EASTON, Mass. (November 2, 2022)- Stonehill College women’s ice hockey freshman, Alexis Petford was named to the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) Honor Roll for Rookie of the Month as announced by the organization earlier today.

Petford is off to a stellar start in her rookie campaign as the first-year forward has already been named a New England Women’s Hockey Alliance Rookie of the Week. She is just one of three Skyhawks so far this season to have won a weekly NEWHA award (Hanna Zukow-Goalie of the Week (Nov. 1) and Gracie Sacca-Rookie of the Week (Oct. 11)).

She currently has a team-high, five goals and is tied for second on the team with five assists. She leads the squad in points with 10 (five goals and five assists) and is averaging one point per game. Petford’s best game as a Skyhawk so far came in a 9-0 victory over fellow NEWHA member, Saint Michael’s College where Petford netted two goals and was a +3 on the day as well. Last weekend against Franklin Pierce University, Petford dished out a career-best, two assists en route to a 4-1 victory over the defending conference champions.

In terms of the conference, Petford is ranked within the top five in multiple categories that include: points (second-10), goals (second-five), assists (second-five), and plus/minus (fourth- +7). Petford ranks within the top 15 in terms of shots (13th) as she has taken 22 on the season and is ranked third on the team in the same category.

Stonehill’s next game is a home and home with Saint Anselm College when the Purple and White travel to the Hawks on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. and then host Saint Anselm the next day at 5 p.m. The Skyhawks then head out on a road trip the next two weeks starting on Friday, November 11 at Sacred Heart University at 4 p.m. and again on Saturday, November 12 at 2:30 p.m. Stonehill wraps up their road trip at Long Island University on Friday, November 18 at 3 p.m. and then Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Finally, the Skyhawks wrap up the month of November with a weekend home series against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Friday, November 25 at 5 p.m. and then Saturday, November 26 at 1 p.m.

About the HCA

Beginning in the 1990s, the commissioners of the NCAA’s Division I ice hockey conferences began meeting regularly to discuss ways to grow the sport of college hockey. Their meetings and activities were formalized when the Hockey Commissioners Association was created in 2003. At first, the HCA dealt solely with men’s hockey issues. The Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association was formed in 2014.

In 2009, the HCA negotiated with USA Hockey to secure funding for a marketing arm for Division I Men’s hockey, College Hockey Inc. (CHI). Division I Men’s hockey has benefited from the work of CHI, as have hundreds of families who have been provided information and guidance as they make important choices for their hockey-playing sons.

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