By Hannah Barnes, Athletic Communications Student Intern
MINNEAPOLIS – As the Golden Gophers head into their holiday break from competition, catch up on the last three weeks of Gophers alumni competing in the NWHL and CWHL.
In total, seven University of Minnesota alumni are playing in the NWHL and CWHL this season: Megan Bozek, Jordyn Burns, Amanda Kessel; Amanda Leveille, Gigi Marvin, Milica McMillen, and Anne Schleper are competing in the NWHL while Sarah Davis and Kelly Terry are continuing their CWHL careers. The nine Golden Gophers are among 36 WCHA alumni playing in either the NWHL or CWHL this season.
Calgary Inferno vs. Boston Blades (Nov. 26-27)
Davis and the Calgary Inferno continued their successful season when they swept the Boston Blades at home on Nov. 26-27. Both nights the Inferno had dominant performances, as on Saturday they topped the Blades by a score of 5-1, and on Sunday they won by a score of 9-2. Davis had a strong weekend, as she posted two assists in the 5-1 win on Saturday.
During the second game, the Inferno opened the first period with three goals, followed by five goals in the middle frame, and one goal in the final period.
Toronto Furies at Brampton Thunder (Dec. 3-4)
Terry and the Furies splie a series on the road at Brampton, falling 4-2 in game one before coming back for a 4-1 win in game two of the series. Game one saw Terry score her fourth goal of the year midway through the second period to cut the Thunder's lead to one at 2-1, and she led the team with two points on a goal and an assist in the team's game-two win.
Calgary Inferno at Les Canadiennes Montreal (Dec. 10-11)
Davis and the Inferno lost in a tight 1-0 battle against Les Canadiennes Montreal on December 10. Marie-Philip Poulin’s first period goal held up as the sole tally of the game.
The Inferno continued their road series against Les Canadiennes Montreal, splitting the weekend with a 5-3 win. After the first period, the Inferno held a 2-1 lead, before tallying two more goals in the middle frame. Davis assisted on Bridgette Lacquette’s second period game-winning goal. During the third period, Davis scored her first goal of the season to help the Inferno secure the 5-3 victory.
Boston Blades at Toronto Furies (Dec. 10-11)
Terry and the Furies split a series at home against the Boston Blades, winning 4-3 in game one before falling 3-2 in game two.
Buffalo Beauts at New York Riveters (Dec. 3, 2016)
The Buffalo Beauts topped the New York Riveters in a 5-3 battle on December 3. Leveille made 25 saves in the Beauts victory, and Bozek scored a third-period goal for the team. McMillen registered one shot on goal for the Riveters.
Connecticut Whale at Boston Pride (Dec. 3, 2016)
Marvin and the Boston Pride hosted the Connecticut Whale on December 3, winning 5-2. The Whale scored the sole first period goal, before the Pride erupted for three goals in the second period. Marvin registered three shots on goal during her team’s win.
Boston Pride at New York Riveters (Dec. 4, 2016)
The Boston Pride remained undefeated when they secured a close win over the New York Riveters in a shootout. The Pride started the game by scoring two early goals, before the Riveters cut their lead to one late in the first period. With just over two minutes left in the second period, the Riveters tied the game. The third period and overtime remained scoreless before the Pride won in a four-round shootout. Marvin had one shot on goal for the Pride, and McMillen was in the lineup for the Riveters.
Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale (Dec. 10, 2016)
The Whale hosted their first game of the season on Dec. 10, where they dominated the Beauts by a score of 6-1. The Whale opened the game with four goals, which remained unanswered until late in the second period. Connecticut tallied two more goals in the third period, earning the 6-1 win. Bozek (four shots on goal), Schleper, and Burns were in the lineup for the Beauts, along with Leveille, who backed-up Brianna McLaughlin in the loss.
Connecticut Whale at New York Riveters (Dec. 11, 2016)
The Whale skated to a 4-2 win over the Riveters. The lone Gopher to take the ice in the game was McMillen, who had one shot on goal and was plus-one for the Riveters in the loss.
Gophers in the Pros Roster Breakdown
Boston Pride: Gigi Marvin
Buffalo Beauts: Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper, Jordyn Burns, Amanda Leveille
New York Riveters: Amanda Kessel, Milica McMillen
Calgary: Sarah Davis
Toronto: Kelly Terry
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