Notebook: Hot Hand
HOT HAND: Junior forward Sonny Watrous was an integral part of Providence College's two victories last week as she had a hand in six of the Friars' eight goals. Watrous earned HOCKEY EAST Player of the Week honors as Providence extended its winning streak to five games with victories over Yale and Brown.
|Providence's Sonny Watrous. (Providence)|
Watrous, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., scored a goal and assist on the game-winning in Friday's 3-1 win against the Bulldogs, while she contributed a goal and three assists against the Bears in a 5-3 win. She leads the Friars with eight goals and ranks 14th in the nation with 1.38 points per game.
SAINTLY SEASON: St. Lawrence University remained unbeaten on the season after handing Connecticut a pair of losses in non-conference action, extending the Saints' best start to a season in school history with an 11-0-2 mark.
Sophomore forward Sabrina Harbec helped the Saints to the sweep with seven points in two games, earning ECAC Hockey League Player of the Week honors. Harbec had a part in five goals in St. Lawrence's 6-1 win on Friday, scoring one goal and assisting on four others, and followed it up with one goal and one assist in a 4-0 victory on Saturday.
Harbec leads the top-ranked Saints with 22 points and 14 assists. She ranks third in the nation with 1.69 points per game, and fifth in the NCAA statistics with 1.08 assists per game.
ALL-AROUND EFFORT: Minnesota Duluth swept the Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly awards after defeating Harvard in a pair of 6-1 games last weekend. The No. 2 Bulldogs improved their winning streak to six games with the victories, and kept their home record perfect at 8-0-0.
Junior forward Noemie Marin led the way for the Bulldogs with seven points, including two goals in each game, as she provided the offensive spark. Marin, who is riding a seven-game point-scoring streak, was selected as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. She is leading point-scorer in the nation with 2.17 per game.
Freshman forward Michaela Lanzl added some more firepower, contributing five points in the sweep as she earned Rookie of the Week honors. Lanzl netted three goals and two assists as she extended her goal-scoring streak to four games. She leads the nation with 1.15 goals per game, while Marin follows with 1.08.
Rachel Drazan was named the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Week with two assists in Friday's win and the game-winning tally on Saturday.
SHUTTING 'EM DOWN: Sophomore goaltender Brit Kehler led Minnesota State to a pair of shutout victories over St. Cloud State in WCHA action as the Mavericks improved their winning streak to four games.
Kehler fended off 30 shots in a 3-0 win on Friday and 26 shots in a 2-0 victory on Saturday as she became the school's career leader in shutouts with seven.
She also helped increase the Mavericks' penalty-kill percentage to .890 as Minnesota State denied nine power-play opportunities and earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time of her career for her efforts. She ranks fourth in the nation with a .927 save percentage, and seventh with a 1.60 goals against average.
The Mavericks, now 9-4-1 on the season, have equaled last year's win total after just 14 games.