PHOTO FROM BOSTON COLLEGE ATHLETICS
Kali Flanagan, a defender from Burlington, Massachusetts, plays college hockey for Boston College. Before, BC, Flanagan played for the National Sports Academy where she was a two-time captain. Throughout high school, she was also a four-time member of honor roll. Internationally, Flanagan attended USA Hockey’s National Development Camp four times as well as the August Festival in 2012.
As a freshman at BC, Flanagan recorded nine points in 39 games. Defensively, Flanagan blocked 18 shots and helped BC record a 1.20 goals-against average as a team. This mark was good for the fourth-best in the country.
The next year, as a sophomore, Flanagan doubled her freshman year point total with 18 points in 41 games played. She had a hot start to the season as it took her just 10 games into the season to pass the nine points she recorded as a freshman. She continued her strong defensive play as she helped the Eagles to a 1.24 goals-against average, good for third in the nation. She also helped the team record 14 shutouts and break a program record. Additionally, her total of 36 blocked shots doubled her total from her freshman year total. Academically, Flanagan’s work in school earned her a place on the ACC Honor Roll.
During her sophomore year, Flanagan also attended the 2015 USA Hockey Women’s National Team Festival and was selected for the 2015 US Under-22 Team to participate in an August series versus Canada. In this series, she recorded one assist in three games.
Her junior year, Flanagan continued her impressive play with 19 points in 41 games as BC’s second-highest scoring defender. She also continued to improve on her shot blocking total with 66 blocks. Her role in the BC defensive unit proved to be of much importance as the team had just four defensemen playing during a few games towards the end of the season. By season’s end, BC finished with a 1.54 goals-against average, good for third in the nation.
Flanagan continued to gain recognition from USA Hockey during her junior season. She participated in the 2016 USA Hockey Women’s National Team Festival and the U-22 Select Team’s August series versus Canada. Additionally, Flanagan made her National Team debut during the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Michigan where she won a gold medal.
Last year, Flanagan took a year off from school as she spent the year in Florida where she trained with the US National Team. Flanagan won a gold medal at the 2017 Four Nations Cup and was then named to the US Olympic Team on January 1, 2018. She then went on to win an Olympic gold medal at the Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea, where she played in five games.
This year, Flanagan is back at BC and ready to help lead the Eagles to a national title. She has 14 points in 30 games thus far. Flanagan was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Pride in the 2018 NWHL draft. She will graduate from BC’s Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences at the end of the school year.
3. Lovisa Selander (G), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Boston Pride (20th overall, 2018)
2. Makenna Newkirk (F), Boston College, Connecticut Whale (7th overall, 2018)
1. Katelyn Rae (F), Merrimack College, Connecticut Whale (12th overall, 2018)
Last week’s must-see matchup between Clarkson and Harvard featured an exciting overtime win by Clarkson. The scoring started early in the game as Harvard scored on the power play less than four minutes into the game. However, Harvard did not hold onto their lead for long as Clarkson scored only 22 seconds later. In the second period, Loren Gabel of Clarkson, a Buffalo Beauts draft pick scored to give Clarkson the lead. Harvard fought back in the third period to tie the game. Lexie Laing, a Boston Pride draft pick in 2017, picked up an assist on Harvard’s tying goal. The game then went into overtime where Loren Gabel scored her second goal of the game with just five seconds left in the game. Despite staying off the scoresheet, T.T. Cianfrano, a 2017 Metropolitan Riveters draft pick, recorded six shots on net.
For this week’s must-see matchup, we will move west to the WCHA for a weekend series between Ohio State and Wisconsin. The two teams square off at 7:07 pm CT on Friday, February 22 and at 3:07 CT central time on Saturday, February 23. First overall pick for the Riveters Annie Pankowski, Pride draft pick Emily Clark, and Minnesota Whitecaps pick Sophia Shaver will all suit up for Wisconsin, while Whitecaps selection Lauren Boyle will play for Ohio State.