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And the winner is...MN Girls' Hockey Hub Top Performer revealed

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 11/26/19, 5:00PM CST

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See who fans voted as the top performer from Nov. 18-23.

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Athletes are considered for the weekly top performer poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Girls' Hockey Hub by 10 a.m. on Sundays. If coaches or members of their staffs need access to enter stats, please email mnhubs@sportngin.com.


Top performer winner

Khloe Lund, Thief River Falls. The Prowlers earned wins in both of their games last week, led by Lund, a senior defender who tallied eight points. In a win against Delano/Rockford on Nov. 22, Lund scored twice in the opening period and in the third assisted on a power-play goal. The next night, the Prowlers defeated Orono 5-4 in overtime as Lund recorded a power-play assist and four goals — one on the power play and two shorthanded, including the overtime game winner.

Top performer candidates

Eliza DiNatale, Red Wing. The junior forward led the Wingers to their first two wins of the season — 7-6 against Rochester John Marshall on Nov. 21 and 3-2 against Austin two days later — and in each game tallied a late point to put the Wingers on top. DiNatale tallied six points in the win against Rochester John Marshall, scoring four goals and adding two assists, including a power-play assist on the game-winner with less than four minutes left in the third period. Against Austin, DiNatale recorded her first hat trick of the season, her final goal coming with one minute remaining in the third period which stood as the game winner. 

Emma Klenken, Marshall. The Tigers played their first overtime period of the season on Nov. 21, a game that ended with a score of 3-3. The junior goaltender made three times the amount of saves as Willmar’s goalie, stopping 63 shots — including 16 in overtime — for a .955 save percentage.

Khloe Lund, Thief River Falls. The Prowlers earned wins in both of their games last week, led by Lund, a senior defender who tallied eight points. In a win against Delano/Rockford on Nov. 22, Lund scored twice in the opening period and in the third assisted on a power-play goal. The next night, the Prowlers defeated Orono 5-4 in overtime as Lund recorded a power-play assist and four goals — one on the power play and two shorthanded, including the overtime game winner.

Bridget McGuire, Holy Angels. The senior forward led the Stars to back-to-back wins, recording seven points as Holy Angels outscored its opponents 9-1 in the two games. McGuire recorded a hat trick and an assist in a 4-1 victory at Henry Sibley/St. Paul on Nov. 19, leading the Stars’ 3-for-6 power-play unit with two goals and an assist. Then on Nov. 21, McGuire scored twice in the first period —  including once shorthanded — and added an assist on the game’s final goal to lead the Stars past Waconia 5-0.

Kayla Santl, Roseau. The Rams scored six goals in back-to-back matchups last week, defeating Bemidji 6-1 on Nov. 21, then tying Chaska/Chanhassen 6-6 the next day. Santl led the Rams’ offense in both games, scoring the opening goal against Bemidji and adding three second-period assists. Against Chaska/Chanhassen, the senior forward recorded a hat trick and two assists.

Grace Schuck, Bloomington Jefferson. The sophomore forward led the Jaguars’ 4-3 win at Simley on Nov. 23, erupting for four goals after scoring just once in the first five games of the season. Schuck started the game’s scoring with an unassisted power-play marker in the second period before adding her second of the game less than three minutes later. Then, with the Jaguars down by a goal late in the third, Schuck recorded the game-tying goal with less than two minutes to go. After scoring all Jaguar goals in regulation, she played the hero by scoring her fourth goal of the game in overtime to win, which broke the Jaguars' three-game losing streak.

Abbie Thompson, Mounds View. The Mustangs junior goaltender battled Park of Cottage Grove and Roseville to ties last week. Thompson made 30 saves for a .938 save percentage in the 2-2 tie against Park of Cottage Grove. She ended the week shutting out Roseville in a 0-0 tie, making 30 saves — including eight in overtime — and backing a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill. Thompson has posted a .942 save percentage through her first four games this season.

Whitney Tuttle, Rosemount. The sophomore forward leads the Irish with 10 goals and 12 points through the season’s first five games. In a 3-2 victory against Mahtomedi on Nov. 21, Tuttle had a hand in all three Irish goals, tallying an assist with two seconds left in the first period and scoring two second-period goals. Then, with the Irish down 5-1 heading into the third period against Eastview on Nov. 23, Tuttle recorded three consecutive goals in the third period to lead a comeback, and the Irish completed the 6-5 win in overtime.

Claire Vekich, Grand Rapids/Greenway. The team leader in goals (4), assists (7), and points (11), Vekich scored or assisted on all Lightning goals last week, recording eight points in two games. On Nov. 22, the junior forward tallied a goal and two assists within the last two minutes of the first period before recording another goal and assist in the second of the Lightning’s 5-1 win at Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City. Vekich then led the Lightning’s offense in a 3-3 tie at Rogers the next day, tallying two assists within 2 minutes, 7 seconds during the first period, and scoring the eventual game-winning goal midway through the second period.

Jo Wekseth, Moose Lake Area. The senior goaltender was tested often in the Rebels’ 2-1 loss to Cloquet-Esko-Carlton on Nov. 19, as she made a season-high 50 saves. Then on Nov. 21, Wekseth earned a win against St. Francis/North Branch as she stopped 32 shots in the Rebels’ 4-3 victory. Wekseth has recorded a .936 save percentage through five games this season.

*Stats and records as of Nov. 24.

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