NCAA women's hockey: Boston College high-scoring duo leads top performing players
The NCAA Women’s Hockey Stars of the Week were topped by Boston College’s dynamic duo, who combined for 22 points in three games last week for the Eagles.
1.) Daryl Watts, Boston College
The Toronto, Ontario native led the country with 12 points (7g, 5a) in just three games, two of which were five-point outings. Her three power-play helpers, two short-handed goals and one hat trick were all also nation-bests. The freshman forward finished with a plus-eight rating. Her weekend secured the Boston College freshman single-season scoring record (59 points) as well as the Women’s Hockey East freshman single-season scoring title with 42 points. She is currently in eighth place in the NCAA all-time freshman scoring list and is on pace to break the record by the end of the season.
2.) Makenna Newkirk, Boston College
Ranked second nationally this week in scoring, the Scottsdale, Arizona native posted 10 points (3G, 7A) in the Eagles' 3-0-0 week. Her 3.33 points-per-game mark was second-best in the country, while her seven assists and 2.33 assists-per game marks led the nation. She also led the nation with 2 game-winning goals this week (Jan. 2 at Merrimack and Jan. 5 vs. New Hampshire). On Tuesday in the 7-3 win at Merrimack, she posted a four-point night (2G, 2A), and followed that with a career-best five-point effort (1G, 4A) in the 6-0 win over UNH on Friday. On Sunday, she followed it up with an assist on a Daryl Watts goal. In addition, she had a .580 faceoff winning percentage on the week and was tied with Watts for the nation's highest plus/minus (+8).
3.) Emma Polusny, St. Cloud State
The freshman netminder boasted a 0.50 goals-against average, two wins, 56 saves and .982 save percentage over the weekend. Her goals-against average and save percentage were the best nationally among goaltenders with two starts, while she was one of six goalies with a shutout. Polusny made 23 saves on Friday against Minnesota State for her third shutout of the season, which tied the SCSU record for most in a single season. She followed that up with 33 stops in a 3-1 win Saturday against the Mavericks. On the season, Polusny has a 2.00 goals-against average with a .938 save percentage.