Finlandia’s Meiners and Northland’s Cusey
Earn NCHA Women’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Finlandia University senior Sierra Meiners (F - Woodstock, Ill.) is the NCHA Women’s Offensive Player of the Week and Northland College sophomore Maggie Cusey (G - Mankato, Minn.) is the NCHA Women’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Meiners played a key role for the Lions in picking up another victory, earning NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Finlandia went 1-1 against Marian, with Meiners recording a goal and an assist in the Friday loss. She went above and beyond Saturday, setting up the final three goals in the 4-1 victory to total 5 points (1G/4A) for the week. Meiners has now moved into the top five in school history for career goals and points.
Cusey becomes the second different Northland College student-athlete to be named NCHA Defensive Player of the Week this season. She came on in relief in Friday’s contest against Concordia Wisconsin, tallying 27 saves on the night. She followed that up with a tremendous effort against the Falcons the next night, making 40 saves for the shutout in a 0-0 tie on Saturday. For the week, she made 67 saves and posted a .957 save percentage.
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Amanda Brunges, Lake Forest
Brunges recorded her first career hat trick in Lake Forest’s 9-0 victory over Trine University Friday night. She then assisted on half of the Foresters’ goals in an 8-0 triumph over the Thunder on Saturday.
Kristen Kennedy, Concordia
Kennedy recorded four points in Friday’s 5-0 win over Northland. The junior forward scored two goals and added two assists in the Falcons NCHA win. Kennedy leads CUW with six goals and 12 points through the team’s first 12 games.
Hailey Miller, Marian
Miller scored three goals on four shots as the Sabres split with Finlandia. In the opener, Miller scored a pair of power play goals, one of which was the game-winner. She then was the only Sabre that was able to find the back of the net in the finale to close out her three-goal weekend.
Kelly O’Sullivan, Adrian
O’Sullivan tallied two assists in a 10-1 win over Aurora on Friday night. Followed up that performance with a two goal and one assist outing on Saturday in a 10-0 win over the Spartans. Anchored the Adrian defense that allowed only one goal and 19 total shots in two games.
Christina Pattengale, Concordia
Pattengale made 29 saves in the Falcons 0-0 tie with Northland Saturday. The shutout, which was the third straight for the Falcons, was the fifth of Pattengale’s career, a CUW women’s hockey record.
Brooke Schembri, Adrian
Schembri recorded two assists in a 10-1 win over Aurora on Friday. Tallied the game-winning goal the following night in a 10-0 win over the Spartans. She finished game two with two goals and an assist for a point total of five for the two-game weekend.
Emily Stegora, St. Scholastica
After being held without a point in the previous three games, Stegora broke out for her first hat trick of the season in the team’s 4-1 victory over St. Norbert College on Saturday. Stegora leads the conference with four game-winning goals and is tied for the league lead with four power-play goals.
Lindsey Strainis, Marian
Strainis posted a 3.04 goals against average with 29 saves as the Sabres split with Finlandia.