Thursday the NWHL announced Boston Pride player Amanda Pelkey had earned the league’s second Player of the Week award of the second season. Pelkey was awarded the honors after she scored in the shootout against the Buffalo Beauts this past weekend to win the game for her team. In doing so, she kept Boston undefeated through its first three games of the season.
“Honestly, there was a lot of snow in front of the net, so it was kind of hard [to shoot],” Pelkey told media after her game-winning goal Saturday night. “I was talking to Zoe [Hickel] and I was like, ‘Honestly, we should just go five-hole.’
“I either get the goalie moving and go five-hole or I shoot deep backhand,” Pelkey said, adding that it seemed a likelier solution given that a few of her teammates had already attempted a backhand move on Beauts goalie Brianne McLaughlin and been stonewalled.
Pelkey did not take home the weekly award last season, marking this as the first time she has been so recognized. A forward out of the University of Vermont and a national team player, she posted solid numbers her rookie season. She continued to grow her game and distinguish herself in Boston among a number of Olympians.
In her first season in the league Pelkey recorded 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) and added 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the playoffs, helping her team to a win in the Isobel Cup Final, the first in history.
Pelkey has represented Team USA on the international stage several times. She won gold at the IIHF World Championships this past spring, as well as at two Four Nation Cups over the last several years.