Dunville’s Blanche wins new AUS women’s hockey award

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New­found­lan­der Ni­cole Blanche has been named the first-ever win­ner of the At­lantic Univer­sity Sports (AUS) women’s hockey top de­fen­sive player award.

The award will be given an­nu­ally to a skater who con­sis­tently ex­cels in de­fen­sive as­pects of the game and dis­plays strong play in all ar­eas of the ice in­di­vid­u­ally and as part of her team’s de­fen­sive tac­tics.

A fourth- year com­merce stu­dent from Dunville, Blanche is part of a Huskies squad that fin­ished first in the AUS reg­u­lar-sea­son stand­ings. Saint Mary’s (18-3-3) boasted the low­est goals-against av­er­age in the con­fer­ence at just 1.71 per game.

Blanche was se­lected as the win­ner of this award based upon cri­te­ria such as face­off suc­cess, blocked shots, forecheck­ing, rush-zone de­fend­ing, penalty killing and the abil­ity to shut down the op­po­si­tion’s top play­ers.

Saint Mary’s be­gan a be­stof- three play­off semi­fi­nal against the Univer­sity of Monc­ton Thurs­day night in Hal­i­fax, win­ning Game 1 by a score of 3-2. The other semi­fi­nal be­tween the St. Thomas Tom­mies and St. Fran­cis Xavier X-Women started Fri­day in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVER­SITY

Ni­cole Blanche was re­cently named At­lantic Univer­sity Sports’ best de­fen­sive player in women’s hockey.

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