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NWHL Prospect Pipeline- Week 11

By Reid Nichols, 12/05/17, 10:30AM EST


3 Stars of the Week

3. Victoria Bach (F), Boston University, New York Riveters (7th overall, 2017)

  • Bach enjoyed yet another productive week with seven points in three games. On Tuesday’s (11/28) 6-4 win over Brown, Bach produced two goals and three assists for an impressive total of five points. She also had 13 shots on net and a plus two plus-minus rating. Her second goal came on the power play and was the game winner in the third period. Over the weekend, Bach tallied one assist on Friday and another assist on Saturday. Both games were against Boston College as BU tied one game and lost the other. Bach recorded a total of ten shots on goal between the two games.

2. Lauren Kelly (D), Northeastern University, Boston Pride (16th overall, 2017)

  • Kelly more than doubled her points total on the season with four points this weekend. Kelly tallied one goal for Northeastern during Tuesday’s 7-3 loss against Boston College. Kelly was then quiet on Friday’s loss to the University of New Hampshire before breaking out with three points on Sunday to help head Northeastern to a 5-3 win over UNH. Kelly’s two goals both came on the power play with the second one standing as the game winner. She also assisted on Northeastern’s fifth goal to help extend their lead.

1. Rebecca Leslie (F), Boston University, New York Riveters (19th overall, 2017)

  • Leslie totaled eight points in three games for Boston University this week. Four of those points came during a midweek victory over Brown. She recorded two goals, two assists, six shots on net and a plus two plus-minus rating. Her second assist came on Bach’s game winning goal while her second goal extended BU’s lead in the third period. Leslie stayed productive over the weekend against Boston College. On Friday’s tie versus BC, Leslie factored into both of BU’s goal with a goal and an assist. She also had four shots on goal and a plus one plus-minus rating. Despite the loss on Saturday, Leslie scored BU’s only two goals of the game. She opened up the scoring and tied the game 2-2 on the power play before BC came away with the victory.

Getting to Know Denisa Krizova

Krizova is a forward playing for Northeastern. She was drafted over the summer in the NWHL draft 13th overall by the Connecticut Whale. Krizova is from Homi Cerekev, Czech Republic, making her the only non-North American player drafted into the NWHL this past summer and the first Czech to be drafted. Despite being from the Czech Republic, Krizova moved to the United States in high school to attend the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, New York. Each of her three years at NSA, Krizova was named a Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) All-Star. In 2014, Krizova helped the Czech Republic National Team to a 5-0 record during round robin play. As a Freshman at Northeastern, Krizova finished second on the team in both points with 35 and goals with 22. At the end of the season, she was named to the USCHO All-Rookie Team as well as the WHEA Pro-Ambitions All-Rookie Team. Krizova continued her productivity during her Sophomore year as she led all Sophomores in the nation with 59 points. She also was first on her team in game winning goals with five and second on the team in plus-minus with a plus 54 rating. Additionally, her 39 assists during the season were the third most in program history. Krizova ended the season as a second-team WHEA All-Star.

 Last season, Krizova tallied 44 points, good for 13th in the nation. She also led the team in assists with 26. This season, Krizova is off to a solid start with 17 points in 21 games. Krizova will graduate from Northeastern at the end of the school year and looks forward to representing the Czech Republic in the NWHL.

           Must See Matchup

Last week’s must see matchup between Boston College and Boston University featured two close games. On Friday, the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Three of the four goals in the game were scored by NWHL draft picks. Rebecca Leslie, a New York Riveter draft pick, opened the scoring for BU. Her goal was assisted by Victoria Bach, another Riveter draft pick. BC evened the score in the second period before Nina Rodgers, a Connecticut Whale draft pick, scored on the power play to put BU ahead 2-1. Rodgers goal was assisted by Leslie. BC tied the game later in the third period with a goal by Toni Ann Miano, a Riveters draft pick. Katie Burt, a Boston Pride draft pick was solid in net for BC with a 0.944 save percentage. The next day, BC came out with a 4-2 win. Leslie opened up the scoring for BU again with a goal assisted by Bach. BC added two goals in the second period to take the lead before Leslie scored again to tie the game. BC then scored twice in the third period to win the game. Burt had another strong game as she picked up the win with a 0.923 save percentage.

This week’s must see matchup is between Robert Morris and Colgate. The two teams face off in a non-conference game featuring two Buffalo Beauts draft picks. Brittany Howard of Robert Morris was selected 10th overall by the Beauts while Annika Zalewski of Colgate was picked one round later at 14th overall by the Beauts.


  • Brittany Howard of Robert Morris University was named the CHA Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks as she scored three goals last weekend in two games against Ohio State. Howard was drafted 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts this past summer.

Week 11 Stats

Player POS College GP G A
Victoria Bach Forward Boston University 3 2 5
McKenna Brand Forward Northeastern University 3 2 3
Taylar Cinfarano Forward Quinnipiac University DNP DNP DNP
Sam Donovan Forward Brown University 3 1 1
Julia Fedeski Defense University of New Hampshire 2 0 0
Savannah Harmon Defense Clarkson University 2 0 2
Brittany Howard Forward Robert Morris University 2 0 2
Lauren Kelly Defense Northeastern University 3 2 2
Kenzie Kent Forward Boston College 3 1 3
Denisa Krizova Forward Northeastern University 3 0 4
Lexie Laing Forward Harvard University DNP DNP DNP
Rebecca Leslie Forward Boston University 3 5 3
Kennedy Marchment Forward St. Lawrence 2 0 1
Toni Ann Miano Defense Boston College 3 1 0
Eden Murray Forward Yale University DNP DNP DNP
Nina Rodgers Forward Boston University 2 1 0
Amy Schlagel Defense University of New Hampshire 2 1 0
Mallory Souliotis Defense Yale University 2 0 3
Annika Zalewski Forward Colgate University 2 0 1
Player POS College GP GAA SV%
Katie Burt Goalie Boston College 3 2.33 .929