The NWHL is full of talent and right now, the Boston Pride are using that talent to their fullest potential. The Boston Pride are undefeated in the first 8 games of their season. They are first in the standing with 16 points. Every game has been won in regulation so far.
The Pride are absolutely blowing every team out of the water so far. As a team, they have scored 42 goals and only given up 14 goals against, leaving them with a +28 goal differential.
McKenna Brand, in just her 2nd season, is leading both the team and league in points with 15 so far. She has 9 goals (league leader) and 6 assists with a 1.9 Point Per Game Average (league leader). Brand and Lexie Laing are tied for 1st in Game Winning Goals at 3 so far this season. Brand had just 17 points in 16 games last season so I anticipate her setting a new standard for herself this time around.
Jillian Dempsey is off to a fantastic start as well. Dempsey has 14 points in these first 8 which is one point shy of her five-year career-high of 15 points in 18-16 games. Her sweet spot has been scooping assists. She has 10 assists so far, leading the league. She has 44 shots on goal and a +12 rating.
The Pride’s starting goalie Lovisa Selander is on fire to start her rookie season. The 23-year-old goalie has played in all 8 games so far this season. She has faced 236 shots and only allowed 13 goals for 224 saves. She has a Goals Against Average of 1.76 per game. Her Save Percentage is at .949 and this win streak is not possible without her.
The NWHL has bumped up the number of games played for this season from 16-18 to 24 games. Usually, this would be the midway point of the season but the Pride still have quite a few more games to go. The Pride’s next game is November 23rd against the Connecticut Whales, who are on a four-game losing streak and have a -13 goal differential. Yet, things can turn for the Pride real quick and it will be a test for them to get this undefeated streak up to 9 games.
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