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2nd NWHL All-Star Game
2017 NWHL All-Star Logo.png
1 2 3 OT Total
Team Steadman 2 5 3 {{{visitor_OT}}} 10
Team Kessel 3 5 3 {{{home_OT}}} 11
Date February 12, 2017
Arena UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
City Pittsburgh, PA, United States
MVP Amanda Kessel
Attendance
← 2016 To Be Determined →

The 2nd NWHL All-Star Game took place at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on February 12, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] A skills competition was held the day prior on February 11, 2017.[2]

This edition of the All-Star Game featured a "fantasy draft" format in order to determine the rosters. The team captains were Amanda Kessel from the New York Riveters, and forward Kelley Steadman, who was the MVP of the 2016 NWHL All-Star Game, from the Buffalo Beauts.

Selected players

Fan voting

Over 20,000 votes were cast in order to select four more players to add to the All-Star Game rosters.

Player Nationality Team # of votes
Harrison Browne Flag of Canada Canada Buffalo Beauts
Gigi Marvin Flag of the United States United States Boston Pride
Madison Packer Flag of the United States United States New York Riveters
Rebecca Russo Flag of the United States United States New York Riveters

[3]

Media selection

A group of NWHL reporters were given the ability to choose two players to attend the All-Star Game on 6 January 2016.[4][5]

Player Nationality Team
Ashley Johnston Flag of Canada Canada New York Riveters
Kelly Babstock Flag of Canada Canada Connecticut Whale

Rosters

Team Kessel
Player Team Pos. Nat.
Brittany Ott Boston Pride Goaltender Flag of the United States
Nicole Stock Connecticut Whale Goaltender Flag of the United States
Kacey Bellamy Boston Pride Defense Flag of the United States
Megan Bozek Buffalo Beauts Defense Flag of the United States
Courtney Burke New York Riveters Defense Flag of the United States
Gigi Marvin Boston Blades Defense Flag of the United States
Harrison Browne Buffalo Beauts Forward Flag of Canada
Meghan Duggan Boston Pride Forward Flag of the United States
Zoe Hickel Boston Pride
(traded to Connecticut before deadline)
Forward Flag of the United States
Amanda Kessel New York Riveters Forward Flag of the United States
Hilary Knight Boston Pride Forward Flag of the United States
Rebecca Russo New York Riveters Forward Flag of the United States
Kelli Stack Connecticut Whale Forward Flag of the United States
Dana Trivigno Connecticut Whale Forward Flag of the United States

Team Steadman
Player Team Pos. Nat.
Katie Fitzgerald New York Riveters Goaltender Flag of the United States
Brianne McLaughlin Buffalo Beauts Goaltender Flag of the United States
Blake Bolden Boston Pride Defense Flag of the United States
Kaleigh Fratkin New York Riveters Defense Flag of Canada
Ashley Johnston New York Riveters Defense Flag of Canada
Emily Pfalzer Buffalo Beauts Defense Flag of the United States
Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale Forward Flag of Canada
Corinne Buie Buffalo Beauts Forward Flag of the United States
Alexandra Carpenter Boston Pride Forward Flag of the United States
Shiann Darkangelo Buffalo Beauts Forward Flag of the United States
Brianna Decker Boston Pride Forward Flag of the United States
Madison Packer New York Riveters Forward Flag of the United States
Haley Skarupa Connecticut Whale Forward Flag of the United States
Kelley Steadman Buffalo Beauts Forward Flag of the United States

Game summary

The All-Star Game started with a 3-2 lead for Team Kessel, as they emerged victorious in the Skills Competition held on February 10, 2017, which saw both teams compete in a series of five skills events. A pair of twenty-five minute periods was staged at the All-Star Game, rather than the traditional format of three twenty-minute periods.

In the first period, Team Steadman scored the first goal, as Brianna Decker scored against Team Kessel goaltender Brittany Ott. Rookie Alexandra Carpenter was credited with the assist on Decker’s goal, as the score was now tied 3-3.

Kessel would score an unassisted goal on Team Steadman goaltender Brianne McLaughlin to reclaim the lead. Before the period would expire, a total of 10 goals were scored, with Team Kessel claiming an 8-7 lead.

Goals for Team Kessel were scored by Megan Bozek, Rebecca Russo and Harrison Browne, while Kessel scored another. Madison Packer would score twice for Team Steadman. Other Team Steadman scorers in the first included Emily Pfalzer and Kelly Babstock, the first (and only) Canadian-born player to score a goal in the game.

The second period saw Katie Fitzgerald between the pipes for Team Steadman, while Nicole Stock guarded the crease for Team Kessel. Harrison Browne would score another goal, while Hilary Knight also added her name to the scoresheet.

Team Steadman’s other scorers in the second period included Haley Skarupa, Carpenter and Steadman. Of note, Steadman would score to tie the game at 10-apiece. An empty net goal by Kessel would win the game for her team, as she recorded the first hat trick in NWHL All-Star Game history. For her efforts, she was recognized as the Game’s Most Valuable Player.[6]

Skills competition

  • Fastest skater: Rebecca Russo
  • Hardest shot: Blake Bolden
  • Shooting accuracy: Kelley Steadman

References

  1. The 2017 NWHL All-Star Game will be held in.... NWHL zone (2016-12-07). Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  2. Details Set for 2017 NWHL All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. NHL.com/Penguins (2016-12-13). Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  3. Fans Select Four NWHL All-Stars for Pittsburgh. NHL.com/Penguins (2017-01-05). Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  4. "Whale’s Babstock, Riveters’ Johnston added to NWHL All-Star Game", Excelle Sports, 6 January 2017. Retrieved on 15 January 2017. 
  5. "Babstock leads five players from Whale selected to play in NWHL All-Star Game", The Collinsville Press, 12 January 2017. Retrieved on 15 January 2017. 
  6. NWHL Stars Shine Bright in Pittsburgh. NWHL (2017-02-13). Retrieved on 2017-02-14.
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