From the start of the 2021 Dream Gap Tour, rookie forward Abby Roque has dominated the PWHPA with a total of five goals and five assists in only four games. She is a force to be reckoned with on Team Minnesota and as the PWHPA heads into their championship weekend in St. Louis, MO, will she continue to bring the heat?
“I think she’s going to be the best player in the world. Plain and simple,” Hilary Knight stated about her teammate.
Roque did not waste any time in the first two Dream Gap Tour stops in New York City and Chicago
Opening weekend in New York City, Roque not only was a part of history as the PWHPA game was the first professional women’s game played at Madison Square Garden, she helped lead her team to their first victory 5-2. In the opening game alone, Roque recorded two goals and two assists.
In Chicago, Roque was on fire when she ended her weekend with two goals and two assists. Could it have been the dip dish pizza that added to her success on the ice? Whatever it was, Roque could not be stopped and her individual contributions helped lead her team to victory and an overall Dream Gap Tour lead of eight to two over Team Women’s Sports Foundation.
What's the key to @abby_roque's success on the ice?
— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) March 6, 2021
— PWHPA (@PWHPA) March 8, 2021
Now heading into the Secret Deodorant Cup weekend for the US portion of the Dream Gap Tour with five goals and five assists, can she keep her streak alive? As competitive as these teams have been throughout their games, it will not be an easy fight. With Roque’s aggressive style of play and her ability to find her teammates on the ice to make those highlight worthy goals, it is almost guaranteed Team Adidas is going to come out strong.
It all comes down to this weekend in St. Louis and the action begins May 16th at 1 PM EST streaming globally on cbc.ca.
Photo credit: Troy Parla/PWHPA