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Asian Winter Games are on, India's raising money for the Challenge Cup, Team USA is preparing for Worlds and Anne Schleper retires. Plus, it's playoff time in the CWHL and college hockey!

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Japan beat South Korea 3-0 at the Asian Winter Games being held in Sapporo this week
Japan beat South Korea 3-0 at the Asian Winter Games being held in Sapporo this week
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Staturday: Back in action - The Ice Garden
Enlightening and interesting statistics from the world of women’s hockey.


U Sports

Women's Hockey Moves On To Semifinal After Sweep Of Cougars - University of Saskatchewan
With a Game 2, 2-1 win Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies completed a Canada West women's hockey quarter-final series sweep over provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars.

Lakers quest for OUA women's hockey crown begins Wednesday
"We went through a little slump just after Christmas when we lost a couple games, but we’ve battled back and we’ve been playing really well lately."


NCAA

Div I Polls: USCHO | Ice Garden

Bracketology: Too close to call - The Ice Garden
The nation is in three tiers and two of them are just too tight to split up yet.

What If? The 2017 NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament Pairwise Predictor - BC Interruption
BC Interruption built a Pairwise Predictor, and it's super awesome.

Lara Stalder is having the season of a lifetime - The Ice Garden
Minnesota Duluth senior Lara Stalder leads the Bulldogs in points and helped the Swiss national team clinch an Olympic appearance.

Minnesota Women’s Hockey’s Annual Senior Celebration - Hockey Wilderness
Friday night the University of Minnesota Gopher Women’s Hockey team honored their graduating seniors.

Rust brings DeSoto County to college hockey | Sports | desototimes.com
When you check the hometowns of players on NCAA Division I college men’s or women’s hockey team rosters, you likely won’t find the state of Mississippi mentioned anywhere.


CWHL

Les Canadiennes fall to Inferno, finish in second place - Eyes On The Prize
Emerance Maschmeyer makes 25 saves in shutout win

Sarah Lefort’s strong effort leads Canadiennes over Inferno in season finale - Eyes On The Prize
Marie-Philip Poulin clinches a tie for scoring title, Ann-Sophie Bettez wins goal scoring race

CWHL Playoffs

Toronto Furies (4) @ Calgary Inferno (1)

  • Game 1: February 24, 2017 – 8:00 PM MST – Carstairs Memorial Arena
  • Game 2: February 25, 2017 – 3:30 PM MST – Winsport Joan Snyder CWHLlive
  • Game 3 (TBD): February 26, 2017 – 12:45 PM MST – Carstairs Memorial Arena CWHLlive
Brampton Thunder (3) @ Les Canadiennes de Montréal (2)

  • Game 1: February 24, 2017 – 7:20 PM EST – Etienne Desmarteau
  • Game 2: February 25, 2017 – 5:30 PM EST – Complex Bell Sportif CWHLlive
  • Game 3 (TBD): February 26, 2017 – 1:30 PM EST – Complex Bell Sportif CWHLlive

  • Top CWHL teams from Calgary and Montreal in first-place showdown - The Globe and Mail
    Final weekend of the season sees the Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montreal meet in Calgary

    Politics In Locker Room A New And Tricky Reality For Boston Blades
    For the only U.S.-based team in the CWHL, politics can be a tricky subject.

    Inferno's Deep Net Should Be Playoff Boon
    Calgary Inferno head coach Scott Reid has a unique test facing him at the onset of the 2017 Clarkson Cup Playoffs.


    NWHL

    The Riveters’ Terrible, Horrible, Suddenly Good, Ultimately Excellent Game - Blueshirt Banter
    The Riveters climbed out of a 4-0 hole. But can they beat the Pride?

    NWHL: Riveters Overcome Four-Goal Deficit
    In NWHL action, the Riveters twice overcame a four-goal deficit, while the Pride captured yet another win to stay undefeated on the season.

    Next weekend's games:

    Pride @ Whale: Friday, 7:00 pm

    Whale @ Beauts: Sunday, 3:30 pm

    NWHL on Youtube

    all times EST

    Details released for first Isobel Cup Semifinal - Stanley Cup of Chowder
    The Boston Pride will host the first semifinal of the playoffs at Warrior Ice Arena.

    NWHL All-Star Game gives youth a glimpse of future | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A number of girls from the Penguins Elite program interact with professional players and see what it takes to make the big time.

    Olympian Anne Schleper Retires
    Olympian Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) officially announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team Program today.

    Meghan Duggan: Dedicated & Decorated
    Meghan Duggan: "the NWHL has helped a lot of players get more games in, and prepared for major international tournaments."

    Hilary Knight happy with the direction of NWHL, women's hockey | The Hockey News
    Boston Pride star Hilary Knight would prefer to have all the best women players in the same league, but likes that the NWHL is still paying its players.

    A robotics engineer by day, a women’s hockey star by night | New York Post
    Ashley Johnston is a defenseman for the New York Riveters and, at 6-foot, is the tallest player on the ice. Her leadership ability has made her team captain, and her on-ice ability sent her to this month’s National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game.


    Asian Winter Games

    Matt Roberts/Getty Images

    (Yonhap Interview) Players from eclectic backgrounds unite for common goal in women's hockey
    The South Korean women's hockey team is an eclectic collection of players from vastly different backgrounds, but they have united for a common goal -- to win the country's first Asian Winter Games medal in their sport here in Japan.

    'Nervous' S. Korean women's hockey team gets in 1st practice at Winter Asiad site
    In prepping for the Asian Winter Games, South Korean women's hockey players practiced before empty seats at Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Japan, on Wednesday, and with plenty of butterflies in their stomachs.

    Smile Japan aims for more glory | The Japan Times
    Having achieved its main objective of the season by qualifying for next year's Olympics, the women's national ice hockey team, Smile Japan, turns its attention to the Asian Winter Games.


    IIHF


    USWNT Camp Schedule and Roster

    7th Brigade Australian Army’s Ashleigh Brown joins Australian women’s ice hockey team | Quest News
    CHERMSIDEs Ashleigh Brown is getting ready to represent Australia on the ice after a three-year-hiatus in the sport she has loved since she was just eight years old.

    An Indian women’s ice hockey team exists, and they are fighting for survival - Care to help?
    We may not be aware that Ice Hockey is played in India as this sport might not be a subject of many dinner table conversations.

    Together, let's make Indian women's #IceHockeyPossible.
    The Indian women's ice hockey team is raising money to go to the Challenge Cup of Asia in Thailand this March. With 10 days to go, there's still almost halfway to go.

    Sports Council releases Rs 7 lakh for Ladakh Women’s Ice Hockey Foundation
    Foundation thanks Sports Min for approving the amount


    International Leagues

    Molly Engstrom takes on Stockholm - The Ice Garden
    The former Connecticut Whale captain discusses her new club and growing women’s hockey

    Engstrom, who plays for Djurgården, is about to move into the playoffs.

    The SDHL or Swedish Women's Hockey League (formerly the Riksserien) has wrapped up their regular season and playoffs begin soon.

    Jennifer Wakefield (Linköping HC) led the league in goals this year and was second in points with 53 points (30 goals) in 30 games. Michelle Karvinen (Luleå HF) topped the points list with 70.

    The playoffs start with the quarterfinals on March 1 - 5, and opponents were chosen today by the top four teams.  The reward for coming first was choosing your opponent first, and so on down to the fourth-place team who took whoever was left.

    The matchups are shown above. The rounds are best of three and the final is scheduled for March 15 - 19.