Ste. Anne product Raygan Kirk has been named this past week’s College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week. It is the fourth time in her short collegiate career that the former Eastman Selects star has earned this recognition.
The sophomore backstop of the NCAA’s Division I Robert Morris University put up a 32-save shutout in her only appearance last week, earning a 4-0 win. She increased her number of saves each period, including 24 in the final 40 minutes of action (8, 10, 14). She currently holds a 2-0-0 record with two goals against and 62 total saves in six periods of work. Her team sits at 4-0-0 after having faced off against Lindenwood University four times in the early going.
“It’s definitely a good feeling,” Kirk told RMU’s Stack the Pads podcast on starting the season 4-0. “Usually we’d play those tougher, higher-ranked teams and we’re battling it out, but you saw it last year, we had a couple tough losses and we worked really hard. So it’s nice to go into break 4-0 and continue to play conference wise. Hopefully we get a couple out-of conference games, but I’m not sure what the plan is for that and what the rules allow.”
After completing a sensational freshman season for the Colonials – the 2019-20 second-place team in the CHA with a conference record of 13-5-2 – Raygan Kirk, Game On Magazine’s co-Female Player of the Year (Wisconsin’s Kristen Campbell) has returned home and is quarantining once again for the Christmas season. However, this time around she has a backyard rink to skate on and stay in shape until her team returns to action in early January against Adrian College and first-place Penn State.
“For me, everything is closed here, so it’s hard to get on the ice or in the gym, so we’re back to the home workout thing,” she said. “I’m in quarantine too, so it’s a little frustrating that way, but we do have a few weeks when we get back before we start playing games again, so I think we all know what we have to do to get back into that shape that we were in against Lindenwood, and we have some tough games coming up.”
After three terrific seasons with the Eastman Selects in the Manitoba Female Hockey League U18 AAA, she led Team Canada to the World U18 Women’s Championship and was the tournament ‘s most valuable player. With that, she accepted a scholarship to Robert Morris and was an instant success playing for the small, 5,000 student, Moon County, PA. college, roughly 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
“I really enjoyed my first year and I really like Pittsburgh,” the 2019 graduate of Lorette Collegiate earlier told Game On. “We go hiking and kayaking a lot and we’ll try to get to as many Pirates games as a we can. But the year went by really quickly, especially the second half. It’s like it never happened it went by so fast.”
The 19-year-old member of Canada’s U-22 Women’s Team, Kirk played in 26 games overall last season and had a goals against average of 2.05 and a save percentage of .925. She had a record of 15-8-1 and was the team’s No. 1 goaltender by the end of the season. She set a top-five record for single-season save percentage in RMU history in 2019-20, was named the CHA All-Rookie Goaltender of the Year and has recently been named RMU Athletics Student Athlete of the Week.
“It was a really good season,” she said. “I definitely got to play more than I thought I would. Our coach told all of the freshmen at the start of the season just to work your hardest and play as best you can and you’ll get a chance. The way it worked out, I got to play a lot. For a freshman, I was really fortunate… But I won’t forget losing that playoff game in overtime to Mercyhurst. I’ve seen the video lots of times and it still hurts.”