SYRACUSE, NY – Plattsburgh senior netminder Kassi Abbott (Medofrd, MA/Boston Shamrocks Elite) and Buffalo State sophomore goalie Bri Gawronski (Dunkirk, NY) have been named the Northeast Women's Hockey League's Co-Goaltenders of the Year.
The award is voted upon by the head coaches of the NEWHL and was announced by the league on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from its conference office in Syracuse, N.Y.
The NEWHL Goaltender of the Year award is presented to the goalie who receives the most points during voting for the All-League Team. Both Gawronski and Abbott were named NEWHL First Team.
A native of New England, Abbott has recorded a 22-2 overall record and was a perfect 16-0 during NEWHL conference play. She currently leads the conference in goals against average (0.70), save percentage (.959) and winning percentage (.923), while her 401 saves ranks second.
During the 16-game NEWHL schedule, Abbott was credited for all 16 victories for the Cardinals while allowing just six total goals. She boasted a 0.41 goals against average and a .973 save percentage.
Gawronski's numbers are deceiving and belie how valuable of an asset she was for the Bengals this year. The sophomore netminder posted a 7-16-2 overall mark with a 4-11-1 record in conference games; however, she played more than 1500 minutes in net and recorded an astonishing conference-leading 838 saves – more than double of the next closest NEWHL goalkeeper (Abbott – 401).
Gawronski posted a 3.07 overall goals against mark (3.06 in conference play) and had a .916 save percentage (.921 NEWHL mark).