Annie Pankowski is a forward from Laguna Hills, CA playing for the University of Wisconsin. Pankowski joined the Badgers after averaging two points-per-game at the North American Hockey Academy in 2014, recording 32 points in just 16 games. Prior to her final year at NAHA, Pankowski put up an astounding 58 goals and 44 assists for 102 points in just 31 games while serving as captain during the 2012-13 season.
The offensive production wouldn’t stop once Pankowski arrived in Madison for the 2014-15 season, as she scored more than a point-per-game as a freshman with 21 goals and 22 assists totaling 43 points in 39 games.
Pankowski’s sophomore season with the Badgers remains her most productive season to date, as she would record 22 goals along with 36 assists for 58 points in 40 games, her second season in a row leading the Badgers in points since joining the team. She would lead Wisconsin in points for a third straight year in 2016-17, with a career high 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points in just 36 games. With Pankowski’s help, Wisconsin would advance all the way to the 2017 National Championship game, only to fall 3-0 to Clarkson.
Pankowski chose to redshirt the 2017-18 season, instead choosing to compete for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. However, Pankowski would end up being the final cut for Team USA. Internationally, Pankowski has played in two IIHF Women’s World Championships, winning back-to-back gold medals in 2015 and 2016. Pankowski also finished first with Team USA in three straight Four Nations Cups (2016, 2017, 2018) and won a silver medal with Team USA in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championships.
This season, Pankowski leads the Badgers in points again, just as she did in the three seasons she’s played at Wisconsin. Pankowski has put up 11 goals and 9 assists for 20 points in 16 games so far this year, with five of those points coming in Wisconsin’s last two games, two wins against Syracuse University. On Saturday, Pankowski would score her tenth goal of the year, en route to a 6-1 win. She would follow up that performance with a four point game on Sunday, leading the way to a 9-1 Badgers victory. Pankowski has found chemistry with fellow redshirt senior Emily Clark this season, assisting on four of Clark’s 11 goals this season, including every goal in Clark’s hat trick against Syracuse on Sunday. Clark hasn’t been shy about returning the favor to her teammate, assisting on four of Pankowski’s 11 goals on the year.
Emily Clark (F), University of Wisconsin: The aforementioned Clark found the back of the net three times in Sunday’s win over Syracuse, recording her first hat trick of the season. Clark is up to six goals and five assists for 11 points in 11 games this season after returning to Wisconsin after choosing to redshirt the 2017-18 season to play for Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Cassidy MacPherson (F), Providence: MacPherson has had success finding the back of the net recently, putting up four goals in her last three games, including two multi-goal games. MacPherson is up to seven goals this season, along with six assists for the Friars, who continue to have success this season with a 13-3-0 record.
Shae Labbe (F), Colgate: Labbe has been a key contributor in Colgate’s last two games, as the Raiders were able to pick up wins against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. In a 4-1 win against Clarkson, Labbe scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season, including the game-winning goal. She would add another goal and an assist the next game, a 5-1 win against St. Lawrence. Labbe is up to nine goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 16 games.
Marlene Boissonnault (G), Cornell: Boissonnault has been a brick wall in net over the last week, leading the way for Cornell in its wins against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Against St. Lawrence, Boissonnault was flawless between the pipes, stopping all 18 shots the Saints put on net. In Cornell’s second game of the weekend, Boissonnault stopped 19 out of 20 shots from Clarkson, picking up her sixth win of the season. The New Brunswick native is now 6-1-3 with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.
Shae Labbe has been named ECAC Player of the Week after scoring three goals and an assist for the week ending in Dec. 2, 2018. Labbe’s three goals over the weekend put her up to 50 for her career, as she helped lead Colgate to both its victories.