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Recaps from U Sports, NCAA, CWHL and NWHL.

UNB Old Arts Building on the Fredericton campus. Emma.davie

Story of the week

Reds rebuilt: a look at the return of women’s hockey to UNB | CBC News

A new era: Returning Reds ready for debut

UNB women’s varsity hockey team set to play first game after long discrimination battle - New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca

Opening losses give reasons for optimism for Reds women’s hockey

No matter how closely you follow Canadian university hockey (U Sports), the return of the University of New Brunswick Varsity women’s hockey team to the ice has to make story of the week.

The program was shut down a decade ago, downgraded to a club program ostensibly due to budgetary considerations, which kicked off a hard-fought legal battle, spearheaded by former player Sylvia Bryson. The decision came down in favour of the women’s team over a year ago and they’ve been preparing for this past weekend ever since.

The first two games of the season were both 2-1 losses in overtime (one in double overtime), which is a hell of a start for a new program. Bonus: Kendra Woodland, their starting goalie, who made 65 saves over 139 minutes of play this weekend, is a frosh. She was in net for Canada at the Women’s World Under-18 Championships this past January. With luck they’ll have her for at least four years of her five year eligibility. She’ll have some support too — her team gave as good as they got, making 63 shots of their own over the two games.

U Sports in general is still fighting to achieve the same respect of its sister programs in the NCAA, but the return of the Reds is a win for all of women’s hockey.

U Sports

TOP 10 TUESDAY: Concordia jumps to No.1 in women’s hockey for first time in nearly two decades — U SPORTS

International hockey

Poulin, Szabados lead Canadian women’s hockey team into Four Nations Cup
Marie Philip-Poulin and veteran goaltender Shannon Szabados headline Canada’s roster for the Four Nations Cup women’s hockey tournament.

Hockey Canada announces 4 Nations Cup roster - Pension Plan Puppets
Both the Markham Thunder and Toronto Furies will be well-represented in Saskatoon

Meet the Nairobi Ice Lions, East Africa’s only women’s ice hockey team
Meet Tasha Otieno, Faith Wambui and Alexcy Wambui. They are part of the Nairobi Ice Lions -- the sole women’s hockey squad in Kenya -- and they are fighting for a place in the sport they love.

Jenni Hiirikoski is the Best Defender in the World - The Ice Garden
Hiirikoski is playing her way into the Hockey Hall of Fame one season and major international tournament at a time

CWHL

CWHL Recap:Markham Thunder win 6-0 raise banner Toronto Furies lose 5-1 - Pension Plan Puppets
There were six goals in each game. Sadly, this only worked out for one of our teams.

CWHL Recap: Markham Thunder sweep Blades Toronto Furies shut out by Rays - Pension Plan Puppets

The Thunder put 50 shots on net and suddenly Noora Räty’s 26 save shutout seems less impressive.

CWHL recap & highlights: Les Canadiennes split weekend series with Calgary Inferno - Eyes On The Prize
Two tightly contested games leave both teams with two points

Inferno Report: Calgary splits opening weekend with Montreal; Fan960 to broadcast four games – Flamesnation
It was a busy week for the Calgary Inferno.

2018-19 CWHL Preview: Player roundtable - The Ice Garden
6 questions with a player from each team

‘We have the dream team here’: Hilary Knight discusses Les Canadiennes and new teammate Marie-Philip Poulin - Eyes On The Prize
The American star is excited for the season to get underway.

NWHL

NWHL Weekend Wrap: Week Two
The NWHL's Buffalo Beauts recorded their second consecutive shutout against the Connecticut Whale, while the Boston Pride began their season with a bang, topping the Metropolitan Riveters.

Three Takeaways From Buffalo Beauts 2018-19 Home Opener
The Buffalo Beauts whitewashed the Connecticut Whale 7-0 at Buffalo’s home opener. The score might cause some to overlook three key takeaways from the win.

Behind the Glass: Minnesota Rising - The Ice Garden
The Whitecaps are 2-0, the NWHL has a sponsor in the hemp industry, and we one day away from Knight and Poulin the teammates

Original Buffalo Beaut Erin Zach Goes One-On-One
As the NWHL heads into its fourth season, many of the inaugural players have since retired. THW caught up with original Buffalo Beaut Erin Zach.

A closer look at the Riveters rocky start - The Ice Garden
The reigning Isobel Cup Champions are in an early-season tailspin

Connecticut Whale: Q & A with Juana Baribeau
Juana Baribeau was again selected to be an alternate captain with the Connecticut Whale this year, something that means a lot to the Amos, Quebec native.

NCAA

Polls: USCHO - USA Today - The Ice Garden

NCAA Fantasy Hockey Week 3: Trades and Top Tens - The Ice Garden
Fast skaters, slow movement

How to watch women’s college hockey in 2018-19 - The Ice Garden
The home team gets the rights to the streams. Here’s where those streams will be.

BC Women’s Hockey vs. #10 St. Lawrence: Final Thoughts & Predictions - BC Interruption
This time, let’s not get swept!

REPORT: NCAA Hockey RPI Changes Rejected, Immediately Benefits BC Women’s Hockey - BC Interruption
USCHO’s Todd Milewski with the news

Video: Mark Johnson grateful to be atop women's hockey win list | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey | madison.com
University of Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson meets the media after becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA women's hockey.

Johnson captures record-breaking 465th win as Badgers sweep No. 4 Duluth | The Daily Cardinal
Wisconsin women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson’s career has included plenty of big wins. On Sunday he captured another win that — although not the most famous or most memorable — represents more than any other.

SDHL (Sweden)

Modo Hockey is the fall’s success in SDHL | Aftonbladet
Modo of the success: “We are not surprised”

SDHL: Modo still serial leader - big cross of Luleå | Aftonbladet
Modo hit AIK with 3-1 and pulled at the top of SDHL.