Swedish Women’s Hockey- SDHL 2018/9 - September Review

Swedish Women’s Hockey- SDHL 2018/9 - September Review

01 Oct 2018Adrian J»
 

October has come and that means it is time to review the first month of the SDHL, the Swedish Women’s Hockey League where teams have played between six to eight games so far.

 
 
 
 

Luleå/ MSSK

The Swedish Women's Hockey League is in full swing and, as suspected, Luleå/ MSSK are already showing their superiority having not lost a game yet and notching up a fearful 28 Goals to only 2 Against in just six games.

Leading the way are super Finnish duo of Jenni Hiirikoski and Michelle Karvinen with 14 and 11 in Total Points respectively. Meanwhile Swedish keeper, Sara Grahn tops out the league's netminders with a nearly perfect 98,80 SVS%.

MODO Hockey

However, Luleå they do not lead the table, by virtue of the fact that MODO Hockey have played more games, eight in total. They have won six and won one in Overtime, against the team who beat them in last year's semi final, Linköping HC.

The club can thank their import players, with Czech keeper Klara Peslarova in goal and international talent on the ice when they have found the net. That includes Canadians Michelle Cava, Brooke Bobquist, Lauren Wildfang, Kaitlyn Tougas and French Marion Allemoz. All six have more than a Point Per Game so far.

Linköping HC

Linköping HC look unlikely to able to compete for another final this year, with only three regulation wins out of eight matches. However, they can rest content in having the league's top goal scorer and points-getter Kennedy Marchment. The 21 year old Canadian has gain 11 goals and 4 assists since moving from the American NCAA College league this summer.

Import players and the national team

The Swedish Women's Hockey League continues to impress but new developments this year may have the Swedish national selectors worried. Only five of the top 20 in Total Points are Swedish. The best placed Swede is only in tenth place, Anna Borgqvist of Leksand IF. Her teammate, Hanna Sköld, is the only one of the five Swedes who is under 25 and she currently lies in 20th place. 

On the goalkeeping front things are not much better. Only five of the top 11 keepers are from Sweden, the nation that ended as disappointing seventh in the recent Pyeongchang Olympics earlier this year. Worrying times on the national front even as the domestic league prospers.


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