NCAA women's ice hockey: Robert Morris' Brittany Howard leads three stars
The NCAA Hockey women’s stars of the week combined for a perfect 6-0 record, while compiling an impressive 15 points on 10 goals and five assists.
1.) Brittany Howard, Robert Morris
The senior forward from St. Thomas, Ontario tied for the nation’s lead in points (6) and goals (4) in leading Robert Morris to a conference sweep of RIT. She totaled four goals and two assists in the two contests, including a two-goal, two-assist performance in Friday's 6-1 victory. She notched the game-winning goal on Saturday, the 15th of her career. Howard is currently on a four-game point, and three-game goal streak. On the season, she has 23 points on a nation’s-leading 14 goals and nine assists.
2.) Lauren Boyle, Ohio State
Boyle, a blue-liner, earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading all league skaters with five points. The junior from Eden Prairie, Minn. tallied two goals and three assists, along with a plus-4 rating, helping No. 5 Ohio State to a sweep of visiting Minnesota State. In Friday’s 2-1 triumph, Boyle had two blocked shots and assisted on the game-winning goal. She then doubled that total Saturday, picking up four points on two goals and two helpers in the Buckeyes’ 5-3, comeback victory. For the season, she has eight points on three goals and five assists.
3.) Melissa Samsokevich, Quinnipiac
Samoskevich led a depleted Quinnipiac line-up to two conference victories last weekend. The Bobcats were the only team in ECAC Hockey to win two league games. The junior forward from Sandy Hook, Connecticut recorded a hat trick on Friday night against Union, with the final goal coming just over a minute into overtime to win the game for the Bobcats. She also scored the game winning goal the next day against RPI. For the weekend, she finished with four goals, two of them game-winners, on 16 shots on goal.