NCAA women's hockey: Caitrin Lonergan's prolific week headlines three stars
The NCAA women’s hockey stars of the week had an amazing week, combining to play six games without a loss, including three of which were against ranked teams.
1.) Caitrin Lonergan, Boston College
The Roslindale, Massachusetts native shared the national lead in scoring this week, posting eight points in a 2-0-1 week for the Eagles, including wins over Northeastern and a 1-0-1 series against Boston University. She also led the nation in faceoff wins (40) and plus/minus (+5). On Tuesday against Northeastern, she posted a career-high five points including a hat trick and two assists. Her effort also included the game-winning goal and a shorthanded goal against the Huskies. On Friday, she picked up an assist on Daryl Watts' power-play goal in the 2-2 tie. On Saturday at BU, she had the primary assists on both the game-winning and insurance goals as the Eagles broke the 2-2 deadlock in the third period with the two scores for the 4-2 win.
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2.) Emma Polusny, St. Cloud State
The freshman netminder played in just one game last week, but made sure it count, setting the St. Cloud State record for most saves in a shutout with a career-best 41-stop effort in a scoreless draw at No. 5 Ohio State. Going toe-to-toe with OSU All-American Kassidy Sauvé, the rookie from Mound, Minn. turned aside 11 shots in the first period, 14 in the second, 13 in the third and three more in overtime. Her efforts allowed the Huskies to earn a league point against the Buckeyes, despite being out-shot by a 41-18 margin. Polusny now has a 145:50 scoreless streak and shutouts in back-to-back starts, the first Huskies goaltender to accomplish that feat since Feb. 2006.
3.) Shea Tiley, Clarkson
The Owen Sound, Ontario native allowed just two goals on 52 shots as Clarkson swept 8th-ranked St. Lawrence in a home-and-home series. On Thursday, the senior goaltender made 26 saves in a one-goal win, 2-1. She followed that up with 24 more stops, while allowing only a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-1 victory at St. Lawrence. On the season, she has a 14-3-1 record while posting a 1.26 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.