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

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 02/03/20, 1:00PM CST

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See who fans voted as the top performer from Jan. 27-Feb. 1.

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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

Lucy Hanson, Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Hill-Murray was able to silence the Red Knights’ offense for most of the night on Feb. 1, but with just five minutes left in the third period, Hanson and the Red Knights came together to pull out a late victory. Trailing 3-0 in the third period, the junior forward scored three goals — a season high — within 2 minutes, 8 seconds to tie the game. Then with just 49 seconds left in the third, Hanson tallied an assist on the game-winning goal to seal the 4-3 victory for the Red Knights.

Top performer candidates

Sedona Blair, Holy Family Catholic. The freshman goaltender earned two shutouts on the road last week — her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season. She made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory at Huchinson on Jan. 28 before stopping 17 shots as the Fire defeated Centennial 3-0 on Jan. 30.

Allie Bussey, Hibbing/Chisholm. After a five game winless streak, the Bluejackets had a perfect week, wining games against Moose Lake Area and Grand Rapids/Greenway. Bussey tallied three points against Moose Lake Area on Jan. 28, scoring twice and adding an assist as the Bluejackets won 4-1. One goal was short-handed. At Grand Rapids/Greenway on Jan. 31, Bussey recorded a hat trick and an assist as they won 6-2. 

Lucy Hanson, Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Hill-Murray was able to silence the Red Knights’ offense for most of the night on Feb. 1, but with just five minutes left in the third period, Hanson and the Red Knights came together to pull out a late victory. Trailing 3-0 in the third period, the junior forward scored three goals — a season high — within 2 minutes, 8 seconds to tie the game. Then with just 49 seconds left in the third, Hanson tallied an assist on the game-winning goal to seal the 4-3 victory for the Red Knights.

Leah Honer, Detroit Lakes. Honer was kept busy in net during the Lakers' 3-2 loss to Crookston on Jan. 28 as she faced 68 shots — an average of over one every minute of the game. Then on Feb. 1, the junior goaltender helped the Lakers break their nine-game losing streak, earning her first shutout of the season while making 27 saves.

Eliya Johnson, Champlin Park/Coon Rapids. The senior goaltender stopped all shots that came her way, making a season-high 46 saves against Rogers to battle to a 0-0 overtime tie on Feb. 1. It was her third shutout of the season, but her first in nearly two months.

Mikayla Kelley, Eastview. The junior forward produced back-to-back three-point games to lead the Lightning to wins at Apple Valley (4-3 OT) and against Prior Lake (5-1). At Apple Valley on Jan. 28, Kelley tallied a goal and a power play assist to give the Lightning an early 2-0 lead. After Apple Valley came from behind and the score was tied after the third period, Kelley scored an unassisted goal in overtime to win the game. On Feb. 1 against Prior Lake, she tallied three assists, including one on the power play, to again lead the Lightning offense.

Taylor Nelson, Cloquet-Ekso-Carlton. Nelson continued her impressive senior campaign with 12 points in three games as the Lumberjacks earned three wins last week. At North Shore on Jan. 28, she scored three goals, including one short-handed, and added two assists as the Lumberjacks won 8-1. Against Bemidji on Jan. 30 she recorded another hat trick, scoring all goals in the team’s 3-1 win. During the Lumberjacks' final game of the week, a 6-1 win at Thief River Falls on Feb. 1, Nelson scored two goals and added two assists.

Emma Schmitz, Rochester Lourdes. The senior forward led the Eagles’ offense tallying four points in the 6-5 overtime win on Jan. 28. She took advantage of the Eagles’ power-play opportunities, assisting on three power-play goals, including two within the last minute of the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime. Her lone goal was scored short-handed midway through the second period. Schmitz leads the team with 30 assists and 49 points.

Maddie Schneider, Albert Lea. The junior goaltender stopped a season-high 45 shots in the Tigers’ 4-0 win at Mankato East/Loyola on Jan. 30, earning her second shutout in four games. Leading 4-0 after two periods, Schneider fended off Mankato East/Loyola's late surge as they recorded 20 shots on goal in the final period.

Celia Whittington, Orono. Whittington led the Spartans’ offense during their shutout at Litchfield/Dassel/Cokato on Jan. 28 and in their win at Princeton on Jan. 30. At Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato, the junior forward scored all three goals in the 3-0 triumph, her first just 38 seconds into the game. During the 9-2 win at Princeton, she assisted on the game’s opening goal before scoring four times, including once on a power play.

*Stats and records as of Feb. 2.

MN Girls' Hockey Hub polls are for entertainment purposes only. 

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