Time for another look at some of the best single-game performances in NC Women’s Ice Hockey — the nominees for HERO of the Week!
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Last week, Boston College’s Caitrin Lonergan won your vote after she extended a point streak to nine games, tallying a five-point weekend in a pair of wins over Providence and Syracuse.
Colgate’s Julia Vandyk topped the competition after backstopping her team to victories over Princeton and Quinnipiac. In a 2-0 win over Princeton, Vandyk earned a 29-save shutout, then made 18 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Bobcats.
Who will you choose this week? Take a look at the nominees below.
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Brittany Howard, Robert Morris
Howard, a perennial weekly award-winner, impressed once again after notching six points in a pair of wins over RIT. In Friday’s 6-1 victory, the senior forward tallied two goals and two assists, before grabbing two more goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday’s 5-2 win.
Melissa Samoskevich, Quinnipiac
In a 4-3 victory over Union, Samoskevich tallied a hat trick, with her third and final goal coming a minute into overtime to grab the win for her team. In Saturday’s 2-1 win over RPI, Samoskevich found the back of the net for another game-winning tally.
Alyssa Gorecki, Vermont
The Catamounts split a series with Clarkson over the weekend, with Gorecki leading the charge. In a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights, Gorecki notched her team’s first two goals, including the game-tying marker. Vermont failed to score in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Clarkson.
Lauren Boyle, Ohio State
The defender earned five points over the weekend, scoring two goals and three assists to lead the Buckeyes to a sweep over Minnesota State. In Friday’s 2-1 victory, Boyle assisted on the game-winning tally before scoring two goals and earning two more assists in a 5-3 comeback win on Saturday.
Abbey Miller, Syracuse
In a 2-0 victory over Penn State, Miller recorded her eleventh-career shutout, making 14 saves to earn the win. The next day, the senior netminder posted a 21-save effort to backstop her team to a 2-2 tie with the Nittany Lions.
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Sonjia Shelly, St. Lawrence
Shelly backstopped her team to a 2-1 victory over a previously-unbeaten Boston College team, making 27 saves in the winning effort.
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Aerin Frankel, Northeastern
Making her first collegiate start on Friday, Frankel became the first Northeastern netminder since 2002 to earn a shutout in her first collegiate start, making 20 saves in the 2-0 victory over Merrimack. Frankel then posted a 32-save effort to lead her team to a 1-1 tie against the Warriors.
Erin Deters, Bemidji State
Against St. Cloud State, Deters posted consecutive shutouts to lead her team to a pair of victories. The senior netminder had 20 saves in Friday’s 3-0 win, followed by 18 stops in another 3-0 victory the next day.