno: Brianne Jenner, Kelty Apperson, Kacey Bellamy, Katelyn Gosling/
Shea Tiley was peppered with shots, seeing 54 in total, while Annie Belanger saw only 20. As far as high-scoring forwards go, Calgary is truly the team to beat this season.
Sun. Jan. 13
Les Canadiennes beat KRS Vanke Rays; 4 - 0
- KRS Vanke Rays: n/a
- Les Canadiennes: Marie-Philip Poulin, Hilary Knight, Jill Saunier, Olivia Atkinson/
Genevieve Lacasse returned to play on Sunday, stopping all 18 shots she faced while Noora Räty stopped 33 of 37. Lacasse’s shutout secured Montreal’s revenge against the Vanke Rays for the shutout victory on Saturday.
Furies beat Inferno in Calgary; 3 - 0
- Furies: Renata Fast, Shannon Stewart, Natalie Spooner
- Inferno: n/a/
The Furies also had a redemption arc this weekend—goaltender Elaine Chuli stopped 29 shots for a shutout of her own against Calgary.