PHOTO CRED: Michelle Jay
This past Saturday in the Boston Pride’s home opener, forward Amanda Pelkey lit up Warrior Ice Arena with a game-winning shootout goal to clinch a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Beauts, allowing the Pride to remain undefeated so far this season.
Those who know Pelkey expected nothing less of the 23-year-old from the University of Vermont, where she finished all-time leader in goals (49), assists (56) and points (105), as well as being named the team MVP and co-captain.
Pelkey has thrived in the international scene as well, where she was selected to represent Team USA in several international contests, winning gold in 1 IIHF World Championship this past summer and 2 Four Nation Cups, in addition to the 2 golds and 1 silver she won at the U18 IIHF World Championships.
During the inaugural NWHL season last year, Pelkey became the second player to officially sign with an NWHL franchise, and the first player to sign with the Pride. Positioned as an agile player with a knack for finding the back of the net, General Hayley Moore was thrilled to bring Pelkey on board. Coach Bobby Jay, who had worked with Amanda in National Team camps, also saw in her an exceptional teammate and a very coachable player.
Indeed, she did not disappoint. In her first season, Pelkey recorded 10 points (7g, 3a) and added 4 points (1g, 3a) in the playoffs, helping her team to the first ever Isobel Cup Championship.
This past Saturday, Pelkey commented on what went through her mind when the Buffalo Beauts managed to tie up the game late in the third period, forcing an overtime and an eventual shootout.
“We’re very confident in our abilities to bounce back,” said Pelkey. “None of us were worried. I even said out loud ‘there is no doubt in my mind that we are going to get one back in this game.’” It is this mindset that Pelkey’s teammates and coaches admire so much about her, and something that will prove essential in the defending champions’ pursuit of a return trip to the Isobel Cup Finals.