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Sojung Shin recorded her first professional win, and the second shutout in team history, helping to lead the New York Riveters to a 2-0 road win over the Connecticut Whale. The win elevates the Riveters into a second-place tie with the Whale as the NWHL breaks for the holidays.
Shin stopped all 27 shots she faced in backstopping her squad to the victory over a depleted Connecticut team. “Toward the end of the game, things got a little hectic in our D-zone at times and the Whale had some good opportunities,” Riveters’ forward/defender Rebecca Morse said of her teammate.
“Despite that, there was never any panic in our game, which was largely due to our goaltender. Junger has been playing with a lot of confidence lately - for example, coming far out of the net to play the puck. You don’t do that if you’re not 100% confident in yourself and I think the whole team is behind her and trusts her to make a good play in those situations.
“I’m really happy to see Junger win player of the week, she’s a great goalie and a very hard worker,” said Rivs’ blueliner Kaleigh Fratkin. “The fact that both of our goalies have now had shutouts this season shows that we have deep goaltending compared to other teams in the league. It’s a heck of a lot easier as a defender when you have goalies who are as talented and hard working as ours.”
“As always, Sojung played her calm and efficient style of goaltending,” fellow Riveters’ goalie Sarah Bryant said. “She rarely has to make spectacular saves because she sees the puck well and stays in position. Sojung is a pleasure to watch, a wonderful goalie partner, and I’m proud of her for earning a well-deserved first shutout.”
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