Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Monumental month of December very memorable for Brittany Ott

One of the most underrated star players in women’s hockey today, goaltender Brittany Ott enjoyed a landmark month of December, filled with milestones, honors and a chance to make history. Standing between the pipes for the NWHL’s Boston Pride, Ott has provided the club with solid goaltending that shall keep the franchise in the conversation for the Isobel Cup.

Such an exciting month would begin with a landmark announcement. Joining the likes of Nana Fujimoto and Brianne McLaughlin, Ott was named among the group of goaltenders that shall compete in the inaugural NWHL All-Star Game on January 24, 2016 at Harbor Center in Buffalo.
As Pride teammate Hilary Knight and Buffalo Beauts captain Emily Pfalzer were named team captains for the inaugural mid-season classic, an NWHL All-Star Game Draft was ghledby Team Pfalzer, it would come as no surprise to hockey aficionados if she gained the first win in All-Star Game history.

Ott would follow it up by continuing to make her mark in NWHL lore. With strong momentum, she led the Pride to a December 20, 1-0 shutout victory, on the strength of 25 saves. Not only did it mark her fifth win of the season, it was also the first shutout in NWHL history.

Hilary Knight would log the game winning tally in the second period against Beauts goaltender (and fellow teammate on the US national team) Brianne McLaughlin. As a side note, Ott would earn Second Star of the Game honors. Knight earned the First Star, while McLaughlin was recognized with the Third Star for her 35-save effort.

Considering that Ott has also earned the distinction of being the first American-born goaltender to win an NWHL regular season game, the prestige of the first shutout in league history only complements such an achievement.

Before the month would expire, Ott would join her teammates in an unprecedented match. Gracing the frozen surface at Gillette Stadium, home to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots, the Pride would participate in the Women’s Winter Classic, the first-ever outdoor professional women’s hockey match. With the game ending in a 1-1 tie, Ott allowed the first-ever outdoor goal to Kim Deschenes, a member of the opposing Canadiennes de Montreal from the CWHL.

From a lasting legacy with the Maine Black Bears, to a valiant performance of sixty minutes of shutout hockey in the 2014 Clarkson Cup final (which may have been the finest hockey performance of her career), the NWHL has marked Ott’s arrival as a true hockey superstar. Bringing remarkable poise and confidence between the pipes, her warm, inviting smile and polite demeanor display a love of the game and a boundless enthusiasm that embodies the residual warmth of the rink.

Winter Classic Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America

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