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. Kali Flanagan (D), Boston College, Boston Pride (5th overall, 2018)
2. Kelly Pannek (F), University of Minnesota, Minnesota Whitecaps (4th overall, 2018)
1. Jessie Eldridge (F), Colgate University, Buffalo Beauts (13th overall, 2018)
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.