Lake Forest’s Lyke and Marian’s Strainis
Pick Up NCHA Women’s Hockey Weekly Honors
Lake Forest College freshman Megan Lyke (F - Mounds View, Minn.) is the NCHA Women’s Offensive Player of the Week and Marian University junior Lindsey Strainis (G - Green Bay, Wis.) is the NCHA Women’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
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Lyke put up some impressive offensive numbers to claim NCHA Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Lyke lit the lamp five times over the weekend as Lake Forest defeated Finlandia 14-0 on Friday and 7-0 on Saturday. She scored once in the second period and once in the third of the series opener before closing out a natural hat trick in the third period on Saturday, doing it with her first career short-handed goal.
Strainis recorded a pair of victories to earn NCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors. In the process, she also became the winningest goaltender in Marian University history and set the career mark for shutouts as the Sabres swept Trine. Strainis opened the series with an 18-save shutout before adding another 18-save performance in the finale where she only allowed one power-play goal. She closed out the weekend with a .973 save percentage to go with her 36 total saves.
Just a quick note, with only three NCHA teams in action over the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Players of the Week selected. The next release comes out December 5.
2017-18 NCHA WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Becca Binder, Aurora
Binder helped Aurora to its first-ever win, making an impressive 47 stops in a 2-0 shutout of Northland College. She posted a .960 save percentage and made 72 saves on the weekend.
Kayla Griffith, Lake Forest
Griffith assisted on five goals over the weekend as Lake Forest blanked visiting Finlandia 14-0 Friday night and 7-0 on Saturday. She set up a short-handed goal in the first period and two scores in the second of the series opener for her sixth career three-point performance. Griffith added two more helpers, including one on another short-handed goal, during the Foresters’ six-goal third period in game two.
Brooke Lupi, Adrian
Lupi scored twice and had one assist in the 11-0 win over St. Scholastica on Saturday--her first start of the year.
Christina Pattengale, Concordia
Pattengale helped the Falcons secure a series split with St. Norbert by making 28 saves in Saturday’s 3-1 win. The junior was scored on just 2:08 into the game, but was perfect from that point on, including stopping all 22 shots she faced in the second and third periods.
Jill Schneider, Marian
Schneider had a hand in four of the seven Sabre goals over the weekend as Marian swept Trine at home. Schneider assisted a goal in the opener before a three-point game in the finale. The Sabre forward netted a pair of goals in the series finale win, one of which was the game-winner, while also assisting a goal to close out her breakout weekend.
Natasha Wanless, Concordia
Wanless recorded three points over the weekend for the Falcons, helping the team to a split with St. Norbert. The sophomore forward scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win and had two assists in Friday’s contest.
Kristi Zink, Adrian
Zink scored a goal and tallied three straight assists in an 11-0 win over previous week’s league-leading St. Scholastica on Saturday afternoon. She was also part of an Adrian defense that only allowed the Saints to 31 shots on goal in the two-game series.