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

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 01/04/22, 12:00PM CST

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

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

Ana Jyrkas, Fergus Falls. As the eldest member of the Otters’ goaltending trio, the sophomore has seen all of the action in net this season, leading the Otters to a 12-1-1 record thus far. Jyrkas backed a 3-0 Robbinsdale Holiday Tournament showing for the Otters last week, recording her third shutout of the season on a season-high 41 shots to start the tournament with a 5-0 victory against Two Rivers/St. Paul. She then allowed just two goals each in the next two games, stopping a combined 49 of 53 shots to help the Otters to the earn the Tournament Championship. Jyrkas has second most wins (12) of all goalies in the state this season.

Top performer candidates

Lucie Bond, Minnehaha United. The senior forward recorded an impressive nine points in the United’s 11-4 win against Irondale/St. Anthony on Dec. 30. Bond scored twice, including once on a power play, and tallied seven assists—the most in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) history, according to the MSHSL. Bond's 28 goals, 27 assists and 55 points are all second most across the state so far this season.

Danielle Brunette, Chisago Lakes. The senior forward tied her previous season high of six points on Dec. 30 as the Wildcats handed Red Wing a 13-0 loss. Brunette recorded all of her points within the game’s first 22 minutes. She tallied a pair of shorthanded assists on one penalty kill mid-way through the first period and added her final two assists within the next three minutes. Brunette then got in on the scoring herself with a pair of goals, netting both within a three-minute span early in the second period. Brunette is averaging over two points per game this season.

Ana Jyrkas, Fergus Falls. As the eldest member of the Otters’ goaltending trio, the sophomore has seen all of the action in net this season, leading the Otters to a 12-1-1 record thus far. Jyrkas backed a 3-0 Robbinsdale Holiday Tournament showing for the Otters last week, recording her third shutout of the season on a season-high 41 shots to start the tournament with a 5-0 victory against Two Rivers/St. Paul. She then allowed just two goals each in the next two games, stopping a combined 49 of 53 shots to help the Otters to the earn the Tournament Championship. Jyrkas has second most wins (12) of all goalies in the state this season.

Mariah Marek, New Prague. The senior goaltender made her fourth appearance of the season in net on Dec. 30 at Simley. Her first game in two weeks, Marek faced nearly the same amount of shots against Simley (65) as she did in her first three games of the season combined (66). Marek made 64 saves in the 1-1 overtime tie, a .985 save percentage, including 11 saves in overtime.

Ava Tibodeau, Mankato East. With back-to-back four and five-point games last week, you wouldn’t guess that the outings were Tibodeau’s first multi-point games of the season—or that she’s only in eighth grade. Tibodeau recorded her first hat trick in the Cougars’ 8-1 victory against Windom on Dec. 28, scoring her first goal just 32 seconds into the game and completing the hat trick early in the third. She also had one assist. Tibodeau then bested that performance the next night, tallying five points as the Cougars defeated Worthington 12-2. She scored four goals and added an assist.

*Stats and records as of Jan. 2.

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

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