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NWHL Prospect Pipeline- Week 2

By Reid Nichols, 10/03/17, 10:00AM EDT


Photo by: Northeastern Athletics

3 Stars of the Week

3. Julia Fedeski (D), University of New Hampshire

  • Fedeski scored the game tying goal on Friday’s exhibition game versus the Nepean Junior Wildcats (PWHL). After Nepean jumped out to a lead in the first period, Fedeski tied the game up in the second period on the power play, helping UNH win 2-1. In addition, Fedeski recorded four shots on goal and had an even plus-minus rating.

2. Amy Schlagel (D), University of New Hampshire

  • Schlagel led UNH to their 2-1 exhibition win over Nepean with the game winning goal. Her goal came with six minutes left in the third period on the power play. Schlagel also had five shots on goal and an even plus-minus rating.

1. Taylar Cianfarano (F), Quinnipiac University

  • In Quinnipiac’s second game of the weekend, Cianfarano had both primary assists on the team’s two goals in their 4-2 loss to the University of Maine. Cianfarano’s two assists helped Quinnipiac erase Maine’s 2-0 lead in the second period. The second assist came on the power play. Cianfarano also recorded 5 shots on net and a -2 plus-minus rating while winning 13 out of 19 face-offs in the loss. 

Getting to Know McKenna Brand

         McKenna Brand is a forward at Northeastern from Nevis Minnesota. Before college, Brand played hockey at the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA), where she helped her team win back-to-back Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) championships in 2012 and 2013, as well as the U-19 Challenge Cup Championship in 2014. Her Freshman year at Northeastern, Brand recorded 18 points as she was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. She also was named a Hockey East Pro-Ambitions Co-Rookie of the Week in November.  Brand improved her Sophomore as she recorded 21 points.

            Last year, Brand finished first on her team in goals with 23 and second on the team in points with 38. Her accolades included Hockey East First-Team All-Star, Hockey East All-Academic Team, and New England Hockey Writers’ Division I All-Star. Brand was also named Hockey East Player of the Week in January. This year, she will be finishing her degree in health sciences with the hopes of becoming a physiotherapist. Brand was drafted by the New York Riveters in the 3rd round of the NWHL draft during the summer.

Must See Matchup

Last week’s must see matchup, Clarkson vs. Northeastern, featured one tie and one commanding win by Clarkson. In the game on Friday, Northeastern opened the scoring before Clarkson struck in the third period to send the game to overtime. A scoreless overtime lead to a 1-1 tie. The next day, Clarkson came out with a vengeance, scoring four unanswered goals. One of those goals was unassisted and scored by Savannah Harmon, a Buffalo Beauts draft pick. Northeastern managed one goal in the second period. Clarkson added one more later on to make the final score 5-1.

This week’s must see matchup is between Boston University and Northeastern. These two teams will play two games over the weekend in a matchup that features six NWHL draft picks. Victoria Bach, Rebecca Leslie, and Nina Rodgers of BU will take on McKenna Brand, Lauren Kelly, and Denisa Krizova of Northeastern. After a quiet weekend by the NWHL prospects on Northeastern, we will see if they can make some noise against BU.

Player POS College GP G A
McKenna Brand Forward Northeastern 2 0 0
Taylar Cianfarano Forward Quinnipiac 2 0 2
Julia Fedeski Defenseman University of New Hampshire 1 exhibition game 1 0
Savannah Harmon Defenseman Clarkson 2 1 0
Lauren Kelly Defenseman Northeastern 2 0 0
Denisa Krizova Forward Northeastern 2 0 0
Kennedy Marchment Forward St. Lawrence 1 exhibition game 0 1
Annika Zalewski Forward Colgate 1 exhibition game 0 0