Connecticut Whale forward led PHF with 14 points in eight-game streak
BOSTON, MA – (February 2, 2023) – The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced that Connecticut forward Kennedy Marchment is the PHF Player of the Month for January. The league’s reigning top scorer and MVP recorded an impressive 14 points in eight games including nine goals and five assists to help the Whale climb into fourth place in the overall standings.
“It is an honor to receive Player of the Month recognition,” said Marchment. “This month has been a significant turning point for the Whale and my personal success is just a product of our team’s success.”
Marchment was the model for consistency throughout the month, producing at least one point in all eight of her January games to extend her consecutive point-streak to nine. She had four multi-point performances in total, highlighted by her first career hat-trick on Jan. 18 in a 7-3 win over the Buffalo Beauts. She also had a three-point game on Jan. 8 in a 6-0 win over the Metropolitan Riveters, scoring the opening goal that held as the game-winner plus two primary assists on the team’s next two tallies. Marchment had a pair of two-goal games including Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh despite a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Force, and again on Jan. 22 in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Six where she contributed another game-winner and her second shorthanded goal of the month. With five regulation wins in January, Connecticut claimed 15 of a possible 24 points and now hold an 8-6-1 record with 25 points overall. They sit just one point behind Minnesota for third place, and nine ahead of Montreal.
“Kennedy continues to show that she is an impact player on the Whale and throughout the league,” said Alexis Moed, Whale general manager. “Her sense and ability to start plays, set up others, and finish her own opportunities is a pleasure to watch.”
The 26-year-old from Marmora, Ontario ranks third in PHF scoring with 22 points in 15 games, including 14 goals which is tied for second overall. She has four game-winning goals this season which is tied for most across the PHF, while her 66 shots on goal are third most among skaters. In only her second PHF season, the St. Lawrence University graduate has already established herself as the franchise’s all-time leader in points and goals with 55 and 27 through 35 games to date. She’s now cracked the top-15 in all-time PHF scoring, while her 1.57 career points-per-game mark is eighth best in history. Marchment is also a two-time PHF All-Star and helped her fellow Canadians capture the showcase championship on Sunday night in Toronto.
Also considered for the January award was Canadian All-Star MVP Loren Gabel who scored seven goals and four assists for 11 points in six games played for Boston. Connecticut’s Kateřina Mrázová who served as Team World’s All-Star captain also had a productive month with the Whale, scoring five goals and five assists for 10 points in eight games. On defense, Whale blue liner Allie Munroe led the way with eight assists in as many games. In goal, top All-Star netminder Corinne Schroeder won five of her six starts including two shutout victories with an overall save percentage of .972 for the Pride.
2022-23 PHF Players of the Month:
January: Kennedy Marchment (Connecticut Whale)
December: Brittany Howard (Toronto Six)
November: Corinne Schroeder (Boston Pride)
About the Premier Hockey Federation
The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. As part of a two-year agreement with ESPN, live coverage of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 PHF seasons is available exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States, and provides international rights for games which includes TSN in Canada. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.