Story of the Week
As part of our CWHL coverage, I want to occasionally highlight great performances by GTA seniors who might be compelled/persuaded/ensorcelled to enter the CWHL draft after they graduate. For our first installment, we turn to Victoria Bach, who spent last weekend terrorizing the University of Vermont in a two-game series in Burlington.
I don’t use “terrorizing” lightly. She had five goals and six points this weekend. Four of those goals and five of those points came on Friday’s blowout 7-1 win for the Terriers, and she tacked on another goal during a 3-1 win on Saturday, because why not.
Bach's 4th goal of the night at Vermont 11-17 pic.twitter.com/usuzXgpiY8— BU Athletics (@BUAthletics) November 20, 2017
LOOK AT THIS NONSENSE. That little backhand flick is so pretty, this gif should be framed and hung on a wall.
Another great individual effort from Bach leads to her fifth goal of the weekend! pic.twitter.com/zTIyJZQjrf— BU Women's Hockey (@TerrierWHockey) November 18, 2017
She’s between two Vermont players in this clip with two more not that far back, and she still drives to the net and puts it in like they’re not even there.
By the way, Vermont beat reigning national champions Clarkson weekend before last. They’re not a terrible team. Victoria Bach smoked them this weekend.
Sweet moves + wicked wrister = hat trick for Bach! pic.twitter.com/F8BPULUpCS— BU Women's Hockey (@TerrierWHockey) November 18, 2017
Bach currently leads her team with 20 points in 12 games, and is tied with captain Rebecca Leslie for first on the team with ten goals. BU has not had a great start to the season, and are currently sitting at sixth place in a nine-team conference. A decisive sweep of a fellow Hockey East team has to feel good.
I would love to see Bach make the jump from college hockey to the CWHL. She’s been a longtime favorite of mine—she’s fast and skilled, and watching her evolve over her four years at BU has been a pleasure. The Furies especially could use someone who can score, a lot, and if there’s one thing Bach has done over her college career it’s score a whole hell of a lot. She was the Hockey East scoring champion last year, has hit the 20-goal mark every year she’s played for BU, and was well over a point per game her sophomore and junior seasons. She also led Team Canada in scoring at the 2017 Nations Cup, so Hockey Canada’s got their eye on her too.
A few other Ontarian seniors to keep an eye on, but certainly not an exhaustive list: Rebecca Leslie, Ottawa, Ontario (forward, Boston University, 19 points in 12 games), Brittany Howard, St. Thomas, Ontario (forward, Robert Morris University, 23 points in 12 games), Lauren Wildfang, Waterdown, Ontario (defender, Colgate University, 13 points in 14 games), Shea Tiley, Owen Sound, Ontario (goaltender, Clarkson University, 0.938 sv% and 7 shutouts in 16 games).
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