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CWHL/NWHL Round Up: Dec. 5 – 6

CWHL/NWHL Round Up: Dec. 5 – 6

It was a wild week in the CWHL and the NWHL. There were seven games between the two leagues and 61 goals were scored. That’s an average of 8.7 goals per game, if you’re keeping count. There was a game with a final score of 9-5, one at 7-6, and one at 6-5. No game saw fewer than four non-shootout goals.

It was worse in the CWHL, where 38 goals were scored in the four games. Only two of seven CWHL goalies posted a save percentage over .900: Erica Howe (.23/25, .920) and Genevieve Lacasse (91/100, .910). Lacasse has now faced 45 or more shots in nine of her twelve games. She averages more than 48 shots faced.

The official CWHL stats are available at CWHL.ca and the official NWHL stats at NWHL.co, although NWHL stats are still not completely corrected. The league has been listening, though. They have engaged Carolyn Wilke to track and fix their statistics, including but not limited to shot counts. It takes some time for this to be accomplished, but when it’s done we will have better statistical information for the goaltenders.

In the meantime, for this past week the NWHL’s official counts were close to other sources but still inaccurate. In the Saturday, Dec. 5, game between the Boston Pride and Buffalo Beauts, Brittany Ott came in to relieve Lauren Slebodnick about five minutes into the third period, but this is not recorded on the official box score.

Luckily, it doesn’t affect this week’s Three Stars, which I present without further delay.

3. Genevieve Lacasse, Boston Blades (CWHL)
As noted above and in previous weeks, Lacasse has been heroic for the Boston Blades. To face the demands she has been facing, especially when playing every single game for the Blades, and post the second best save percentage in the CWHL for the week, is remarkable.

2. Jaimie Leonoff, Connecticut Whale (NWHL)
Leonoff backstopped the Whale to their seventh win of the season, keeping them the only undefeated team in the women’s pro circuit. She faced 27 shots from the Beauts, giving up only two goals and allowing the Whale to complete a comeback. She also has a wicked outlet pass that finally got her an assist on the game-tying goal.

1. Jenny Scrivens, New York Riveters (NWHL)
Scrivens started her first game in six years after Nana Fujimoto joined Shenae Lundberg on the Riveters injured list last week. The rust was visible, but Scrivens nonetheless kept the Riveters in the game against the league’s most potent offense. The Riveters pulled her for an extra skater in the third and then gave up two empty netters to Hilary Knight, but without Scrivens’s work they wouldn’t have gotten there. Officially she saved 30 of 32 shots, but Connor and Mike Murphy, who track Riveters games manually, counted 35 shots against Scrivens.

Keep an eye on

  • Amanda Makela, Buffalo Beauts, (NWHL)
    Makela has shown nice growth since she got into her first game on Nov. 22, and it’s showing in her stats. In terms of both her technique and her reads, she showed enough improvement that the Beauts ought to feel confident giving her more ice time. She stood tall against the Boston Pride on Saturday when Brianne McLaughlin was pulled and nearly handed Connecticut their first defeat on Sunday.
  • All Star Game Announcements
    Four goalies were drafted for the inaugural NWHL All Star Game on Wednesday: Nana Fujimoto, Jaimie Leonoff, Brianne McLaughlin, and Brittany Ott. You can check the rosters and vote for your fan favorites  at the league’s website. The NWHL ASG will be January 23 and 24 in Buffalo.The CWHL All Star Game will also be Jan 23 and 24 in Toronto. The details and roster were announced last week. Fans will be able to vote for captains at CWHL.co, starting December 15, and I shouldn’t have to remind anyone that goalie captains can be pretty pretty pretty great.

In reality, Genevieve Lacasse deserves all the votes, because come on.

  • Nana Fujimoto, New York Riveters (NWHL)
    Fujimoto appears ready to return to game action, if this from Riveters goalie coach Jonathan de Castro is any indication. And she’ll be sporting new pads when she does. The Riveters and their fans will be glad to see her back.

 

About The Author

Clare Austin

Clare Austin is a reluctant "stats nerd" living in Nashville, where she has never worn a cowboy hat or boots.