Kennard Named NEWHA Rookie of the Week, Simons and Sullivan Also Recognized

Kennard Named NEWHA Rookie of the Week, Simons and Sullivan Also Recognized

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey first-year forward Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) was named New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 3. Senior goalie Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club) and senior defender Alissa Sullivan (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) earned spots on the NEWHA Weekly Honor Roll.

Kennard scored three times in her first two college games with two blocks and a 24-for-49 (49.0%) faceoff performance in a 1-1 weekend with Long Island University. Kennard potted a power-play goal at 15:18 of the second period while blocking two shots in a 5-2 loss on Friday, ending the day 14-for-26 on faceoffs. She keyed a 4-1 win on Saturday with the winning goal at 19:51 of the first period and a power-play tally at 12:46 of the second. She added a 10-of-23 showing on draws. Kennard is first in the NEWHA in goals per game (1.5), tied for first in points per game (1.5) and power-play goals (2), and fourth in overall goals (3). She leads all NCAA Division I/II players in power-play goals per game (1.0).

Simons turned in a .921 save percentage and 35.0 saves per game during a 1-1 weekend, registering a 3.00 goals-against average against LIU. She had 26 stops in a 5-2 loss on Friday before making 44 saves in a 4-1 win on Saturday. Simons is third in the NEWHA in save percentage (.934) while sitting fourth in GAA (2.50), and is 13th in the nation in save percentage. This is Simons' second NEWHA Weekly Honor Roll selection of the year.

Sullivan registered a goal, an assist, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating during the two weekend games. She had a primary assist on a power-play goal at 10:51 of the second period on Friday before blocking two shots and netting a clinching empty-net, shorthanded goal with 50 seconds remaining in a win on Saturday. Sullivan is tied for ninth in the NEWHA in points by a defender (3) and is the lone blue liner in the league with a shorthanded goal.

The Purple Knights, now 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the NEWHA, have a weekend series at home against Franklin Pierce University that begins on Friday at 7 p.m.