The Manitoba U-18 AAA Female Hockey League announced its player and goaltender of the week awards, following the completion of the third week of its 2020-21 minor hockey season. Leading the way was 2003-born goaltender Megan Beswitherick and 2003-born forward Trinity Grove.
Beswitherick, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound netminder of Austin, has been sharp for the Central Plains Capitals so far in this young season. Last week, she won her only start by a score of 2-1. Not on the receiving end of much goal support, the 17-year-old backstop put up a stellar .980 save percentage, turning aside 47 of the 48 shots she faced, giving up just one goal against the Westman Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.
Her bid for a shutout came to a bitter end with just 1:33 left in the game, but the young netminder held on to give Central Plains its first victory of the season. Beswitherick went 6-15-3 in 2019-20 after going 9-16-1 the year prior. The Grade 12 MacGregor Collegiate Institute student also has three career MFHL shutouts to her name.
Grove, who recently committed to the University of Regina Cougars for 2021-22, took home the player of the week honours, as she continues to lead the league in scoring with four goals and eight points in five contests. The St. Andrews product has six points in her past three games, including back-to-back multi-point outings, to which the Winnipeg Avros’ captain recorded two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Pembina Valley, before putting up another two points against the Winnipeg Ice on Wednesday.
For her MFHL career, the 17-year-old has 50 goals and 90 points in 107 combined games. She finished eighth in league scoring last season, while also continuing to contribute on the physical side of things. Grove has 96 penalty minutes to her name over her two past seasons of MFHL action. This past week, she picked up her 100th career point as a Winnipeg Avro.