Women’s Hockey: Wilks, Anderson earn ECAC East weekly honors

Women’s Hockey: Wilks, Anderson earn ECAC East weekly honors

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Senior defenseman Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman forward Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.) each picked up a weekly honor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East as announced by the conference late Monday night.

Wilks was named the Player of the Week after scoring two goals and adding four assists for six points on the weekend as the Cadets powered past Southern Maine and Plymouth State in ECAC East league games.

Wilks notched two assists on Friday to help the Cadets rally from a 2-0 deficit after the first intermission to score seven of the next eight goals en route to a 7-3 win over Southern Maine.

Wilks then scored two goals and added two more assists as part of a 14-0 rout of Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon. Her second goal of the game came while shorthanded and it was her 100th career point. She became just the fourth player in program history to record 100 points and is the first defenseman to accomplish the feat.

She is the second player to reach the 100-point milestone this season with fellow senior and team captain Melissa Rundlett accomplishing the feat at St. Michael's on Jan. 6. Julie Fortier reached 100 points last season against Castleton on Jan. 29, 2011. Sophie Leclerc '11 is the only other member of the 100-point-club and she holds the NU career scoring record with 163 points.

Wilks has nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points this season and has now tallied 36 goals and 65 assists for 101 points in 108 games played.

Anderson was named the Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and for the third time this season. The dynamic freshman forward recorded two goals and five assists for seven points to bring her total up to 35 points, which ties the freshman record for points in a season. She has 16 goals and 19 assists in 21 games played.

She scored twice in Friday's comeback win over Southern Maine and then established a new career-high for points in a game by tallying five assists in Saturday's win over Plymouth State.

Norwich is ranked second in both the d3hockey.com and USCHO.com polls that were released on Monday. The Cadets will get a stern test on Wednesday when they travel across Lake Champlain to take on Plattsburgh in a crucial non-conference showdown with the Cardinals. Face off is set for 7 p.m. at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.

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