Photo By Michelle Jay
After allowing just two goals over back-to-back wins this weekend over the Boston Pride, Katie Fitzgerald of the Metropolitan Riveters has been named the NWHL Player of the Week.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized among the amazing talent in this league,” Fitzgerald wrote in an email Sunday night after receiving the news. “It was an awesome weekend and really tested us as a group. It was great to see the work ethic and character on both the Riveters and Pride with the home-and-home series. It was another example of what makes the NWHL so great and why I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Fitzgerald’s Riveters defeated the Pride, 5-1, in Boston on Saturday and 2-1 in Newark on Sunday. For the weekend, Fitzgerald made 41 saves on 43 shots.
One of many MVPs so far this season for the undefeated Riveters, Fitzgerald has started every game for her team and has a 10-0 record with a 1.40 GAA and .940 save percentage. She has made 218 saves on the season and allowed only 14 goals.
And this is coming off a 2016-17 season in which Fitzgerald was selected by NWHL media as Goaltender of the Year. The 5-foot-10 Fitzgerald played four years at St. Cloud State University before joining the NWHL in 2016.
“The league, the franchise and my teammates have helped me become a better player and person,” said Fitzgerald. “When I graduated, I felt like I wasn’t done with hockey. The NWHL enables me to continue to pursue my passion, and I’ve learned so much.”