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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Pressure mounts

The Asian Winter games end, postsecondary playoffs continue, the Clarkson Cup cometh and preparation for Worlds is underway.

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Staturday: CWHL season wrap-up - The Ice Garden
Stats and other numbers from the world of women’s hockey


U Sports

Julie Chu Part of Two Playoff Series Wins in One Day | Sports – The Link
When Julie Chu began her whirlwind of a hockey season this past September, as both head coach of the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey program and defender for Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, she could never have envisioned winning two playoff series in one single weekend.

Women’s Hockey: Concordia Sweeps UdeM | Sports – The Link
With less than a minute left in the game, the Universite de Montreal Carabins were down 3-2.

Women's hockey Gryphons open playoffs with shutout win | GuelphMercury.com
The University of Guelph women’s hockey Gryphons opened their first round of the Ontario University Athletics playoffs with a 3-0 win over Windsor on Wednesday night at home.

All-time Huskies hockey leader Cassidy Hendricks hopes to extend career
Cassidy Hendricks has played more minutes than any other University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s hockey player.


NCAA

Div I Polls: USCHO | Ice Garden

Bracketology: Conference tournaments - The Ice Garden
We are another week closer to the NCAAs, and we can see the finish line on the horizon

Megan Keller Deserves The Patty Kazmaier Award - BC Interruption
The nation’s top defenseman should be recognized as the nation’s top player

UVM women move to hockey semifinals
Catamounts will face Boston College on Saturday

Women’s Hockey Allows One Goal En Route to ECAC Quarterfinal Sweep of Colgate | The Cornell Daily Sun
Women’s hockey fans around the country should have been delighted to see the ECAC quarterfinal matchup between Cornell and Colgate. In the regular season, both teams took the home matchup, with each game decided by a single goal.


CWHL

Recap: Furies top the Inferno 5-2 - Pension Plan Puppets
Jenelle Kohanchuk’s hat trick leads the Furies to a 1-0 lead in the playoff series.

Recap: Furies falter against the Inferno 3-1 - Pension Plan Puppets
Christina Kessler made 37 saves but the Inferno have tied the series.

Furies season ends against Inferno - Pension Plan Puppets
Kessler shines as the Furies lose decisive Game Three 3-1.

Les Canadiennes defeat the Thunder 7-1 in game one of the semifinals - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal scored five power play goals and are one win away from their third straight finals appearance

Les Canadiennes advance to third straight Clarkson Cup final - Eyes On The Prize
They sweep the Brampton Thunder in two games thanks to a 5-1 win in a bizarre game two

Clarkson Cup Final

Calgary Inferno (1) vs Les Canadiennes de Montréal (2)
Sunday 4:00pm EST Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata ON 
TV:Sportstnet, Sportsnet 360
Online:http://www.thecwhl.com/Sportsnet outside of Canada

Les Canadiennes dominate CWHL Award nominations - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal led all teams with seven nominations for the six awards

Meet the Toronto Furies: The women of winter carving their mark on the hockey rink | Toronto Star
It’s not the NHL, but the Canadian Women’s Hockey League has professional status in its sights — along with improved TV ratings, better attendance and, ultimately, salaries for the players

Erin Ambrose Part of New Generation of CWHL All-Star Heroes
Entering the next chapter in her exceptional hockey career, Erin Ambrose boasts a remarkable list of accomplishments.

All-Star Recognition Part of Remarkable Time for Rebecca Vint
Measuring in the six-foot range, Vint’s on-ice presence and smooth scoring touch are reminiscent of another towering competitor that once donned the Thunder colors; Gillian Apps.


NWHL

Boston Pride storm back from 4-1 deficit - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Pride scored four goals in four minutes against the Whale to keep their undefeated season alive.

NWHL: Riveters Clinch Second; Playoff Matchups Coming Soon
As the NWHL season winds down, the Boston Pride and NY Riveters have clinched the top spots, while the Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale battle for third.


Next weekend's games:

Riveters @ Pride: Friday, 6:30 pm

Beauts @ Pride: Sunday, 5:30 pm

NWHL on Youtube

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Women's pro hockey league to hold title game at Tsongas Center - Lowell Sun Online
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) has announced that the 2017 Isobel Cup final will be played at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Sunday, March 19.

The NWHL's Most Productive Even Strength Players
Earlier this month Fan Rag Sports looked at the most dangerous NWHL teams at even strength.

Hilary Knight, Red Bull bring Open Ice tournament to Boston | SI.com
When the Red Bull Open Ice tournament kicks off in Boston, it will give Hilary Knight and a number of other professional women's hockey players a chance to skate with local up-and-comers.

New York Riveters Are Real Isobel Cup Contenders
In the last few months a legitimate challenger has emerged.

Q & A with Connecticut's Meghan Huertas
Meghan Huertas: "I remember being that little girl so I know much it means to them; it’s pretty cool that I can be a role model for future NWHL players."

NWHLPA director Battaglino is the inspiring voice women’s hockey needed | The Hockey News
Meet Anya Battaglino, Connecticut Whales forward and new head of the NWHL Players’ Association. She’s on a mission not just to earn more respect for her fellow athletes, but for women in general.


IIHF

Japan’s women claim gold
Beat China 6-1 in Asian Winter Games decider

Living her dream
Canada-born Hosoyamada back to her roots

From Asian to Olympic Games
Countdown begins for Korean women’s team

Never give up
Thai women play against Asia’s best

NWHL Action Propels Members of USWNT into Team USA Training Camp
The NWHL returned to action this past weekend but it was just a little over a week ago that the NWHL All-Star Weekend festivities took place in Pittsburgh at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex.

Canada names roster - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - IIHF
Women’s team set for Plymouth

Three Furies going to the World Championships - Pension Plan Puppets
Erin Ambrose and Renata Fast to join Natalie Spooner on Team Canada