MEQUON, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team celebrated its 2016-17 season this past weekend with a postseason banquet. The Falcons handed out awards for the season and celebrated its senior class as well.
CUW posted a 10-13-2 record in 2016-17, placing fifth in the NCHA. In addition, the Falcons set several records, highlighted by senior Veronika Metanova, who became the program's leader in points and assists. In addition, the Falcons had six players land on the NCHA All-Academic Team, while sophomore goaltender Christina Pattengale earned All-NCHA honors.
The Falcons also celebrated the careers of an impressive senior class. CUW had five seniors this past year, those players being Nicole Krumwiede, Brittany Sticha, Baylee Darling, Brandi Muller, and Metanova.
Below are the Falcons awards from the 2016-17 season
Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year: Veronika Metanova (senior – Palatine, Illinois) – Metanova became the Falcons all-time leader in career points (90) and assists (55). This season, she had the second most productive year in Falcons history, recording 31 points with 12 goals and 19 assists. She posted 10 games with two or more points, including a season-best four on two separate occasions.
Defensive Player of the Year: Baylee Darling (senior – Holmen, Wisconsin) – Darling moved all around during her career, playing some at defense and some at forward. Her senior season she was featured as a first line blueliner. The assistant captain responded with a strong year, recording 10 points and a +9 plus/minus. The Falcons allowed 61 goals in 2016-17, the fewest in program history.
Unsung Hero (Awarded to the player who made significant contributions to the success of the team but may not have necessarily received the credit they deserved in the public eye): Nicole Krumwiede (senior – Itasca, Illinois) – The assistant captain skated in 19 games this season and provided high energy to the Falcons lineup. She posted a +1 plus/minus rating and recorded four points.
Co-Rookies of the Year: Breanna Thomson (freshman – St Marys, Ontario) and Natasha Wanless (freshman – Madison, Wisconsin) – Thomson started nine games between the pipes for the Falcons, posting a 2.11 GAA and a .924 save percentage. She allowed 19 goals in 541:07 of play. Wanless finished her rookie season with nine points, scoring three goals and adding six assists in 25 games.
Iron Falcon (Awarded to the player who came in first for the Falcons strength and conditioning test at the start of the year) – Chloe Bachman. Bachman's hard work in the offseason paid off as she skated in all 25 games for the Falcons this season.
- Veronika Metanova – Most Points in a career (90)
- Veronika Metanova – Most Assists in a career (55)
- Veronika Metanova – Most SH goals in a season and career (3)
- Lexi Holman – Tied for Most PP goals in a career (9)
- Brittany Sticha – Tied for Most PP goals in a career (9)
- Christina Pattengale – Tied for Most shutouts in a career (4)
- Lexi Holman – Most PP goals in a season (6)
- Christina Pattengale – Tied for Most shutouts in a season (2)
- Kristen Kennedy – Most goals in a game (4 at Finlandia, 11/18/16)
- Lexi Holman – Tied Most points in a game (5 vs. Finlandia, 1/27/17)
- Kristen Kennedy – Tied Most points in a game (5 at Finlandia, 11/18/16)
- Lexi Holman – Tied Most PP goals in a game (2 at St. Scholastica, 2/11/17)
- Brandi Muller – Tied Most PP goals in a game (2 vs. Saint Benedict, 12/9/16)
- Veronika Metanova – Tied Most SH Goals in a game (2 at Bethel, 1/6/17)
Per Game Records
- Veronika Metanova – Most points per game in career (0.87)
- Lexi Holman – Most goals per game in career (0.38)
- Veronika Metanova – Most assists per game in career (0.53)
- Veronika Metanova – Most assists per game in season (0.76)
- Veronika Metanova – Most points per game in season (1.24)
- Most shots on goal in a game (66 vs. Finlandia, 1/28/17)
- Most PP goals game (4 at St. Scholastica, 2/11/17)
- Tied Most SH goals game (2 at Bethel, 1/6/17)