Photos By: Matt Raney
No, they haven’t been named co-winners of the NWHL Player of the Week Award because they did such a fine job selecting teams as captains of the two squads competing in next month’s All-Star Game in Minnesota.
Amanda Leveille and Brittany Ott are this week’s honorees because of their remarkable showdown between the pipes as the Beauts beat the Pride, 1-0, via the shootout after the goalies were perfect for 60 minutes of regulation and five of overtime. In part because of their heroics, the shootout was extended to ten rounds instead of the usual three.
Leveille got the win, stopping all 25 shots she faced during action. For the season, she is 7-4-0 with a 2.77 GAA and .911 save percentage.
“I am both humbled and honored to receive Player of the Week alongside my fellow all-star captain, Brittany Ott,” said Leveille, who played four years at the University of Minnesota. “It was a hard-fought game where both teams demonstrated tremendous heart and passion for the full 65 minutes. Shutouts are a reflection of a full team effort and I’m so proud to be part of this Buffalo team. I’m looking forward to future game action against Brittany.”
Leveille, an Isobel Cup champ with the Beauts last season, is certain to get that when the NWHL takes its All-Star Weekend to Saint Paul, Minnesota on Feb. 10-11.
Ott was equal to the task on Saturday, flawlessly making 47 saves over regulation and overtime. This season, Ott is 2-5-2 with a 2.75 GAA and .909 save percentage. Over the first two seasons of the NWHL, she had a record of 22-3-0 and was an integral part of the Pride’s Isobel Cup-winning team in 2015-16.
“It’s an honor to receive this Player of the Week recognition with fellow goalie and all-star captain, Amanda Leveille,” said Ott. “We knew the game was going to be a battle before the first puck dropped, and it didn’t disappoint. It was awesome to hear the crowd really getting into the game, and it made for a fun and competitive atmosphere. Lev played a really solid game, and she’s been great for her team all season long. It is always a fun and challenging game when she’s at the opposite end of the ice.”
Ott and Leveille will be back at it in Minnesota in two weeks — this time as captains of the NWHL’s All-Star teams. Buy tickets here.