The NWHL announced before the start of this season that the league would be expanding the number of games the teams will play. I want to take a look at the players stats to see how players are taking advantage of the extended schedule and possible expanded roles on their respective teams. Today, we will be looking at the numbers of the Beauts top goal scorer, Taylor Accursi.
Taylor Accursi played her college hockey at Mercyhurst University. She tallied 15 goals and added 23 assists for a total of 38 points, in the four years she played for the program. Which is good for 62nd all time for the program. (According to Elite Prospects.)
She would sign for the, then champion, Buffalo Beauts. In her rookie season, she would manage to dress for 15 games that season, where she would net 6 goals and add 5 assists for a total of 11 points that year. That would land her fourth on the team in points and would place her second on the team in goals. Unfortunately, she would not manage to find the back of the net in the 2 playoff games she played, as the Beauts would be bounced by the Riveters in the finals.
In her sophomore season, she would re-sign with the Beauts. She would suffer a slight dip in her numbers but she put up a respectable 4 goals and would add 2 assists for 6 points on the year. It would tie her for 11th on the team in points and she would also be in a four way tie for 4th on the team in goals, as she was on a pretty stacked Buffalo Beauts team that season. Unfortunately, she would once again not find the back of the net in her 2 playoff games that she would dress for. As once again the Beauts would be defeated in the NWHL finals by the Minnesota Whitecaps.
Accursi would once again re-sign for the Buffalo Beauts returning for her third season with the team. This year, has been an absolute breakout year for her. First, Accursi was named an alternate captain for the Beauts this season, but currently, she is leading the team in terms of goals and points! She has scored 15 goals so far this season, while adding 8 assists for a grand total of 23 points. She is currently producing at a rate of over a point per game, and the Beauts still have 6 more games to play!
An interesting note on how good her season has been this year? She netted her first career hat trick against the Minnesota Whitecaps, but more impressively, she managed to score 4 goals in one period against the Riveters in the NWHL’s first outdoor game in Buffalo. She single-handedly willed her team back into the game, before they unfortunately lost 7-4 that game. Not suprisingly, she was named an NWHL All Star and will be heading to Boston to play for Team Dempsey.
She has definitely taken full advantage of having an expanded schedule. She is primed for many great things for the rest of the year. Maybe another trip to the Isobel Cup finals, as she is 2 for 2 on getting there. I very much look forward to seeing how she’ll do with the remaining 6 games.
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