Sarah Nurse named PWHL First Star of the Week

Sarah Nurse (GabboT, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Ian Kennedy of The Hockey News on Monday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sarah Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario has been named the Professional Women’s Hockey League First Star of the Week for the week from February 27 to March 3, 2024. In two games, Nurse, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, had two goals and two assists for four points. She had six shots on goal, 27 faceoff wins, and one game-winning goal.

Nurse’s game-winning goal came in a 4-3 Toronto win over Minnesota on February 27. She scored from Canadian Olympic gold medalists Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, Manitoba and Emma Maltais of Burlington, Ontario. Nurse’s other goal in the week also came in the win over Minnesota. She scored from Canadian Olympic gold medalist Renata Fast of Hamilton, Ontario.

Nurse’s two assists helped set up Canadian Olympic gold medalist Natalie Spooner of Scarborough, Ontario, and Hannah Miller of North Vancouver, British Columbia in a 5-2 Toronto win over Ottawa on March 2. Spooner and Larocque won gold medals for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Maltais and Fast won a gold medal for Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

In 14 games this season, Nurse has four goals and six assists for 10 points. She is a -3 with 10 penalty minutes, 94 faceoff wins, 37 shots on goal, and one game-winning goal. With the two wins, Toronto improved to a record of six regulation wins, three wins in extra time and five regulation losses for 24 points. They are in third place in the PWHL Standings, three points back of Montreal and Minnesota.

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