NCAA women's hockey: Impressive goalie performances headline week's top players
The NCAA Women’s Hockey Stars of the Week feature two outstanding goaltender performances in addition to Boston University’s Victoria Bach making an appearance for the second straight week.
1) Jessica Convery, Minnesota Duluth
The Commerce Township, Michigan native backstopped Minnesota Duluth to the Windjammer Classic title, stopping 49-of-51 shots as the Bulldogs upset No. 2 Colgate and defeated host Vermont. One of only three goaltenders in the country with two wins last week, she led the WCHA with a .961 save percentage (her 1.00 goals-against average was tops among league goalies with two starts). Facing a Colgate team that entered the game ranked fourth among D-I schools by averaging 3.86 goals per game, Convery turned aside 25-of-26 shots and pitched a shutout for the first 59:37 of a 4-1, UMD victory. The senior netminder then made 25 saves in the tournament championship against the Catamounts, keeping the Bulldogs tied at 1-1 until Emma Yanko’s game-winner with 1:38 remaining in regulation.
2) Victoria Bach, Boston University
For the second straight weekend, Bach led the nation with five goals thanks to a hat trick in Friday’s 5-2 victory against Minnesota State. The Milton, Ontario native also scored both of the Terriers’ goals in a 4-2 loss to No. 1 ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. She finished the weekend with six points on five goals and an assist to go along with 14 shots on goal and a +4 rating. She is the team’s leading scorer on the season with 26 points on 15 goals, which is second in the nation, and 11 assists.
3) Aerin Frankel, Northeastern
The freshman goaltender tied a career high with 39 saves on 41 shots in backstopping Northeastern to a 3-2 upset of previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Wisconsin on Friday. The Briarcliff Manor, New York native made 30 saves over the final two periods as the Badgers held a 41-18 shot advantage overall. The win was NU's second-ever victory over a No. 1 ranked opponent in program history (Jan. 5, 2001 vs. Dartmouth). Frankel is now 3-2-1 on the season with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.