All-Star Allie Thunstrom Named VEDA Player of the Week
By Mike Murphy
Allie Thunstrom, the NWHL's leading goal-scorer (19), has earned honors as the VEDA Player of the Week.
Thunstrom gets her second nod as the VEDA Player of the Week this season ahead of the 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Boston. She is a favorite to win the Fastest Skater event in the All-Star Skills Competition on Feb. 8th and is expected to be a featured weapon on Team Dempsey in the All-Star Game itself on Feb. 9. Tickets for the events of the 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Boston are available at nwhl.zone/allstar.
Last weekend, Thunstrom extended her goal-scoring streak to four games with two classic performances against the Boston Pride. On Sunday, Thunstrom scored two goals, including a shorthanded tally, and put six shots on goal. It was a thrilling encore to the game-winning goal she scored in the final minute of regulation on Saturday night in front of a sold-out TRIA Rink in St. Paul, MN.
Less than 10 seconds after 2020 NWHL All-Star captain Jillian Dempsey tied the game for the Pride in the final minute of regulation, Thunstrom scored her team-leading third game-winning goal of the season. Thunstrom's goal ended the longest winning streak in NWHL history (19 games) and gave the Whitecaps their ninth win in a span of 10 games. In addition to scoring the game-winning goal, Thunstrom also recorded five shots on goal and earned an assist in Saturday's game, giving her four points on the weekend. For her efforts, Thunstrom was named the first star of Saturday's 4-3 win and the third star of Sunday's 4-2 loss.
Thunstrom leads the league with 19 goals in 20 games this season, which is a single-season NWHL record. She also holds the record for the most points scored in an NWHL season by a Whitecaps player with the 27 points she has piled up in 20 games this year. On Sunday, Thunstrom became just the seventh player in NWHL history to score at least three shorthanded goals in her career and is tied with teammate Meghan Lorence for the league-lead in shorthanded tallies (2) this season.
THE VEDA NWHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOR 2019-20
October 8: Lenka Čurmová, Beauts
October 15: Lexie Laing, Pride
October 22: Lovisa Selander, Pride; Brooke Stacey, Beauts
October 31: Sydney Baldwin, Whitecaps
November 19: Kelsey Neumann, Beauts
November 26: Taylor Accursi, Beauts
December 3: Sam Walther, Riveters
December 10: Kendall Cornine, Riveters; Alyssa Wohlfeiler, Pride
December 17: Audra Richards, Whitecaps
December 24: Allie Thunstrom, Whitecaps
December 31: Madison Packer, Riveters
January 7: Amanda Leveille, Whitecaps; Sam Walther, Riveters
January 14: Kendra Broad, Whale
January 22: Amanda Boulier, Whitecaps; Mallory Souliotis, Pride
January 30: Allie Thunstrom, Whitecaps
Photo Credit: Kristen Burton