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Scottsdale native Newkirk captures weekly Hockey East women’s honor



A pair of Boston College women’s hockey players were honored with Hockey East weekly honors on Monday following a standout week on the ice for the Eagles.

Junior forward Makenna Newkirk earned Warrior Player of the Week.


Newkirk, a Scottsdale native, ranked second nationally this week in scoring, posting 10 points from three goals and seven assists. Her 3.33 points per game mark was second-best in the country among all full-time Division I players.

Additionally, Newkirk’s seven assists led the nation, while her 2.33 assists per game was the highest among full-time D-I players nationally. She also led the nation with a pair of game-winning goals last week: Jan. 2 at Merrimack and Jan. 5 against New Hampshire.

On Tuesday in the 7-3 win at Merrimack, Newkirk posted a four-point night (two goals, two assists) and followed that with a career-best five-point effort (one goal, four assists) in the 6-0 win over UNH on Friday at Kelley Rink. On Sunday, Newkirk wrapped up the week with an assist in the return game at New Hampshire, a 5-1 win.

Newkirk added a .580 faceoff winning percentage on the week and was tied with teammate Daryl Watts for the nation’s highest plus/minus (plus-8) among full-time D-I players.

This is Newkirk’s seventh career Hockey East weekly honor, but her first since capturing six rookie honors in 2015-16. It’s her first player of the week nod.

(Jan. 8, 2018)