The month of December held many games for the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association teams. Throughout the month, many players shined bright, but three players stood out the most. These three standout players, from various CCWHA teams, have been named the December 2018 CCWHA Three Stars of the Month.
The third star during the last month of the year goes to Michigan State University’s Ashley Astor. The senior forward played in just three games, and tallied four points (1g, 3a). Those four points helped excel the Spartans past Aquinas in the 6-2 as Astor put up two assists in the win. During the close loss to Miami at home, 4-3, Astor found one of the three goals and also registered a single assist. Astor currently has 17 total points (3g, 14a) and leads the Spartans in assists for 2018-19.
December’s second star of the month was earned by University of Michigan’s Bailey Hamill. Despite recording two losses, Hamill held the No. 1 ACHA ranked team on the country, CCWHA league member Adrian College, to just four goals in two games. With the Bulldogs winning some games by double-digits, this was an incredible feat. Hamill allowed just one goal against in the series’ first game with Adrian, stopped 41 of 42 shots on net. Game two, three goals went past the maize and blue netminder in game two, with Hamill making 41 saves for a second time, this time on 44 shots on goal. The senior goaltender is currently 1-6 this season, with 206 saves in seven games, and has allowed 21 goals for Michigan.
The first star of the twelfth month is awarded to Miami University’s Sara Gargasz. The first year Redhawk put up nine points (6g, 3a) in just four games during December. During the two game series with Michigan State, Gargasz found three points (2g, 1a) in the 4-3 win, and recorded one of the two Miami goals in the 3-2 loss to finish the series. The Redhawks then went on to play Davenport where Gargasz would put in a total of five points (3g, 2a) throughout the 7-0 and 5-1 wins. Number nine currently has 23 points (18g, 5a) this season, leading Miami in both goals and points.
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications
Photos: Mackenzie Smith/Katie Smith