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NWHL Prospect Pipeline - Whale Draft Pick Katelyn Rae Setting the Bar At Merrimack

By Amanda Ghysel, 02/28/19, 2:00PM EST

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Draft Pick Profile - Katelyn Rae (Connecticut Whale, 12th overall)

Katelyn Rae, a forward from Courtice, Ontario, plays college hockey for Merrimack College. Before Merrimack, Rae played hockey for four years at Courtice Secondary, where she was named the Team MVP as a freshman, junior, and senior. Rae also played for the Whitby Jr. Wolves of the PWHL. With the Wolves, Rae won a PWHL championship title and the Kitchener Can/Am championship. During her time in high school, Rae also attended the Team Canada U-18 August Camp, The Team Ontario Final Selection Camp, and earned a bronze medal in the Ontario Winter Games.

As a freshman at Merrimack, Rae had 18 points in 34 games. Her 18 points were good for second on her team and fifth among all Hockey East Rookies. In the opening game of the season, Rae earned a spot in the record books as she scored the first goal in Merrimack College women’s hockey history. Today, as a senior, Rae has continued to write the record books for Merrimack. Her freshman year, Rae also recorded 84 shots on net and was named Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Month in January.

Rae built off a solid freshman year with 25 points in 36 games as a sophomore. Her 18 goals and eight power play goals led her team. Additionally, her five power play goals during conference play were good for second in the Hockey East. Last year, Rae continued to improve as she had 30 points in 34 games her junior year. Her 30 points, 20 goals, and 10 assists all led the Merrimack squad. Also, the 30 points became a new program record for points in a season. Her team-leading efforts earned her a nomination to the Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention team. She was also named as a finalist for the Hockey East Player of the Year award.

This season, Rae has recorded 38 points in 34 games. Her 38 points and 23 goals are both new career highs as Rae has scored at over a point per game pace this season. She has helped lead the Warriors to their best season in program history thus far as they have their eyes on earning a bid into the NCAA tournament.

Rae owns most of Merrimack’s offensive records as she is on her way to leading her team in goals for the fourth straight year. She also became the first player in program history to reach 100 points earlier in the season. Rae has also cemented herself as one of the top goal scorers in the nation. She currently sits sixth in the country with 0.71 goals per game, and 25th with 1.15 points per game. In December, Rae became the first Merrimack College player drafted into the NWHL when the Connecticut Whale drafted her 12th overall. She will graduate from Merrimack at the end of the school year with a degree in Health Science.

3 Stars of the Week

3. Kali Flanagan (D), Boston College, Boston Pride (5th overall, 2018)

  • Flanagan picked up two points in BC’s sole game this weekend. In the 3-3 tie against New Hampshire on Saturday, Flanagan recorded one goal, one assist, two shots on net, and a plus-one rating. Flanagan’s assist came while BC was shorthanded and less than a minute into the game. She then scored on the power play later in the first period to help BC get out to a 2-0 lead.

2. Kelly Pannek (F), University of Minnesota, Minnesota Whitecaps (4th overall, 2018)

  • Pannek scored a hat trick on Friday in a 6-3 win over Bemidji State. Her goals came consecutively in the first and second periods. Pannek gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead with five minutes left in the first period. She then scored again midway through the second period on the power play. That goal stood to be the game winner. Pannek capped off her hattrick later in the second period. In another win over Bemidji State on Saturday, Pannek had a quieter outing with no points and one shot on net.

1. Jessie Eldridge (F), Colgate University, Buffalo Beauts (13th overall, 2018)

  • Eldridge had an impressive weekend with six points in two ECAC games to end the regular season. On Friday, in a 5-2 win over Union, Eldridge recorded two goals, two assists, six shots on net and a plus-minus rating of plus-three. Each of her points came at even strength and her second goal was an empty netter to secure the win for Colgate. Eldridge then added another goal and assist in a 4-2 win over RPI on Saturday. She assisted on the game-opening goal three minutes in and scored on the power play at the end of the second period to give Colgate a 2-1 lead. Additionally, Eldridge had five shots on net and a team-leading plus-three rating.

Recognitions

  • Jessie Eldridge, a forward for Colgate University, earned the ECAC Player of the Week award for her six-point weekend. Eldridge now has 51 points on the year. Her 46th point of the year on Friday broke the Colgate single-season program record for points. Additionally, Eldridge was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. She is the first player in Colgate history to be named a finalist. The Buffalo Beauts drafted Eldridge 13th overall in the 2018 NWHL draft.
  • Loren Gabel, a forward for Clarkson University, was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award for the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Gabel leads the country with 34 goals and is second in the country with 61 points in 34 games. She was drafted by the Buffalo Beauts 13th overall in the NWHL Draft.
  • Lovisa Selander of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. She is the only goaltender among the finalists and is the first player in RPI program history to earn the nomination. This season, Selander has a 2.07 goals-against average and a 0.945 save percentage, which is good for third in the nation. The Boston Pride drafted Selander 20th overall in the NWHL Draft in December.
  • Megan Keller, a defender for Boston College, was also named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. This is the third time in her career that she has been nominated for this award and she is the only defender among the finalists. Keller leads all defenders in the nation with 18 goals and 41 points. She is also in the top 15 among all skaters in the country in goals, assists, and points. The Buffalo Beauts drafted Keller third overall in the 2018 NWHL draft.
  • Annie Pankowski, a forward for Wisconsin, was also named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award for the third time in her college career. Pankowski leads Wisconsin in scoring with 37 points. She also has 193 points on the season. She was the first overall draft pick in the NWHL draft in December, selected by the Metropolitan Riveters.
  • Nicole Schammel rounds out the list of six NWHL draft picks to be named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Schammel leads the WCHA in scoring with 41 points this season and her 29 assists are ranked fifth in the country. In total, Schammel has recorded 107 points over her career. In the 2018 NWHL draft, Schammel was selected 23rd overall by the Buffalo Beauts.

Must-See Matchup: Colgate vs. Harvard

Last week’s must-see matchup between Ohio State and Wisconsin featured two overtime ties. On Saturday, Wisconsin opened the scoring midway through the first period on the power play. Ohio State knotted the game at one in the second period. After Ohio State’s goal, the game stayed scoreless and the two teams settled for a tie after overtime. Ohio State stayed in the game despite being outshot, 52-23, by Wisconsin. The two teams had a rematch on Saturday and despite outshooting Ohio State, 40-18, Wisconsin was unable to pick up the win for the second straight day. Ohio State got out to a quick lead with a goal in the first 30 seconds of the game. After Ohio State gained a 2-0 lead, Wisconsin fought back with two goals in the last five minutes of the game to tie it up. Emily Clark, a Boston Pride draft pick, scored the game-tying goal with two minutes left in the game. The game then ended in a tie after a scoreless overtime. The other NWHL draft picks featured in the series, Annie Pankowski, Sophia Shaver, and Lauren Boyle, had quiet weekends.

For this week’s must-see matchup, we will look at an ECAC quarterfinal matchup between number two seed Colgate and number seven seed Harvard. The two teams play at Colgate on Friday, March 1, at 6 pm and on Saturday, March 2, at 3 pm. If Colgate and Harvard split the two games, then there will be a third game on Sunday, March 3, at 3 pm. Two different NWHL teams will be represented in this series. From Colgate, Olivia Zafuto and Jessie Eldridge were drafted by the Buffalo Beauts in 2018. Meanwhile Bailey Larson of Colgate was drafted by the Boston Pride in 2018 and Lexie Laing of Harvard was drafted by the Boston Pride in 2017.