When we were doing our previews for the NWHL teams, we asked how well the Whitecaps would transition into the league. Just a quick reminder, the Whitecaps were already an established franchise, and that this was their first season in the NWHL. It’s pretty fair to say, after six games, that they are one of the best teams in the league and are playing like legit Isobel Cup title contenders.
They are currently in first place, having won all six games that they have played. They have put up the most goals for with 23 and have only allowed nine goals against, for a goal differential of +14. Breaking down their scoring by period, they have scored seven goals in the first period, six goals in the second period, and 10 goals in the third period. So they are getting pretty balanced scoring throughout the game.
Already this season eleven players have found the back of the net for the Whitecaps. Leading the team in scoring is actually a tie with Jonna Curtis and Katie McGovern, both having scored four times. Another 14 players have also found the score sheet, with Lee Stecklein leading the team with six assists. However, it is Jonna Curtis leading the team in points, with nine.
Complimented with their good play, their goaltending has been nothing short of phenomenal. It is Amanda Leveille leading the way having won all six games that she’s played. She has also put up some stellar numbers in all six games, she currently has a 1.50 GAA, a .947 Save Percentage, and she has also posted one shutout. She has truly picked up where she left off having already been named NWHL Goaltender of the Year for 2018.
Currently the Whitecaps have a nice long break, as their next game will be on Saturday December 1st against the Boston Pride in Minnesota.