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Cortland Duo Win NEWHL Weekly Awards

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Cortland sophomore forward Amanda Gaffney (Williamsville/Amherst Knights) and sophomore goalie Emily Steen (Windom, MN/Windom H.S.) have been honored by the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) for the week ending Dec. 1. Gaffney was chosen as the NEWHL Player of the Week and Steen is the league’s Goalie of the Week.

Gaffney scored four goals in a two-game road sweep at Lebanon Valley over the weekend as the Red Dragons improved to 6-1-1 on the season.

In a 5-0 win on Saturday, Gaffney recorded her first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal midway through the first period. The following afternoon she netted the game winner 13 seconds before the end of the first period in a 3-0 victory. For the season, Gaffney has scored eight points on five goals and three assists.

In her first two career starts, Steen posted back-to-back shutouts in the sweep at Lebanon Valley. She turned aside three shots in Saturday’s victory and followed that with eight saves on Sunday.

The NEWHL is in its third season of existence in 2019-20. The conference consists of Cortland, Buffalo St., Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam – all previously members of the ECAC West – along with 2019-20 additions Canton and Morrisville.

Cortland (6-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 NEWHL) travels to Oswego for a league matchup Wednesday at 7 p.m. and hosts nationally top-ranked and defending national champion Plattsburgh Friday at 7 p.m.

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