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SCRIVENS: FIRST TRADE IN NWHL HISTORY IS…

Chelsea Laden Shenae Lundberg

NWHL ANNOUNCES FIRST TRADE IN LEAGUE HISTORY
Chelsea Laden to New York, Shenae Lundberg to Connecticut

BY: Jenny Scrivens, NWHL

New York, NY
The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced a trade between the New York Riveters and the Connecticut Whale. The New York Riveters have acquired goaltender Chelsea Laden; the Connecticut Whale have acquired goaltender Shenae Lundberg. While no-trade clauses do exist in the league, neither Laden nor Lundberg has one in her contract.

Chelsea Laden has appeared in one game for the Connecticut Whale on October 18, registering a 2.00 goals against average and .947 save percentage. Shenae Lundberg has logged 28:56 in a relief effort on October 18 and registered a .875 goals against average.

Chelsea Laden will report to the Riveters practice at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, and Shenae Lundberg will report to the Whale’s practice at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

CANTLON: CATCHING UP WITH UCONN

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – You remember the UCONN Huskies of Hockey East?

After a five week hiatus, the Huskies return home to the XL Center with a conference match-up with the University of Vermont Catamounts in a rare 8:30pm starting time because it’s a TV game (NESN, SNY, MASN and ASN). The game will also be broadcast on radio with veteran sportscaster and the voice of Huskies hockey Rich Coppola (WTIC-AM 1080).

The Catamounts will be without their head coach Kevin Sneddon who was suspended by Hockey East for one game because of what they deemed, “inappropriate behavior toward game officials,” from a home game against Providence January 16. Continue reading

DUHAIME: MCLAUGHLIN NWHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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NWHL NEWS: MCLAUGHLIN NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Beauts Goaltender Earned Win In Relief Effort

BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL

New York, NY— The National Women’s Hockey League (www.nwhl.co) today announced that Buffalo Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin has been named Player of the Week.

McLaughlin replaced Kimberly Sass midway through the second period of Sunday’s Beauts-Riveters game with her team trailing 4-2. She made 23 saves on 24 shots over the final 34 minutes of play (regulation and overtime), allowing Buffalo to stage a three goal comeback en route to a 6-5 win. The Beauts goaltender also stopped two of three possible shootout attempts.

McLaughlin will take part in the first annual National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game this weekend in Buffalo.

NWHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 1 (October 11) – Kelli Stack, Connecticut Whale
Week 2 (October 18) – Zoe Hickel , Boston Pride
Week 3 (October 25) – Brianna Decker, Boston Pride
Week 4 (November 15) – Nana Fujimoto, New York Riveters
Week 5 (November 23) – Kelley Steadman, Buffalo Beauts
Week 6 (December 1) – Devon Skeats, Buffalo Beauts
Week 7 (December 8) – Jillian Dempsey, Boston Pride
Week 8 (December 15) – Shiann Darkangelo, Connecticut Whale
Week 9 (December 22) – Hilary Knight, Boston Pride
Week 10 (December 29) – Meghan Fardelmann, New York Riveters
Week 11 (January 3) – Megan Bozek, Buffalo Beauts
Week 12 (January 10) – Danielle Ward, Connecticut Whale
Week 13 (January 17) – Brianne McLaughlin, Buffalo Beauts

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

DUHAIME: NWHL WEEKEND RECAP

NWHL 2NWHL RECAPS: Beauts Come Back From 5-2 Deficit, Boston Tops First Place Connecticut

McLaughlin Picks Up Shootout Win In Relief Effort

BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL

Boston Pride 4, Connecticut Whale 1

The Pride received goals from Hilary Knight, Jordan Smelker, Gigi Marvin and Amanda Pelkey en route to a 4-1 win over the first place Whale. Boston outshot Connecticut 40-25 and goaltender Brittany Ott picked up her league leading eighth win of the season. Tara Tomimoto scored 6:20 into the first period for the Whale’s only goal.

On a day in which Boston kicked-off the NWHL’s #Cards4Denna campaign, Denna Laing’s own #24 won the in-between periods “Chuck-A-Puck.”

Buffalo Beauts 6, New York Riveters 5 (SO)

Trailing 5-2 in the third period, Buffalo staged a dramatic comeback before stunning the Riveters for an overtime victory.

Emily Pfalzer scored a goal and netted the shootout winner, a fitting start to her All-Star Week. Kourtney Kunichika also scored a pair for Buffalo, including the game-tying tally with only minutes remaining in regulation. Brianne McLaughlin made 18 saves, only allowing one goal in relief of starter Kimberly Sass, who left midway through the second period after giving up four goals.

New York scored three power play goals and Morgan Fritz-Ward and Bray Ketchum each netted a pair.  This marks the second time the Riveters have lost a game after carrying a three-goal advantage into the third period (December 13th vs. Connecticut)

NWHL STANDINGS
Connecticut: 11-2-0, 22 points
Boston: 9-3-1, 19 points,
Buffalo: 3-8-2, 8 points
New York 3-8-2, 8 points

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

DUHAIME: BUFFALO AND NEW YORK TO TANGO

NWHLNWHL PREVIEW: BUFFALO’S ALL-STAR CAPTAIN PFALZER, BEAUTS TRAVEL TO NEW YORK

BY: Jake Duhaime NWHL

Who: Buffalo Beauts vs. New York Riveters
When: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 7:00 PM puck drop.
Where: Aviator Sports & Events Center (3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
Broadcast Information: NWHL Cross-Ice Pass
Ticket Information: Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE

Promotional Information: New York City Department of Sanitation Night (DSNY)

What Is the NWHL? The National Women’s Hockey League is the first professional league to pay women to play hockey. The 2015-16 season marks the inaugural campaign for this four team organization and has been extensively covered worldwide.

This game features several Olympic-level players including Team USA captain Meghan Duggan, Megan Bozek and Japanese sensation Nana Fujimoto.

Game Details: The Riveters won the last meeting between these two clubs on December 27, a game in which Meghan Fardelmann notched the first hat trick in club history. Nana Fujimoto is ranked third among NWHL goaltenders in wins with three. She also carries a .909 save percentage.

The Beauts have fond memories of the Aviator Sports & Events Center, having won their first game in franchise history there on November 29. Kelley Steadman is among the league leaders in points (13), goals (9), and stars (4). Buffalo is captained by Emily Pfalzer, who will lead one of the two NWHL All-Star teams during the inaugural NWHL All-Star Game on January 24.

NWHL STANDINGS:
Connecticut: 11-1-0, 22 points
Boston: 8-3-1, 17 points
New York 3-8-1, 7 points,
Buffalo: 2-7-2, 6 points

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

DUHAIME: WARD NAMED NWHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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NWHL NEWS: WARD NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Whale Forward Scored Three Goals, Connecticut Sweeps Weekend Slate

BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL

New York, NY— The National Women’s Hockey League (www.nwhl.co) today announced that Connecticut Whale forward Danielle Ward has been named Player of the Week.

Ward scored three goals in Connecticut’s two victories last weekend, including a pair over a six minutes span during Saturday’s 4-3 win vs. New York. She also opened the scoring in Sunday’s 5-3 victory over Buffalo.

The Whale did not trail at any point throughout the weekend. Connecticut travels to Boston in a battle of the NWHL’s top two teams on January 17.

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NWHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 1 (October 11) – Kelli Stack, Connecticut Whale
Week 2 (October 18) – Zoe Hickel , Boston Pride
Week 3 (October 25) – Brianna Decker, Boston Pride
Week 4 (November 15) – Nana Fujimoto, New York Riveters
Week 5 (November 23) – Kelley Steadman, Buffalo Beauts
Week 6 (December 1) – Devon Skeats, Buffalo Beauts
Week 7 (December 8) – Jillian Dempsey, Boston Pride
Week 8 (December 15) – Shiann Darkangelo, Connecticut Whale
Week 9 (December 22) – Hilary Knight, Boston Pride
Week 10 (December 29) – Meghan Fardelmann, New York Riveters
Week 11 (January 3) – Megan Bozek, Buffalo Beauts
Week 12 (January 10) – Danielle Ward, Connecticut Whale

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: MID WEEK REPORT

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings 

It’s a busy week thus far in the fastest game on ice.

WJC TOURNAMENT

The gold medal game at the World Juniors Tournament had a Hollywood finish.

Kasperi Kapanen (TorontoAHL), son of former Whaler great Sami Kapanen, became the toast of Finland when he scored at 1:33 of overtime giving Finland the 4-3 win over Russia and the gold medal for his country. Coincidentally, Wednesday is already a national holiday in Finland, now they have another reason to celebrate.

Kapanen’s goal was a gorgeous reverse. Kapanen came up the right wing boards, shifted gears and swung behind the net. Russian goalie, Alexander Georgiev, couldn’t move fast enough to catch Kapanen as he swung around the net and put it into the open space between the netminder and the iron. The goal sent the home country fans, with legendary NHL Finns Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu in attendance, into pandemonium.

For Finland, it was the nation’s fourth gold medal in WJC history and second in the past three years.

The Russians did hold a 1-0 lead for two periods on the strength of a Vladislav Kamenev’s (Milwaukee-AHL/Nashville) goal on Russia’s first shot of the game. Continue reading