ALBANY, N.Y. - After a strong month of January, the ECAC Hockey women have swept the national awards, as Loren Gabel, Sarah Fillier, and Grace Harrison have all been honored by the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association (WHCA).
For the second time this season, Clarkson’s Loren Gabel (Kitchener, Ont.) has been named the WHCA Division I Player of the Month after leading the nation in scoring during the month of January.
The senior continued to build on her outstanding senior campaign, registering 17 points during the month on 11 goals and six assists last month. Three of those goals were game-winners for the Golden Knights, as the forward led Clarkson to a 6-1-1 record in January, closing out the month on a six-game winning streak. She had a point in seven of the eight games she played this month, including five multi-point outings.
Gabel set a number of school records last month as well, becoming the new Golden Knights scoring leader with over 193 career points, and surpassing the 100-goal mark during the last weekend of January.
Gabel now leads the nation in both points (55), and points-per-game (2.12) entering the final three weeks of the regular-season.
The WHCA National Rookie of the Month for January is Princeton’s Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont.). The freshman led the nation in average scoring in January, recording 2.80 points-per-game during the Tigers’ five games this month.
Fillier finished the month with 14 points (6G, 8A), registering multiple points in every game she took the ice. She helped Princeton to a 4-0-1 record in the month, winning 71 face-offs and recording a +9 on-ice rating. Her best game of thee month came in a top-five matchup against Cornell, when Fillier registered four points on two goals and two assists, lifting her team to a 5-0 win.
In just her rookie season, Fillier is ranked second in the nation in scoring, averaging 2.00 points-per-game. She’s the leading scorer on her team, which is enjoying its highest ranking in program history, currently coming in at No. 5 in both national polls.
St. Lawrence’s Grace Harrison (Auckland, New Zealand) has been named the WHCA Goaltender of the Month, backstopping the Saints to a 3-0-1 mark in January. The senior led the nation in both goals-against average (0.76), and save percentage (.970) this month, stopping 98 of the 101 shots she faced.
She started out the month on a high note, going over 51 minutes without allowing a goal against Union College before being relieved by fellow teammate Allison Compeau, who was able to see her first career minutes in net. She went on to earn league wins against Yale and Dartmouth, before posting a 29-save shutout against Harvard on January 26 in a game that would end in a 0-0 tie.
Harrison now boasts a .927 save percentage, and 2.15 goals-against average this season. In the games that she has started in net, St. Lawrence has gone 9-5-2.
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