News coming out of Connecticut today, as the Whale have re-signed a second player. Abbie Ives will return to the pod to be between the pipes for the team in Season 7.
The Quinnipiac standout had an incredible rookie campaign in the NWHL. In the 4 games she played, she posted a 2-1-0 record. She also tallied a 2.01 GAA and a .936 Save Percentage. She’ll be looking to improve those numbers in her second year, with a full season.
You can check out the full press release here:
ROOKIE STAR ABBIE IVES RE-SIGNS WITH CONNECTICUT
Danbury, CT – The Whale are getting back one of their rising stars in net next season.
Connecticut re-signed goaltender Abbie Ives, who turned heads in her rookie season for the Whale. Ives played in four games for Connecticut during the shortened regular season, posting a 2.01 GAA and a .936 save percentage.
“We are very excited to have Abbie back this season. We only got to see a small sample size of what she is capable of in Lake Placid,” said Whale head coach Colton Orr. “Her love of hockey is apparent as she is always looking to be on the ice and finding ways to improve her game. Abbie is a very athletic goalie with size, speed and confidence. We are looking forward to seeing what she can do throughout an entire season.”
2021 was Ives’ first foray into professional women’s hockey after a four-year NCAA career with the Quinnipiac Bobcats. After playing in six contests her freshman year, the Bedford Falls, N.Y. native started in her remaining three seasons, and was named assistant captain as a senior. She posted a career save percentage of .926, third on the program’s all-time list, and a career goals against average of 1.71, fifth-best in Quinnipiac program history. She also ranks third all-time in career shutouts with 14 total.
“I’m excited to come back a year older and get to work with the players and staff we have,” said Ives on her return to the Whale.
Ives joined a Connecticut team that has historically relied on strong goaltending in seasons past. She immediately made her presence known between the pipes, and established a solid starting point for a team that has improved both its offensive and defensive prowess. She will be a player to watch in the 2021-22 season.
Whale Signing Tracker:
Alyssa Wohlfeiler (F)
Abbie Ives (G)
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