The NWHL’s All Star Team was named the other day and there are five players headed to Nashville this season for the Connecticut Whale. Last year the Whale had four players at the All Star Game in Minnesota, and it was Kelly Babstock, Sydney Rossman, Sam Faber, and Amanda Boulier who went.
The Whale players playing for Lee Stecklein’s team will be captain Emily Fluke and Michelle Löwenhielm.
The Whale players playing for Shannon Szabados’s team will be Meeri Räisänen, leading scorer Katerina Mrázová, and Shannon Doyle.
Let’s take a look at the stats that got them there.
Voted to the All Star Game via fan vote; in the six games played so far this season, she has tallied a goal and has two assists for three points. While not the most stellar of numbers, she has been one of the hardest working forwards on the top line.
In her first season in the NWHL; in the six games she has played, she has done really well. She is still waiting for that elusive first goal, but she has registered three assists. Including a sweet assist to Mrázová while the Whale were shorthanded against the Riveters.
She has quite honestly been one of the Whale’s best players all season long. In the six games she has started, she has gone 2-3-1, with a 2.72 GAA and a .918 save percentage. In her last game, she recorded a shutout on her birthday.
In the six games she has played, she has been one of the Whale’s best defenders on the ice, blocking numerous shots. She has also recorded two goals this season, both goals came in her last three games, including a late game winner against the Riveters.
In her first season in the NWHL, in the six games she has played, she leads the team in goals and points. She has tallied five goals and two assists for seven points. She also leads the team in shots on goal with 22. Two of her five goals have been on the power play. Also, one goal came while the team was shorthanded against the Riveters.
Congrats to all the players selected, it is absolutely well deserved!
NWHL All Star graphics courtesy of the NWHL. Special Thanks to Chris Botta for permission for the use of the NWHL graphics.